Friday, November 22, 2013
WR Moore, DE Hunter ruled out vs. Titans
By Paul Gutierrez
ALAMEDA, Calif. -- The Oakland Raiders ruled four players out of Sunday’s game against the Tennessee Titans in leading receiver Denarius Moore, defensive end Jason Hunter, running back Darren McFadden and strong safety Tyvon Branch.
Moore injured his shoulder in Houston last weekend and he did not practice this week.
“There’s an injury there,” said Raiders coach Dennis Allen. “It’s a painful injury and once that kind of calms down a little bit, I think he’s of the nature and of the mindset that he’ll be able to battle through it.”
It will be the first game Moore will miss this season. He has 37 receptions for 569 yards and five touchdowns. Andre Holmes will start in Moore's place.
Hunter, meanwhile, has excelled in setting the edge in the team’s run defense. He also has two sacks.
McFadden, meanwhile, will be missing his third straight game since re-aggravating his right hamstring against Philadelphia on Nov. 3. It will be his fourth game missed due to injury in this, his contract year. McFadden has never played more than 13 games in his six-year career and, with this weekend, will have missed 17 of Oakland’s last 36 games.
The Raiders are also monitoring the health of quarterback Terrelle Pryor" target="_blank">Terrelle Pryor’s right knee. If he is healthy enough to play, he will serve as Matt McGloin’s backup against the Titans.
Following, then, is the Raiders’ status report for Sunday:
Out: SS Tyvon Branch (ankle), DE Jason Hunter (foot), RB Darren McFadden (right hamstring), WR Denarius Moore (shoulder).
Questionable: WR Juron Criner (right shoulder), LB Kaluka Maiava (ribs), DT Daniel Muir (knee), QB Terrelle Pryor (knee)
Probable: RG Mike Brisiel (ankle/knee), WR Andre Holmes (hamstring), RT Matt McCants (toe)