The Las Vegas Raiders are placing tight end Darren Waller and wide receiver Hunter Renfrow on injured reserve, according to ESPN.
Both players are expected to miss at least four games.
Waller has been dealing with a hamstring problem all season, as well as multiple injuries over the past two years. He has missed eight of the team’s last 14 regular-season games, dating back to last year.
This season has been especially frustrating for Waller, who has managed just 16 catches for 175 yards and one touchdown.
“It’s not like I’m doing anything to stay off the field willingly,” Waller said, via ESPN . “I’m doing everything I can. It might not be happening on the schedule that I’d like it to happen. So I’m just extending that grace and that patience to myself because I’m really doing my best to be healthy. and follow my processes and my routines as I did in the past.”
Raiders head coach Josh McDaniels stressed there would be no timetable for Waller’s return.
“It’s very difficult to predict some of these things,” he said. “Muscles and things like that are always a little tricky, especially for a player whose No. 1 skill, or one of his main traits, is his ability to run and get open and go. There’s no timetable “.
Waller has been out since the Raiders’ Week 5 loss to the Kansas City Chiefs (he played just eight snaps in that affair) and was a limited participant in the team’s three practices this week. His last reception was in Week 4 against Denver, where he had three catches for 24 yards.
The seven-year veteran’s injury history is deep and lower-body ailments have continued to plague him. In addition to missing six games last season, Waller was placed on IR in 2015 with another hamstring injury. He has also been bothered by knee problems in recent years.
Waller signed a three-year, $51 million contract with Las Vegas in September that made him the highest-paid TE in the league. Has recorded 286 receptions for 3,359 yards and 17 TDs in 70 career games.
Renfrow, who signed a two-year, $32 million extension last offseason, has both rib and hamstring injuries.
After a game-high 103 receptions for 1,038 yards and nine touchdowns last season, Renfrow has just 21 catches for 192 yards and zero scores this season. He has 229 catches for 2,491 yards and 15 interceptions in 52 career games.
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