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Raiders notes: Derek Carr is fine, David Amerson will return, but DJ Hayden is headed to IR

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DJ Hayden's career with the Raiders may be done after suffering a substantial hamstring injury.  (Nhat V. Meyer/Bay Area News Group)

DJ Hayden’s career with the Raiders may be done after suffering a substantial hamstring injury. (Nhat V. Meyer/Bay Area News Group)

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? 

And how about former Raiders linebacker (and former Cal and St. Mary’s High-Berkeley star) Lorenzo Alexander turning into a sack artist at age 33?

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Jimmy Durkin

Sports writer for the Bay Area News Group, covering the Raiders.

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    Merry Christmas you old goat from the other side

  • Rik/The/”Crusader”⚔️

    F…… him

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    Get a clue this site is dead you snooze you lose

  • rifflicks

    FO&D

  • rifflicks

    take a hike you clueless old fossil

  • CARR SHOW (baby Al)

    How exactly is it dead? There’s been several new posts. You make no sense

  • CARR SHOW (baby Al)

    Also there’s been bloggers posting here everyday

  • rifflicks

    We’ll see how dead it is during the game

  • Rik/The/”Crusader”⚔️

    They still are our shipmates over there eh…☠️⚔️…. Eye Captain

  • Rik/The/”Crusader”⚔️

    Carr show for blog CEO…..

  • MEX_GHOST

    Hahahaha. You have a mind of an Elementary School kid.

  • rifflicks

    when hell freezes over……where has his fat ass been the last few weeks….. DumbFistfokker

  • CARR SHOW (baby Al)

    Chiefs at Falcons. Falcons fighting for playoffs and the south and are at home. I smell a loss for KC.. this can be a domino effect for them..

  • rifflicks

    Could be a long day for the Raiders too if Carr can’t take snaps from under center…..the run game will be DOA trying to start from 3 to 5 yards behind the LOS against a good Bills Defense

  • CARR SHOW (baby Al)

    Rex is also a good defensive coach and has lots of different looks on defense

  • rifflicks

    the Ryan brothers will be ready for the RB passing attack that worked so well against Houston

  • CARR SHOW (baby Al)

    We might run some reverses with Holton/cooper to keep their defense on their toes. Will definitely be a great chess match between Musgrave and the Ryan brothers

  • rifflicks

    reverses too long to develop against a defense that doesn’t have to respect the run and can control the edges

  • CARR SHOW (baby Al)

    Vic Tafur
    2h2 hours ago
    Vic Tafur ‏@VicTafur
    Not only did Otto and Shell rave about this year’s #Raiders OL, but Otto said, “I love how our RBs keep surprising teams every week

  • CARR SHOW (baby Al)

    Vic Tafur
    2h2 hours ago
    Vic Tafur ‏@VicTafur
    Huge story and package on OL coming Sunday. Great catching up with Hall of Famers Jim Otto and Art Shell

  • CARR SHOW (baby Al)

    Dec 2
    Vic Tafur ‏@VicTafur
    Members of the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve will be on hand to collect new, unwrapped Toys For Tots at the Coliseum before Sunday’s game

  • rifflicks

    and to B-Slap Krapperneck at the niner game

  • CARR SHOW (baby Al)

    Lol

  • MEX_GHOST

    I wish!!

  • Rik/The/”Crusader”⚔️

    Can’t look past tomorrow’s game

  • diff

    They should use the pistol

  • Plunkhead

    Beat Kchitty

  • Rik/The/”Crusader”⚔️

    Live from planet earth “Its Saturday night”

  • 303Raider

    I’m just playing with you all!

    Cmon now.

    We are all Raider Fans!

  • Rik/The/”Crusader”⚔️

    Beech?

  • rifflicks

    you should use a butt plug

  • R8der4evr St Homer

    You still doubt Carrs ability to improvise and take what he has to?

    Duh,Just Prove It RiffDork

  • Rik/The/”Crusader”⚔️

    Ahoy Maties

  • idahoraiderfan33

    Hmmm so rumors of Musgrave to interview with the Oregon Ducks

  • diff

    Damn. I don’t want Carr and the o to learn a whole new offense.

  • rifflicks

    The Ducks are expected to interview other candidates in the school’s search for a replacement for former coach Mark Helfrich, a source said. Among the possible candidates include Western Michigan coach P.J. Fleck, Florida coach Jim McElwain, Ohio State defensive coordinator Greg Schiano and Oakland Raiders offensive coordinator Bill Musgrave, who played quarterback at Oregon.

    Speculative BS at this point

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    RAIDER FAHQIN NATION BABY!!!!

  • Rik/The/”Crusader”⚔️

    Ahoy Matie…

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    Semper Fí….

  • diff

    Good game day morning

  • Rik/The/”Crusader”⚔️

    LoL