The Oakland Raiders released their injury report Saturday and it tells us a lot about how healthy Oakland got over the bye week.
They certainly did not get any healthier at tight end with three of them listed on the report. Brandon Myers practiced the entire week and should be good to go. David Ausberry also practiced all this week and should be on the field. The issue is Richard Gordon, who did not practice this week and his status remains up in the air. The tight end will play a big part on Sunday especially given the lack of targets Oakland has at receiver. Myers will need to continue to play at a high level in the passing game and the tight ends as a whole must block extremely well.
At cornerback, Shawntae Spencer still has not practiced and Ron Bartell is not eligible to be removed from injured reserve yet. This poses a major problem for the Raiders, who can’t defend the pass very well. This is especially true when they go up against the seventh-best passing attack in the nation in the Atlanta Falcons. It looks like Oakland won’t have either of its two starting corners on Sunday which means Matt Ryan and company could go off on the Raiders’ secondary.
The only other concern on the report is defensive tackle Tommy Kelly, who was limited in practice Wednesday and did not practice at all Thursday. His status is questionable, although he should play given his appearance on the injury report in Week 4 for the same injury. Although he did practice in a limited capacity all of that week leading up to the game.
The good news is Darrius Heyward-Bey participated fully in practice all this week after suffering a concussion on the nasty hit three weeks ago. This probably means he will try give it a go Sunday. This will give the Raiders’ receiving corps an instant boost and gives Carson Palmer some more weapons to work with in the passing game particularly on the outside.