Sep 13, 2021; Paradise, Nevada, USA; Las Vegas Raiders tight end Darren Waller (83) celebrates with wide receiver Hunter Renfrow (13) his touchdown scored against the Baltimore Ravens during the second half at Allegiant Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

Raiders designate TE Darren Waller, WR Hunter Renfrow to return

The Las Vegas Raiders designated tight end Darren Waller and wide receiver Hunter Renfrow to return from injured reserve, coach Josh McDaniels announced on Wednesday.

The move would open a 21-day practice window for both Waller and Renfrow. McDaniels said both players could be activated in time for the Raiders (5-8) to host the New England Patriots (7-6) on Sunday.

Waller, 30, has been sidelined by a hamstring injury since he logged just eight snaps in a game against the Kansas City Chiefs on Oct. 10.

Signed to a three-year, $51 million contract extension at the end of training camp, Waller has 16 catches for 175 yards and a touchdown in five games (four starts).

Waller earned his lone Pro Bowl selection in 2020, when he caught 107 passes for 1,196 yards and nine touchdowns. Waller has 3,359 receiving yards and 17 touchdowns in 70 career games (50 starts) with the Baltimore Ravens (2015-16) and Raiders.

Renfrow, who has been sidelined by an oblique injury, has 21 catches for 192 yards in six games (one start). He missed two games earlier this season with a concussion.

Renfrow, 26, also signed a contract extension ahead of the 2022 season, a two-year, $32 million deal with $21 million in guaranteed money.

Renfrow has 229 catches for 2,491 yards and 15 touchdowns in 52 career games since being selected by the Raiders in the fifth round of the 2019 NFL Draft.

–Field Level Media

Nov 6, 2022; Jacksonville, Florida, USA; Las Vegas Raiders tight end Darren Waller (83) warms up before the game against the Jacksonville Jaguars at TIAA Bank Field. Mandatory Credit: Matt Pendleton-USA TODAY Sports

Reports: Raiders put Darren Waller, Hunter Renfrow on IR

The Las Vegas Raiders placed tight end Darren Waller on injured reserve Thursday, according to reports, adding four more games to the three he’s already missed while trying to recover from a hamstring injury.

Additionally, the team also placed wideout Hunter Renfrow on IR with an oblique injury, multiple outlets reported. He, too, will have to miss at least four games.

Waller has not played since Week 5, when he recorded eight offensive snaps against the Kansas City Chiefs. Waller has been a game-time decision the past two weeks but was inactive for both after testing the hamstring in pregame warmups.

“It’s not like I’m doing anything to keep myself off the field willingly,” Waller told ESPN on Wednesday. “I’m doing everything that I can. It just may not be happening in the timetable that I’d like for that to happen.”

Waller, 30, signed a three-year, $51 million extension at the end of training camp.

He has 16 catches for 175 yards and a touchdown in five games (four starts). Waller earned his lone Pro Bowl selection in 2020, when he caught 107 passes for 1,196 yards and nine touchdowns.

He has 3,359 receiving yards and 17 TDs in 70 career games (50 starts) with the Baltimore Ravens (2015-16) and Raiders.

Renfrow, 26, has 21 catches for 192 yards in six games (one start). He missed two games earlier this season with a concussion.

Renfrow also signed a contract extension ahead of the 2022 season, a two-year, $32 million deal with $21 million in guaranteed money.

–Field Level Media

Jan 9, 2022; Paradise, Nevada, USA; Las Vegas Raiders wide receiver Hunter Renfrow (13) scores a touchdown ahead of Los Angeles Chargers cornerback Michael Davis (43) during the first quarter at Allegiant Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Orlando Ramirez-USA TODAY Sports

Reports: Raiders to sign WR Hunter Renfrow to $32M extension

The Las Vegas Raiders continued their offseason spending spree, agreeing to a two-year, $32 million contract extension for wide receiver Hunter Renfrow.

The contract contains a reported $21 million in guaranteed money. He initially was signed to a four-year, $2.83 million rookie deal after the Raiders selected him in the fifth round of the 2019 NFL Draft.

Since then, Renfrow has played in 46 NFL games (19 starts), catching 208 passes for 2,299 yards with 15 touchdowns. He set career highs in 2021 with 103 receptions for 1,038 yards and nine TDs.

Only Pro Football Hall of Fame member Tim Brown had more catches in a season in Raiders history, hauling in 104 in 1997.

Renfrow, 26, was selected to the Pro Bowl in 2021.

Earlier this offseason, the Raiders committed more than $400 million in contracts to four players: quarterback Derek Carr, three years, $121.5 million; wide receiver Davante Adams, five years, $140 million; defensive end Maxx Crosby, four years, $98.98 million; and outside linebacker Chandler Jones, three years, $51 million.

The Raiders, 10-7 last season, open play in 2022 on Sept. 11 against the AFC West division rival Los Angeles Chargers.

–Field Level Media