Dec 6, 2020; East Rutherford, New Jersey, USA; Las Vegas Raiders wide receiver Henry Ruggs III (11) gains yards after catch during the first half against the New York Jets at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports

Raiders lose Ruggs III to COVID-19 reserve list

At 7-6, the Las Vegas Raiders are very much on the AFC playoff bubble, and they’re currently on the outside of the postseason structure looking in with three games remaining.

Their run at a wild card got more difficult Tuesday as the Raiders placed rookie wide receiver Henry Ruggs III on the reserve/COVID-19 list.

Ruggs, the No. 12 overall pick in this year’s NFL Draft, will at least miss the Raiders’ next game against their AFC West-rival Los Angeles Chargers (4-9) on Thursday.

Ruggs ranks fourth on the Raiders with 414 receiving yards and is tied for third with two touchdown catches. One of those scoring catches was the game-winner against the New York Jets in Week 13. Ruggs started 10 of the 11 games he’s played in this season.

Also Tuesday, the Raiders designated Takk McKinley for return from injured reserve and signed Vic Beasley to the 53-man roster.

The Raiders have lost three of their four past games, including a 44-27 loss to the Indianapolis Colts on Sunday.

–Field Level Media

Sep 13, 2020; Charlotte, North Carolina, USA;  Las Vegas Raiders wide receiver Henry Ruggs III (11) tries to make a catch as Carolina Panthers cornerback Rasul Douglas (24) defends in the second quarter at Bank of America Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Bob Donnan-USA TODAY Sports

Raiders WR Ruggs (knee) questionable vs. Saints

Las Vegas Raiders rookie wide receiver Henry Ruggs III returned to practice Saturday and is listed as questionable for Monday night’s home opener against the New Orleans Saints.

Ruggs, who was selected with the 12th overall pick of the 2020 NFL Draft, missed practice on both Thursday and Friday with a knee injury.

The 21-year-old Ruggs had three receptions for 55 yards in Las Vegas’ 34-30 season-opening win over Carolina on Sunday. He also gained 11 yards on two carries.

While Ruggs is trending in the right direction, linebacker Nick Kwiatkoski (pectoral) and offensive tackles Trent Brown (calf) and Sam Young (groin) were listed as doubtful for Monday’s game.

Denzelle Good substituted for both Brown and Young after both were injured against the Panthers.

–Field Level Media