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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 putting a pair of Professional Bowl pass-catchers — tight finish Darren Waller and slot receiver Hunter Renfrow — on injured reserve, sources informed ESPN’s Adam Schefter.

Waller and Renfrow will miss a minimum of 4 video games, beginning with Sunday’s dwelling match in opposition to the Colts, and will not be capable of 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 contributors in Wednesday’s follow.

Each Waller (three years, $51 million) and Renfrow (two years, $32 million) have signed offseason extensions, however neither has managed to remain on the sector this 12 months. They have been to group up with All-Professional vast 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 misplaced three video games the place it had a 17-0 lead, and the fivesome have performed collectively in simply three video games up to now. Waller, Renfrow, Adams and Jacobs performed a complete of simply 43 snaps collectively.

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

“It isn’t like I am doing something to willingly maintain myself off the sector,” mentioned Waller, who examined his left hamstring in pre-game workout routines the earlier two weeks. “I am doing all the pieces I can. It simply may not be taking place on the schedule I might prefer it to.”

Waller additionally handled a proper hamstring drawback that compelled him to overlook important 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 in opposition to the Cowboys final 12 months.

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 report 107 receptions for 1,196 yards and 9 touchdowns in 2020, a 12 months 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 additional time loss to the Cardinals and missed the following two video games. A 12 months after 103 receptions for 1,038 yards and 9 touchdowns, Renfrow has simply 21 receptions for 192 yards and nil factors this season.

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