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Raiders News: Darren Waller Practicing, Raider Nation Reacts

One of the more divisive topics right now within Raider Nation deals with the play, or lack thereof, of one particular player. We’re, of course, referring to Las Vegas Raiders tight end Darren Waller. Well, today there was some positive news regarding the Pro Bowl pass catcher.

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ESPN/Paul Gutierrez

ESPN’s Paul Gutierrez shared a picture earlier today confirming that Waller was on the field practicing for the Raiders. This came after head coach Josh McDaniels was asked in the morning if Waller would indeed be practicing. Even more interesting is that No. 83 isn’t wearing a red non-contact jersey. Could the tight end possibly return against the Saints? The Raiders, for their part, have been on a tear offensively. Both Josh Jacobs and the offensive line are mauling opposing defenses. While that bodes well at the moment, sooner or later, defenses will figure things out and will begin to slow down Jacobs. At that point, Derek Carr will need all of his weapons ready to go, Waller included.

Raider Nation and Darren Waller: A True Drama

The relationship between Waller and some (not all) Raiders fans is quite interesting. Many of the same folks that were begging general manager Dave Ziegler to give him a new deal (despite being under contract) are the ones who have turned on Waller. The accusations are quite outlandish, such as him no longer having a passion for football now that he has received serious money or his off-the-field relationship being a distraction. It’s the stuff that dramas are made of, and let’s face it, Raider Nation likes a good story.

Just take a look at what some fans are saying on Twitter with regard to Waller’s return to practice as evidence. For now, we’ll have to wait and see if Waller keeps practicing and if he’s green-lit for Sunday’s action.

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*Top Photo: Darren Waller/AP

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