Obi Melifonwu expected to make regular season debut for Raiders this week

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The Raiders were down three players from their secondary for their Week Eight loss to the Bills, but they’re set to get some help for the back end of their defense this week.

Second-round safety Obi Melifonwu had arthroscopic knee surgery and has been on injured reserve since early September, but is eligible to come off the list and play against the Dolphins this week. Coach Jack Del Rio indicated that Melifonwu will be in the lineup, although not in the “big role” they originally planned.

“He’s shown that he needs some work,” Del Rio said, via the Las Vegas Review-Journal. “When a young guy, regardless of how talented they are, misses as much [practice] time as he has, he’s going to be rusty. We’ve had a couple good weeks to work him in and get him some looks and prepare him. He’s physically ready to go. Mentally as far as game conditioning and stuff, that will have to come. It’s good to see him running around. It’ll be good when we get him back and in the full.”

Safety Karl Joseph did not play against Buffalo, leaving seventh-round pick Shalom Luani to make his first start. The Raiders were also without cornerbacks David Amerson and Gareon Conley.

15 responses to “Obi Melifonwu expected to make regular season debut for Raiders this week

  1. Whiffing on the top 2 draft picks killed this defense. Thats why we let Allen and Hayden go and we replaced them with 0.

    Also could it be that Malcolm Smith, Stacy McGee and Nate Allen were better than we thought?

    Real sharp letting Lorenzo Alexander walk to the Bills…

    WHt was the point of not playing Hood? SMH wtf?

  2. well it was pretty obvious when you draft secondary players in the first rd, and the second rd, after also having first rd pick from the year before Karl Joseph injured a good portion of last year. Just looking forward when (and if) we can see all three on the field at the same time. As much as defense is a concern, it is no where near as bad as the offense is where the raiders have dedicated almost 70% of the salary cap.

  3. as a long time raider fan I have been unimpressed with Reggie. Missed with too many high draft picks and some free agents. Yes, a great draft the one year with Carr/Mack /Jackson but that was really it. Did anyone not know that Cooper had a tendendcy to drop balls coming out of ALabama

  4. I like the potential of Obi and Conley but what this defense is missing is a bookend to go along with Mack. I was hoping for Campbell in free agency but reggie doesn’t have my vision or eye for talent when drafting on the defensive side of the ball. Everyone knows that to help the secondary you got to have a pass rush first, you win upfront you win football games.

  5. Lots of work to do.

    Reg righted the ship, but has left the Nation wanting much more.

    Tick- tock, tick- tock, tick- tock…..

    Unless an abundance of miracles manifest, this season is over.

    An 8-0 run is not going to happen.

    Oh well, it looked good on paper.

    RAIDER NATION

  6. People ragging on Reggie for Obi and Conley not playing this season, but you can’t predict that. Implying that you could is ridiculous. Time will tell if they can play, but neither had injury history in college.

  7. Not too late to fire KNJ and Downing, promote Mike Tice to OC who favors and promote Pagano to DC. There is no great team in the AFC this year. Crazy as it sounds, 1.5 games out of the wild card. Then again doing all that would just make too much sense so watch for more of the same.

    At least the draft will be exciting, ugh..

  8. The way they are playing there are only 2-3 more wins on their schedule. 5-11 maybe 6-10 this year.

  9. slick50kc says:
    October 31, 2017 at 12:50 pm
    Worst defense in football.
    ********************************************
    No, that would be the Chief’s, YOUR Chiefs.

  10. i get a kick out of all the Reggie haters out there. Please name a defensive end free agent you wish we would have signed the past couple of years, besides Bruce Irvin who we did sign (& Aldon Smith…If only???)….hate to say it but there has not been a whole lot available, and this year you might only have 2 ufa Ezekiel Ansah, and Demarcus Lawrence, but who knows if they are even available- just might have to draft Chubbs or Ogbonnia to get that pressure from the other edge

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