The Raiders downgraded wide receiver Darrius Heyward-Bey (concussion) and tight end Richard Gordon (hamstring) to out Saturday, meaning neither will play against the Denver Broncos.
It’s not surprise Heyward-Bey won’t be playing, given that as of Friday he hadn’t passed any of his concussion tests and the severity of the blow he took from Pittsburgh’s Ryan Mundy.
Gordon’s absence will be felt in that the Raiders use a lot of packages with three tight ends and now will have only two _ Brandon Myers and David Ausberry _ active.
Gordon is also a core special teams player and leads the Raiders with four special teams tackles.
The Denver Broncos announced the promotion of Duke Ihenacho and Mike Mohammad from the practice squad. Ihenacho, a safety from San Jose State, is the brother of Carl Ihenacho, who recently went in other direction _ from 53-man roster to practice squad. Mohammad is the former Cal standout.