Raiders place CB Arnette (thumb) on IR
The Las Vegas Raiders placed cornerback Damon Arnette on injured reserve on Friday due to his right thumb surgery, coach Jon Gruden said.
Arnette reinjured the thumb during the first half of last Sunday’s 36-20 loss to the New England Patriots. The first-round draft choice underwent the surgery on Thursday and media reports point to him missing six to eight weeks.
Arnette, the 19th overall pick out of Ohio State, had 13 tackles in three games for Las Vegas. He initially hurt the thumb during training camp.
“Any time you lose a starter, it’s a gut punch,” Gruden said. “But you’ve got to take punches in this league if you’re going to survive, if you’re going to be a coach.”
Nevin Lawson will likely start in place of Arnette when the Raiders host the Buffalo Bills on Sunday.
Las Vegas also placed defensive tackle Daniel Ross (foot) on injured reserve.
Receiver Bryan Edwards (foot/ankle) also was ruled out of the game against the Bills. Two other receivers, Rico Gafford (hamstring) and Henry Ruggs III (knee/hamstring), are listed as doubtful as is starting offensive tackle Trent Brown (calf).
Safety Johnathan Abram (shoulder/thumb) and linebacker Nick Kwiatkoski (pectoral) are questionable.
–Field Level Media