One of the biggest questions surrounding the Las Vegas Raiders roster heading into Week 5 was the availability of some of their key players on offense. Now we know wide receiver Henry Ruggs III and tackle Trent Brown will play against the Kansas City Chiefs. They will suit up even though they had limited participation at some point in the week.Â
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This game will weigh heavily for the Raiders
Every single football game counts in the NFL. However, some carry more weight than others, especially the divisional ones. The Raiders Week 5 matchup at Arrowhead is very significant for the Silver and Black for a myriad of reasons. The first one is that they haven’t won there since 2012, and quarterback Derek Carr’s play significantly drops there.
Another reason why this game will be important for the Raiders is that they will be able to really show how good they are or aren’t. It’s one thing to beat bottom-dwellers or middle-of-the-pack squads, but going toe to toe against the defending Super Bowl champions would be a sign this Las Vegas team is headed in the right direction.
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The Silver and Black needs all the reinforcements they can get
The only player that had been ruled out before the game was rookie wideout Bryan Edwards. This would be the second game he will be out for after missing the team’s game against the Buffalo Bills. We haven’t heard much about how his ankle injury recently. Considering the Raiders will be off after the Chiefs game, he may see the field against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
Wide receiver Rico Gafford, defensive tackle Maliek Collins, Ruggs, and Brown were listed as questionable on Friday. However, the only one that got the ‘limited’ designation on Friday was Collins, so it’s not surprising to see he will be inactive against the Chiefs. Let’s see if Ruggs and Brown don’t have any setbacks as the Raiders need to be at full strength to have a shot at winning in Week 5.
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