ALAMEDA — Raiders quarterback Derek Carr practiced without a glove on his right hand for the second straight day and is good to go for Sunday’s game against the Buffalo Bills.
Cornerback David Amerson is also ready to make his return after missing last week’s game with a knee injury.
“I feel good, man,” Amerson said Friday. “I’m ready to get back out there and compete.”
But the news isn’t all good as cornerback DJ Hayden will be placed on injured reserve with a “substantial” hamstring injury and three other regular members of the defense are out, leaving Oakland (9-2) particularly thin up front.
Defensive tackles Stacy McGee and Darius Latham are both out after missing the entire week of practice with ankle injuries. McGee has started all nine games this season in which he’s played, but missed the games against Tampa Bay and Denver with an earlier ankle injury. Latham, a regular rotational player on the line, was seen in the locker room with a walking boot and using a cane earlier this week.
The loss of Hayden, who Del Rio said will land on IR either later Friday or on Saturday, leaves the Raiders without their primary slot corner and top backup. TJ Carrie will likely assume that role against the Bills and Raiders coach Jack Del Rio said Friday that Hayden will land on season-ending injured reserve.
“He’s got a substantial hamstring (injury), so he’s not going to be returning this year,” Del Rio said. “That was a big blow.”
Outside linebacker Shilique Calhoun will also miss his second straight game after having a minor knee procedure last week. He’s not expected to miss an extended period.
Cornerback David Amerson is likely to return after missing last week’s game with a knee injury. He practiced all week and is listed as questionable.
Wide receiver Michael Crabtree (ankle), center Rodney Hudson (knee) running back Latavius Murray (ankle), left guard Kelechi Osemele (knee), linebacker Perry Riley Jr. (hamstring) and linebacker Malcolm Smith (hamstring) are all questionable as well, though they all participated in every practice this week and should be in line to play
For the Bills, wide receiver Sammy Watkins is questionable with a foot injury, while fellow receivers Roberts Woods and Percy Harvin and cornerback Ronald Darby were ruled out.
— In other Raiders news, is Khalil Mack’s “By Any Means” phrase starting to catch on as an unofficial team motto?