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Raiders will put Darren Waller and Hunter Renfrow on IR

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HENDERSON, Nevada — The Las Vegas Raiders are inserting a pair of Professional Bowl pass-catchers — tight finish Darren Waller and slot receiver Hunter Renfrow — on injured reserve, sources advised ESPN’s Adam Schefter.

Waller and Renfrow will miss at the very least 4 video games, beginning with Sunday’s dwelling match towards the Colts, and will not have the ability to return till the Raiders (2-6) play the Rams on December 8.

Waller has struggled with a left hamstring damage since his Week 5 loss to the Chiefs and has missed the final three Las Vegas video games, whereas Renfrow has rib and hamstring accidents. Each gamers have been listed as restricted individuals in Wednesday’s apply.

Each Waller (three years, $51 million) and Renfrow (two years, $32 million) have signed offseason extensions, however neither has managed to remain on the sphere this yr. They have been to staff up with All-Professional extensive receiver Davante Adams, Professional Bowl working again Josh Jacobs and Professional Bowl quarterback Derek Carr to raise the Raiders offense underneath new head coach Josh McDaniels.

As a substitute, Las Vegas has misplaced three video games the place it had a 17-0 lead, and the fivesome have performed collectively in simply three video games to date. Waller, Renfrow, Adams and Jacobs performed a complete of simply 43 snaps collectively.

Waller advised ESPN on Wednesday that nobody is extra annoyed with the damage than he’s.

“It is not like I am doing something to willingly hold myself off the sphere,” mentioned Waller, who examined his left hamstring in pre-game workouts the earlier two weeks. “I am doing the whole lot I can. It simply may not be taking place on the schedule I would prefer it to.”

Waller additionally handled a proper hamstring downside that pressured him to overlook vital time throughout coaching. He missed eight of the final 14 video games of the Las Vegas common season after additionally struggling again and knee accidents in a Thanksgiving recreation towards the Cowboys final yr.

Waller’s numbers paled compared to his earlier output; he has simply 16 receptions for 175 yards and a landing this season. He had a document 107 receptions for 1,196 yards and 9 touchdowns in 2020, a yr after 90 receptions for 1,145 yards and three touchdowns in 2019.

Renfrow suffered a concussion within the remaining play of the Raiders’ spectacular Week 2 time beyond regulation loss to the Cardinals and missed the following two video games. A yr after 103 receptions for 1,038 yards and 9 touchdowns, Renfrow has simply 21 receptions for 192 yards and 0 factors this season.

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