The Raiders are looking to upset the Cowboys on Thanksgiving, but they’ll have to do it without Darren Waller.
Waller, the star Las Vegas tight end, suffered an injury after catching up in the middle of the field. He pulled away from his defenseman and ran down the field for a 21-yard gain, but Cowboys safety Jayron Kearse rolled over him from behind.
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The Raiders tight end stayed briefly on the ground after the tackle while hitting his left knee.
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Waller was finally able to leave the field on his own. However, he didn’t return to the field for the rest of the ride, not even when the Raiders entered the red zone.
The Raiders initially deemed Waller questionable about returning with the injury, but the team excluded him after half-time.
Before going out, Waller recorded two catches for 33 yards on five targets, a record for the team. The Raiders were leading 14-6 at the time of the injury.
Foster Moreau will operate as Las Vegas’ No.1 tight end if Waller cannot return to action. Moreau, a former 2019 LSU Raiders fourth-round pick, had 11 catches for 132 yards and three touchdowns heading into the Thanksgiving game. His best game of the year was a six catch, 60 yard game against the Eagles in Week 7; Waller missed this game with an ankle injury.
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In addition to Moreau, third-year Daniel Helm and undrafted rookie Matt Bushman could see more action. Helm was targeted by Derek Carr in the red zone on possession as Waller was injured. The two couldn’t connect, as Helm seemed to interrupt his route as Carr wanted the save to pursue him.