Heading into their Week 9 matchup, the Las Vegas Raiders hold a 4-3 record and look like a team ready to compete for a playoff spot. Things could get even better for them as they could get a few key contributors back in the lineup soon.
The Raiders should get Damon Arnette back soon
The Raiders have managed to earn a 4-3 record despite having one of the toughest early-season schedules and sustaining a flurry of injuries. Early in the season, they lost linebacker Nick Kwiatkoski, tackle Trent Brown, and guard Richie Incognito. Rookie wide receiver Bryan Edwards and cornerback Damon Arnette would then follow. Now, they could be getting Arnette back.
Arnette missed the last four games after undergoing surgery to repair a fractured right thumb. He would later join the reserve/COVID-19 practice but is now back at the facility. Last week, the Ohio State standout said on social media that he wasn’t sick anymore and his hand was feeling better. Moreover, there’s a chance Arnette could play against the ‘Bolts’ according to Paul Gutierrez of ESPN.
Damon Arnette may not be the only player returning to the lineup
As good as Arnette’s return to the lineup would be, he may not be the only player that could return for the Chargers game. Edwards looked good in agility work according to Vincent Bonsignore of the Las Vegas Review-Journal. The team didn’t mention much about the rookie wideout, but we wouldn’t be surprised if he plays in Week 9. Also, defensive tackle Maurice Hurst showed up in the Injury Report list with a questionable status after leaving last week’s game with an ankle injury. Although it’s too early to tell, he could dress up for the game against the Los Angeles Chargers.
While the Raiders are in good shape heading into Week 9, they will surely welcome Arnette, Edwards, and Hurst back in their lineup. Divisional games are never easy so their return would boost the Silver and Black’s chances of getting their fifth win of the year.
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