It’s difficult, in the big picture, to label the Las Vegas Raiders’ injury report on Wednesday as good news, but the fact that defensive end Yannick Ngakoue practiced some has to be considered a win.
According to the team’s official injury report after practice, Ngakoue was limited in practice with a hamstring as the Raiders prepare to play at the Pittsburgh Steelers in Week 2. That means he could potentially play Sunday and that it the injury may not be overly serious. Ngakoue left Monday night’s win over the Baltimore Ravens in the fourth quarter. By Tuesday, Raiders coach Jon Gruden said he was concerned the injury could be serious.
But this is positive news. Yet, there was plenty of bad news on the report.
Of course, defensive tackle Gerald McCoy and guard Denzelle Good are expected to go on the injured reserve and will be out for the year. The Raiders have already signed defensive tackle Damion Square and are adding guard Justin Simmons.
UPDATE: The Raiders made these moves official.
On Tuesday, Gruden also said backup quarterback Marcus Mariota could be out for a while.
The status of running back Josh Jacobs, and key role defensive players Carl Nassib and Nick Kwiatkoski will be monitored throughout the week. Jacobs does miss practice time on occasion, but he was clearly banged up Monday night.
Longtime NFL reporter Mike Silver reported that Las Vegas starting left guard Richie Incognito is likely to miss his second straight game with a calf injury. He hasn’t practiced in the past four weeks and he hasn’t played since Week 2 of last season when he suffered an Achilles injury.