Three Las Vegas Raiders’ starting defensive players were hurt on Sunday in a pivotal loss to the Indianapolis Colts and they may not be ready to play by Thursday night against the visiting Los Angeles Chargers.
Defensive end Clelin Ferrell hurt his left shoulder in the first quarter of the Colts game and did not return. Linebacker Nicholas Morrow and safety Johnathan Abram both left the game in the fourth quarter with possible concussions.
Las Vegas coach Jon Gruden said on Monday that both Morrow and Abram are now in the NFL’s concussion protocol. It will be difficult for them to both pass the protocol on a short week. In addition, starting rookie cornerback Damon Arnette missed Sunday’s game with a concussion. Overall, Gruden said it will be “tough” for all of the injured players to be able to play against the Chargers.
For Thursday games, the NFL has teams post an injury estimate on Mondays. In that scenario, Ferrell, Morrow, Abram and Arnette would have missed Monday’s practice if there was one.
The Chargers are also dealing with injury issues. They estimated that 12 players would have missed Monday’s practice.