The Raiders replaced defensive coordinator Paul Guenther with Rod Marinelli on a short week. That’s enough of a challenge, especially scheming against Chargers quarterback Justin Herbert, the frontrunner for offensive rookie of the year.
Not having four defensive starters is going to make that job even tougher.
Head coach Jon Gruden said Wednesday safety Johnathan Abram (concussion), defensive end Clelin Ferrell (shoulder), cornerback Damon Arnette (concussion), and linebacker Nicholas Morrow (concussion) will all be out for Thursday’s game.
“We’re not going to go in the tank. We’re going to stay strong mentally,” Gruden said, via Paul Gutierrez of ESPN.
Las Vegas plans to have cornerback Daryl Worley active for Thursday’s game after signing him to their practice squad last week. But Takk McKinley will have to wait, as Gruden said he’s hoping to get the defensive end active for Week 16.