The Las Vegas Raiders will once again be without tight end Darren Waller for a crucial game, as interim head coach Rich Bisaccia has ruled him out for Week 15 against the Cleveland Browns.
Bisaccia noted in his press conference on Thursday that Waller is still dealing with lingering pain in his knee.
“He still has some particular pain in those same areas when he tries to cut and change directions,” Bisaccia said. “Trust me, we would love to him at anytime we can possibly get him.”
Waller first suffered this notable injury during the Raiders’ road win over the Dallas Cowboys on Thanksgiving, when he was tackled by safety Jayron Kearse on a 21-yard reception in the second quarter. He was later ruled out for the second half of the contest as a result.
The veteran tight end has since not featured in a single scheduled practice with the team. He wound up missing each of the Raiders' practices this week ahead of their key encounter with the Browns. At the least, he was accompanied by the team's athletic trainers on a side field on Thursday. Still, Bisaccia opted against giving him the green light to practice with the rest of the team.
Bisaccia noted earlier in the week that Waller has been making promising progress from his injury, and he reiterated this notion on Thursday. Nonetheless, the tight end will miss his third straight game due to the nagging knee injury.
Raiders quarterback Derek Carr will now once again call upon Foster Moreau to be the feature tight end on offense this week. Moreau has recorded four receptions for 47 receiving yards in Las Vegas' last two games. He does come into this contest dealing with an abdomen injury, which forced him to be a limited participant in practice on both Tuesday and Wednesday.
The Raiders head into Week 15 holding the No. 12 seed in the AFC playoff picture.