Darren Waller ready to play Sunday

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Neither a hamstring injury nor contract talks will keep Darren Waller out of the lineup Sunday. The Raiders tight end said Tuesday he’s ready to play against the Chargers.

Focus on Sunday, man. Focus on the game plan. Focus on what they ask me to do,” Waller said, via Vincent Bonsignore of the Las Vegas Review-Journal.

Waller practiced only twice between July 30 and Aug. 17 and then, after a one-day return, went back to rehab until Aug. 31. He has practiced every day since.

Some wondered whether he was holding in as a negotiating ploy for a contract extension, but Waller said the hamstring injury was real.

“Sometimes you just can’t catch a break,” Waller said. “Football is rough. It demands a lot on your body. I wish I could have been out there in the time that I missed, but at the same time, yeah, is it time for me to make sure that things are in line as far as my body? Make sure mentally I’m in a place of peace and I can attack the season now.”

Waller, who is due to make $7 million in compensation this season, changed agents this offseason. He said Tuesday he isn’t sure whether that will help the sides reach a deal or not.

“Whether it goes one way or it doesn’t, I’ll be playing football,” Waller said.

12 responses to “Darren Waller ready to play Sunday

  1. Attack the season baby! No more double teams will be a nice change of pace for you. The Raiders would be absolutely foolish not to sign you in their current playoff window of 3 years. You have the leverage and now the right agent. Good luck and god bless

  2. I don’t see the Raiders being good this year. The Gruden scandal really spiraled out of control. The Raiders don’t have a roster that can sustain a competitive season.

  3. I find hilarious how easily the Raiders are dismissed by Charger fans and others when last years Raiders team were nowhere near as good as they are now…and STILL beat the Chargers and the ‘choosen one’ in the biggest game of the season.

  4. Charger fans talk a lot in September. January, not so much. Beating the Raiders is top of the mountain stuff for those sad fans.

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