Not much has gone according to plan for the Raiders this season and Darren Waller’s injury issues have been near the top of Las Vegas’ lengthy frustration list. Waller missed most of training camp with a hamstring injury and it has been a lingering problem since. Raiders fans and fantasy football owners have been asking when will Darren Waller return and be back on the field? Below we will offer a timeline for Waller’s recovery and look at live lines for the Raiders.
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When will Darren Waller return and be back with Raiders?
Waller is one of the more productive tight ends in the NFL when healthy. So when will Darren Waller return and be back on the field for the Raiders? The TE is eligible to return for Las Vegas’ Week 14 game at the Rams. Given how this season has played out thus far for Waller, a return in that game is no sure thing but there is mounting pressure for him to be back in the Las Vegas lineup this season. Raiders quarterback Derek Carr questioned the commitment of some of his teammates to play hurt following the team’s loss to the Colts in mid-November. Carr said he wasn’t talking about Waller specifically but the comments certainly raised some eyebrows.
When the Raiders finally placed Waller on IR on November 10, the idea was to give the TE four weeks to “get it right.” Here is what ESPN’s Adam Schefter tweeted that day.
“Raiders are placing TE Darren Waller on injured reserve,” Schefter wrote. “Waller aggravated his hamstring injury and the team believes this will give him four weeks to get it healthy and finish the season.”
So a return in the Week 14 game against the Rams is the most likely scenario. Here is a look at Las Vegas’ schedule around that time.
- Week 14 Thursday, December 8: Raiders at Rams
- Week 15 Sunday, December 18: Patriots at Raiders
- Week 16 Saturday, December 24: Raiders at Steelers
- Week 17 Sunday, January 1: 49ers at Raiders
One thing Waller fantasy owners must keep in mind, however, is how there may not be incentive for the Raiders to have Waller return in December given how poor their record is. The team could very well shut him down for the season at that time if things continue to spiral.
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Las Vegas has been one of the most disappointing teams in the NFL this season. The Raiders had +4000 odds to win it all just prior to the start of the season. Following the brutal loss to novice coach Jeff Saturday and the Indianapolis Colts in mid-November, Josh McDaniels’ squad plummeted to +30000. Here are current Raiders prices.