Las Vegas Raiders star pass-rusher Maxx Crosby is expected to practice Friday for the first time in three weeks and is expected to play Sunday against the Minnesota Vikings at Allegiant Stadium. Kickoff is set for 1:05 p.m. PT.
The defensive end didn’t practice Wednesday and Thursday because of a knee injury. However, he told The NFL Network on Friday morning that he will practice later in the day and he will play Sunday. Shortly afterward, Las Vegas interim head coach Antonio Pierce said he expected Crosby to play Sunday “without a doubt.”
Meanwhile, the Raiders aren’t getting good injury news on standout left tackle Kolton Miller. He has been ruled out of the game with a shoulder injury.
Miller didn’t practice this week. He re-aggravated a should injury in the loss to the Chiefs in the fourth quarter. He had missed the two previous games. It is not known how badly he re-injured the shoulder. He will likely be replaced by Jermaine Eluemunor. This is a big key to the game as the Vikings’ have a strong pass-rush led by Danielle Hunter, who has 13.5 sacks this season.
Crosby was listed as doubtful to play Week 12 in a loss to Kansas City, but he played anyway even though he was in the hospital that week and didn’t practice. The Raiders had a bye last week. Crosby, who has never missed an NFL game since entering in 2019, told the NFL Network if he “has a heartbeat” he will play. Crosby is among the NFL sack leaders with 11.5 this season.
Raiders’ kicker Daniel Carlson was back to practice Friday after being ill Thursday. He is set to play.