Las Vegas Raiders tight end Darren Waller was ruled out for the remainder of the game after sustaining a knee injury during Thursday’s Thanksgiving Day contest against the Dallas Cowboys. Waller sustained the injury during the second quarter on a 21-yard reception. Waller was seen working out on an exercise bike on the Las Vegas sideline after leaving the game, but in the third quarter he was seen in street clothes.
Waller is someone the Raiders cannot afford to lose. One of the NFL‘s top players, Waller came into Thursday’s game with 51 receptions for 610 yards and two touchdowns this season. Since the start of the 2019 season, the seven-year veteran has caught 250 passes for 2,984 yards and 14 touchdowns.
The Raiders’ backup tight end is Foster Moreau, who entered Sunday’s game with 11 receptions (on 14 targets) for 132 yards and three touchdowns. Moreau scored the Raiders’ only touchdown during last Sunday’s 32-13 home loss to the Cincinnati Bengals.
Las Vegas is currently 5-5 and in third place in the AFC West division. The Raiders won their first two games under interim coach Rich Bisaccia before dropping their last three games. The franchise is in pursuit of its first win over the Cowboys since 2005. The two teams split their first 12 matchups, with the Cowboys winning the last three games in the series.
We will provide an update on Waller’s status as soon as one is available.
Ray and Weaver, who used to be teammates with the Arizona Diamondbacks, engaged in some theatrics as they both refused to return to their respective dugouts after the anthem. Their game of chicken saw them get toweled down and delivered water by their teammates. The deadlock delayed the afternoon’s first pitch by several minutes and was caught on camera. Press play below and enjoy:
As you can see, the umpiring crew grew impatient with Ray and Weaver’s displays of civil disobedience, demanding they quit goofing around and that they leave the field so that the contest could begin. Evidently Ray and Weaver waited too long to acquiesce, resulting in both being ejected from the game.
For those wondering, Ray was the “winner,” a fact that the Mariners celebrated on their official Twitter account. Take a look:
Weaver, meanwhile, has not pitched since last Sunday. Seeing as how he’s the only Royals reliever to not appear in a game this week — a development that likely has as much to do with his below-average production this season as anything — it’s reasonable to think that he may have been in line for action at some point on Sunday. Oh well.