Wednesday, December 1, 2021

Doctor gives insight into Raiders TE’s injury Darren Waller

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The Las Vegas Raiders are back in the column with a bold win against the Dallas Cowboys in Thursday Night Football. After three games of losing streak, not many people expected them to win. It took some drama and overtime to materialize, but the Raiders are winners and back over .500 with a 6-5 record.

It wasn’t all good news for the team, however, as star tight end Darren Waller was knocked out of the game with a knee injury in the second quarter. He tried to get back into the game before the end of the first half but came out wearing street clothes early in the third quarter and was disfellowshipped.

The Raiders had nothing to say about the extent of the injury after the game, so fans have to speculate. Dr. David J. Chao had the opportunity to watch the game in which Waller was injured. The TV show said Waller had a bruised bone. That has yet to be confirmed, but if it does, Chao believes the tight end could take several weeks.

Waller missed a game against the Philadelphia Eagles early in the season. The Raiders won that game 33-22.

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After Sunday’s 32-13 defeat by the Cincinnati Bengals, it looked like the Raiders season might be over. They suffered three ugly losses in a row and played uninspired football. Fortunately for them, the AFC is wide open this year and the win over the Cowboys brings the Raiders back into the playoff hunt.

Waller is the team’s best offensive weapon so not having him for a period of time could be a problem. They have proven this season that they can win without him, but there is no way to know if they will manage it consistently. The Raiders will have to wait eagerly to see how Waller is doing after further testing. The team has a few extra days off before playing Washington Football Team at home next Sunday.

Foster Moreau has played for the Raiders in every game this season but has only had one game with more than three catches. That game was against the Eagles when Waller was out and he had six catches for 60 yards. Moreau isn’t as good as Waller, but he’s a more than capable tight end.

If Waller is forced to miss the time, the Raiders will still face a good threat in the end. Moreau can make a few moves if the team needs him. The wide receiver corps showed some signs of life against the cowboys. If these players continue to play well, having a dominant tight end is less important. Waller is strong and the fact that he was not removed from the game immediately after his injury is a positive sign. The raiders just have to stay afloat until he gets well.

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