Waller has missed two straight games after injuring his knee on Nov. 25 against the Dallas Cowboys. Initially the injury was considered to be minor and he was listed as week-to-week, then last week, Raiders interim head coach Rich Bisaccia said Waller was day-to-day.
Still on Monday, Bisaccia said that Waller was making some progress. He is no longer relegated to the rehab pool and is now working on a treadmill. Of course, Waller will not be cleared to play until after he can show he can practice on the field without complications. With the Raiders playing in just five days, it may be a challenge getting Waller ready, making the possibility of him missing a third straight game real.
There are some other Raiders players dealing with injuries this week as well:
Bisaccia's long injury list today:— Vic Tafur (@VicTafur) December 13, 2021
Darren Waller (knee, back) & Denzel Perrymah (ankle) still questionable, DW progressed from pool to treadmill but not field;
Foster Moreau day to day with muscle strain;
Maxx Crosby (calf) limited;
Trayon Mullen (toe) questionable. #Raiders
In other notes:
- Bisaccia said he would have rather not had the team stomp on the Chiefs’ logo before Sunday’s 48-9 loss. He said he understood why the Chiefs would be upset and he said he has talked to some of the players about it and he would address it in a team meeting. Defensive end Yannick Ngakoue led that decision.
- Bisaccia was asked if he thought about playing Marcus Mariota some at quarterback because of the offensive line struggles. He made it clear the Raiders feel like their best chance to win is with Derek Carr playing.