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Raiders expected to place Lee Smith, Ben Heeney on injured reserve

OAKLAND, CA - DECEMBER 06:  Lee Smith #86 of the Oakland Raiders runs with the ball after a catch against the Kansas City Chiefs during their NFL game at O.co Coliseum on December 6, 2015 in Oakland, California.  (Photo by Jason O. Watson/Getty Images) Getty Images

The Oakland Raiders came out of Sunday’s win over the Baltimore Ravens with a pair of players with significant injuries.

According to Michael Wagaman of the Associated Press, Raiders head coach Jack Del Rio said Monday that tight end Lee Smith and linebacker Ben Heeney are both likely to be placed on injured reserve after being injured in Sunday’s 28-27 win.

Both of those guys are likely to go (on IR),” Del Rio said. “As they finish the work that is done on those guy with our doctors and all the experts looking at it, if we determine that the time is such that we won’t be able to get them back they could in fact go down. It’s not officially done but it’s headed in that direction.”

Smith was injured while being tackled by Ravens cornerback Jimmy Smith in the second quarter. His right ankle caught in the turf and was wrenched sideways as he fell to the ground. He had to be helped off the field by Latavius Murray and Derek Carr.

Heeney suffered an ankle injury.

The Raiders are expected to use their one injured reserve/return designation on defensive end Mario Edwards. If they do so, both Smith and Heeney’s seasons will be over if placed on injured reserve.

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12 Responses to “Raiders expected to place Lee Smith, Ben Heeney on injured reserve”
  1. pooflingingmonkey says: Oct 4, 2016 12:10 AM

    They should move to Vegas ASAP. Who knows when they’ll have a winning record again? It could be decades.

  2. illumination666 says: Oct 4, 2016 12:18 AM

    Losing Lee hurts. He’s the best blocking TE in the league. Hopefully the RTs get healthy soon, and stay healthy.

    Losing Heeney is addition by subtraction.

  3. thebillscouldeventuallymove says: Oct 4, 2016 12:32 AM

    Sucks losing Smith. Heeney? meh good guy, wish him the best and a speedy recovery but our defense has only improved since Cory James has taken his place (that and Karl Joseph starting at safety)

  4. alleycat702 says: Oct 4, 2016 1:10 AM

    Bummer!

  5. punxrawk124 says: Oct 4, 2016 1:26 AM

    Sucks to lose smith
    Heeney, addition by subtraction

  6. therealraider says: Oct 4, 2016 2:00 AM

    We got depth at TE. Heeney’s injury will open up a roster spot.

  7. claudibi says: Oct 4, 2016 4:05 AM

    Way bigger loss than imaginable for the Raiders. Cheap dirty shot, by the way….

  8. claudibi says: Oct 4, 2016 4:06 AM

    “Way bigger”, of course…

  9. theghostofaldavis says: Oct 4, 2016 8:47 AM

    The loss of Lee is huge as he’s our best blocking TE; unfortunately, Walford hasn’t been able to improve his game in that regard and this will hurt us in the run game.

    While I had high hopes for Heeney, with the way he’s played this season, we’re much better off giving the rookie James all of his snaps.

    ONE NATION!

  10. hanspard says: Oct 4, 2016 12:03 PM

    Still surpised Heeney has been this bad. He added nothing to the defense. Another thing, all Raiders fans remember that mess of a Chargers game where we lost Condo to injury and had no backup long snapper. Lee Smith was also a long snapper and an insurance policy against that happening again. Hope history doesn’t repeat itself.

  11. radrntn says: Oct 4, 2016 2:10 PM

    Heeney actually was great on special teams, mlb another story, especially against the pass, or TE in the seam

    As far Lee Smith, I love that gut…reminds me of Wiz, he is away mixing it up even after the whistle.

  12. silvernblacksabbath says: Oct 5, 2016 10:27 AM

    Let Heeney lose weight and put him at his natural position… He could be a back up Safety for us!

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