As the Las Vegas Raiders enter their bye week, they got good news on two key offensive players.
Raiders interim head coach Rich Bisaccia said on Monday that running back Josh Jacobs had a chest contusion and he will be fine. He missed the second half of Las Vegas’ 33-22 home win over the Philadelphia Eagles on Sunday. Bisaccia also said that star tight end Darren Waller is “day-to-day” with an ankle injury that he hurt in practice on Friday. Waller sat out the win over the Eagles’ and Bisaccia said the TE will stay in Las Vegas during the bye week to get treatment.
Barring setbacks, it sounds like both Jacobs and Waller could be ready to play after the bye when the Raiders visit the New York Giants on Nov. 7.
Bisaccia also said that left guard John Simpson is still being evaluated for a leg injury he suffered in the fourth quarter. Simpson was moving OK on Monday, and like Waller, he will receive treatment this week.
Meanwhile, the Raiders are reportedly signing tight end Daniel Helm. The team has recently put Derek Carrier and Nick Bowers on the injured reserve and promoted Matt Bushman from the practice squad for Week 7. Helm, a 26-year-old Duke product, played five games for the San Francisco 49ers last year.
Meanwhile, Bisaccia said he is hoping to get some players off the injured reserve in the next three to five weeks. He doesn’t think any of them will be able to return for the Giants’ game, though. Two weeks ago, former coach Jon Gruden said the hope for guard Richie Incognito to return was Week 9. Now, that plan seems to be pushed back a bit.