Las Vegas Raiders WR Hunter Renfrow (concussion), LB Denzel Perryman (ankle) out for Week 3
LAS VEGAS — The Las Vegas Raiders will be without a pair of Pro Bowlers against the Tennessee Titans on Sunday as the Raiders ruled out their top passer and leading tackle from last season.
And while slots receiver Hunter Renfrow (concussion) and linebacker Denzel Perryman (ankle) won’t play, starting running back Josh Jacobs (illness) won’t travel with the team to Nashville on Friday.
A pair of AFC playoff teams from last season, the Raiders and Titans are both looking for their first win in Week 3.
“You’re always trying to build depth on your roster so you can adapt to situations like this,” Raiders first-year coach Josh McDaniels said earlier in the day.
“We’ve tried to preach ever since we got here, ‘Let’s learn the concept, not a single point in the concept.’ … and so from the beginning we kind of preached, “Let’s learn the why and the whole concept of the overview”, because that could also happen in the game, where all of a sudden you have it practiced in a 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 and you don’t have time to have a week of practice and four meetings before we have to go back there.”
Renfrow, who caught 103 passes last season, took head shots in back-to-back plays Sunday, fumbling on the last one that led to a stunning 59-yard, 59-yard win for the Arizona Cardinals. He’s been on concussion protocol ever since.
With Renfrow out, the Raiders could move All-Pro Davante Adams inside, while Keelan Cole is technically Renfrow’s replacement.
“I always keep my head down and I keep waiting for the next opportunity,” said Cole, who was signed to the active roster Sept. 13 after starting the season with the practice squad.
“I’m just doing my part, really. That’s the problem – if you worry about everything else, you’ll never really achieve your part.”
Perryman, who had 154 tackles in 2021, hasn’t played since his injury in the season opener. Divine Deablo and Jayon Brown were the Raiders’ starting linebackers last week against the Cardinals, with Deablo wearing the green-dotted comms helmet.
Jacobs, meanwhile, practiced Wednesday and appeared on the team’s injury report for the first time on Thursday, having rushed for 126 yards in two games. Brandon Bolden, who missed last week’s game with a hamstring injury, was a full participant on Friday and had no injury designation for the Titans game. The Raiders also have three other running backs in Ameer Abdullah and rookies Zamir White and Brittain Brown, as well as fullback Jakob Johnson.
“Our depth in the backfield has already been tested a bit with a few things here and there injury-wise, and that’s why we usually have this number of backs,” McDaniels said. “I mean, it will be a bit humid there, different from here in terms of overall humidity. But whatever form it takes, I’m not sure yet, but we will definitely try to maintain our balance. If we’ve always tried to do that and using those guys to the best of their abilities in the right roles is going to be important, so we’ll see how that goes this week.