As if Derek Carr’s groin injury wasn’t enough. the Las Vegas Raiders saw second-year standout wide receiver Hunter Renfrow take a viscous hit to the head in the third quarter on a punt return against the Los Angeles Chargers on Thursday night.
It wasn’t pretty. Take a look if you can stomach it:
remember when the NFL cared about player safety for a few weeks last season and flagged helmet to helmet hits?— Warren Sharp (@SharpFootball) December 18, 2020
no flag here pic.twitter.com/fvGzYrbaXd
Renfrow wobbled off the field and was examined on the sideline. He then went to the locker room for further examination.
Remarkably, the Chargers were not called for a penalty and Twitter didn’t like it.
That hit on Renfro looked really bad.— Sam Farmer (@LATimesfarmer) December 18, 2020
How is that not targeting?— Vincent Bonsignore (@VinnyBonsignore) December 18, 2020
The Raiders started the game without first-round pick, wide receiver Henry Ruggs III, who is on the NFL’s reserve/COVID-10 list and now Renfrow is out. Of course, Carr is out for the rest of the game with a strained groin.
Renfrow is a major key for the Raiders as a third-down receiver and as a punt returner. If the Raiders are going to win this game, they may have to do it without Renfrow and Carr but fortunately backup quarterback Marcus Mariota is keeping the Raiders in this game.