LAS VEGAS — The Las Vegas Raiders will be without a pair of pro bowlers at the Tennessee Titans on Sunday after the Raiders ruled out their leading passer and leading tackler from last season.
While Slots receiver Hunter Renfro (concussion) and linebacker Denzel Perryman (ankle) will not play, starting running back Josh Jacobs (ill) will not be with him on Friday. The team heads to Nashville.
A pair of AFC playoff teams from last season, the Raiders and Titans, are looking for their first win in Week 3.
“You’re always trying to build depth on your roster so you can fit in a situation like this,” Raiders first-year coach Josh McDaniels said earlier in the day.
“Since we’ve been here, we’ve been trying to preach, ‘Let’s learn the concept, not a place in the concept.’ … So from the beginning we preached, ‘Let’s understand why, And the whole concept of the big picture,” because that can also happen in games, and suddenly you practice it in one way, and then you have an injury or two, and now all of a sudden you’re dragging in the middle of the first or second quarter Back legs, you don’t have time for a week of practice and four sessions and then you have to go back outside.”
Renfro, who caught 103 passes last season, took a blow to the head on Sunday’s streak, the final turnover leading to a stunning 59-yard win for the Arizona Cardinals. He has been in concussion protocol since then.
With Renfrow out, the Raiders could move All-Pro Davante Adams inside, and Keelan Cole is technically Renfrow’s backup.
“I always keep my head down and keep waiting for the next opportunity,” said Kerr, who signed active Sept. 13 after starting the season with the practice team.
“I’m just doing my part, really. That’s it – if you worry about everything else, you’ll never really do your part.”
Perryman, who has 154 tackles in 2021, has not played since the season-opener injury. Against the Cardinals last week, Divine Deablo and Jayon Brown were the Raiders’ starting linebackers, with Deablo wearing a green-dot communications helmet.
Jacobs, meanwhile, worked out Wednesday and appeared on the team’s injury report for the first time on Thursday after rushing for 126 yards in two games. Brandon Bolden, who missed last week’s game with a hamstring injury, was a full participant Friday and didn’t designate the injury for the Titans game. The Raiders have three other running backs, Amir Abdullah, and rookies Zamir White and Britton Brown, as well as guard Jacob Johnson.
“We’ve been challenged a bit with depth in the backcourt, there’s something going on here and there in terms of injuries, that’s why we usually carry so many guards,” McDaniels said. “I mean, there’s going to be a little bit there. Humidity, in terms of overall humidity, is not the same as here. But whatever form it takes, I’m not sure yet, but we’re definitely trying to keep the balance, if we can. We’ve been working on that and in the right role It’s going to be important to use these people to the best of their ability. So, we’ll see how that shakes out this week.”