Oct 17, 2021; Denver, Colorado, USA; Las Vegas Raiders tight end Darren Waller (83) celebrates defeating the Denver Broncos at Empower Field at Mile High. Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports

Raiders rule out TE Darren Waller (knee, back) for Sunday

Las Vegas Raiders tight end Darren Waller was ruled out for Sunday’s home game against the Washington Football Team.

Waller sustained knee and back injuries during Las Vegas’ 36-33 overtime victory over the Dallas Cowboys on Thanksgiving Day. He didn’t practice at all this week.

Waller has caught 53 passes for 643 yards and two touchdowns in 10 games this season. Last year, he was a Pro Bowl selection when he established career bests of 107 receptions, 1,196 receiving yards and nine touchdowns.

Running back Josh Jacobs (ankle) and receiver DeSean Jackson (calf) are among the Raiders listed as questionable.

–Field Level Media

Nov 21, 2021; Paradise, Nevada, USA; Las Vegas Raiders tight end Darren Waller (83) against the Cincinnati Bengals at Allegiant Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

Raiders TE Darren Waller (knee) week-to-week

Las Vegas Raiders tight end Darren Waller is week-to-week with knee injury he sustained in last week’s Thanksgiving Day game.

An MRI last Friday revealed that Waller was spared serious injury, suffering a strained IT band.

Raiders interim head coach Rich Bisaccia said Monday that Waller improved over the weekend and will be evaluated ahead of this week’s game against Washington.

Also, defensive end Carl Nassib (knee) is week-to-week with a knee injury. But Bisaccia said linebacker Nick Kwiatkoski (ankle) could return this week.

Waller, 29, did not play in the second half of Thursday’s 36-33 overtime victory against the host Dallas Cowboys. He grabbed his knee after being tackled following a 21-yard catch with 12:33 left in the first half.

Waller rode the bike on the sidelines and was examined at halftime before being ruled out by the team just after the start of the third quarter.

The former sixth-round draft pick by the Baltimore Ravens in 2015 had two receptions for 33 yards against the Cowboys. The 2020 Pro Bowl selection ranks second on Las Vegas (6-5) in receptions (53) and receiving yards (643) behind wide receiver Hunter Renfrow. Waller has two touchdowns in 10 games.

–Field Level Media

Nov 21, 2021; Paradise, Nevada, USA; Las Vegas Raiders tight end Darren Waller (83) against the Cincinnati Bengals at Allegiant Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

Report: Raiders TE Darren Waller (knee) to have MRI

Las Vegas Raiders tight end Darren Waller will have an MRI on his injured left knee Friday, NFL Network reported.

Waller, 29, did not play in the second half of Thursday’s 36-33 overtime victory against the host Dallas Cowboys.

He grabbed his knee after being tackled following a 21-yard catch with 12:33 left in the first half.

He rode the bike on the sidelines and was examined at halftime before being ruled out by the team just after the start of the third quarter.

Waller had two receptions for 33 yards against the Cowboys. The 2020 Pro Bowl selection ranks second on Las Vegas (6-5) in receptions (53) and receiving yards (643) behind wide receiver Hunter Renfrow. Waller has two touchdowns in 10 games.

–Field Level Media

Nov 25, 2021; Arlington, Texas, USA; Las Vegas Raiders tight end Darren Waller (83) drops the ball as he is tackled by Dallas Cowboys safety Jayron Kearse (27) during the first quarter at AT&T Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports

Raiders TE Darren Waller (knee) ruled out vs. Cowboys

Las Vegas Raiders tight end Darren Waller was ruled out for the second half of Thursday’s game against the host Dallas Cowboys due to a left knee injury.

Waller initially exited the game with a back injury during the first quarter but soon returned. Then, he was tackled after catching a 21-yard pass and was seen grabbing for the knee with 12:33 left in the half.

He rode the bike on the sidelines and was examined at halftime before being ruled out by the team just after the start of the third quarter.

Waller had two receptions for 33 yards before being ruled out. He was coming off his second 100-yard outing of the season.

Entering the game, the 29-year-old led Las Vegas with 610 receiving yards on 51 catches, including two touchdowns, in 10 games this season.

–Field Level Media

Oct 4, 2021; Inglewood, California, USA; Las Vegas Raiders tight end Darren Waller (83) celebrates after catching a pass for a touchdown against the Los Angeles Chargers during the second half at SoFi Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Report: Raiders’ Darren Waller game-time call vs. Eagles

Las Vegas Raiders tight end Darren Waller is considered a game-time decision for Sunday’s home game against the Philadelphia Eagles, ESPN reported.

Waller, who is listed as questionable, injured his ankle and heel during Friday’s practice. His status for Sunday’s contest depends on how he feels during pregame warmups, per the report.

Waller, 29, was a Pro Bowl selection last season when he had a franchise-record 107 receptions for 1,196 yards and nine touchdowns in 16 games — 15 starts.

In six games this season, Waller leads the Raiders with 33 catches for 378 yards and two TDs.

If Waller can’t play on Sunday, Foster Moreau is the Raiders’ backup at tight end. Moreau, 24, has four receptions for 53 yards and a touchdown in six games this season.

–Field Level Media

Sep 21, 2020; Paradise, Nevada, USA; Las Vegas Raiders tight end Darren Waller (83) runs the ball against the New Orleans Saints during the second quarter of a NFL game at Allegiant Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Raiders’ Waller, Carr fined for COVID-19 violations

Las Vegas Raiders tight end Darren Waller was fined $30,000 for a violation of the NFL’s COVID-19 protocols during an indoor charity event last week in Nevada, the NFL Network reported on Monday.

Raiders teammate Derek Carr was among several others fined $15,000 after players were seen in photographs and videos without masks on during the event, which was hosted by The Darren Waller Foundation.

The event, which was held in Henderson, raised roughly $300,000 to help young people dealing with drug and alcohol addiction.

Raiders coach Jon Gruden told reporters he addressed the issue with the players, with Carr saying “we admit we should have kept the masks on, even if we are coming in and they’re introducing us.”

Prior to the start of the season, the NFL and NFLPA agreed to new policies that would require all players to wear masks while out in public.

The Raiders reportedly were fined $50,000 for allowing a non-credentialed employee into the locker room following their 34-24 victory over the New Orleans Saints on Sept. 21.

Also Gruden was fined $100,000 — and the franchise was docked an additional $250,000 — for failing to wear a face covering for the majority of that contest.

Saints coach Sean Payton was also fined for failure to wear his mask in that game.

–Field Level Media

Sep 13, 2020; Charlotte, North Carolina, USA; Las Vegas Raiders running back Josh Jacobs (28) reacts after running for a touchdown in the third quarter at Bank of America Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Bob Donnan-USA TODAY Sports

Raiders’ standouts RB Jacobs, TE Waller miss practice

Las Vegas Raiders running back Josh Jacobs and tight end Darren Waller missed practice Thursday, but both are expected to play Sunday against the New England Patriots in Week 3.

The Raiders (2-0) didn’t practice Wednesday, coming off a Monday night game, but Jacobs (hip) and Waller (knee) would not have participated.

Rookie wide receiver Henry Ruggs III (knee/hamstring) was downgraded from a full participant on Wednesday’s estimated report to limited on Thursday. Wide receiver Bryan Edwards (foot) and tackle Sam Young (groin) were also limited.

Starting right tackle Trent Brown (calf) and linebacker Nick Kwiatkoski (pectoral) were also non-participants Thursday.

Guard Richie Incognito (Achilles) was put on IR earlier this week.

Jacobs and Waller have been a formidable one-two punch for the Raiders over two games. Jacobs (four total TDs) is fifth in the league in rushing with 181 yards and Waller is third among NFL tight ends with 148 receiving yards on 18 catches, including a score. Jacobs also has seven catches for 63 yards receiving out of the backfield.

–Field Level Media