By Abraham Gutierrez
In the Oakland Raiders final home game of the 2015 NFL season, head coach Jack Del Rio will have the luxury of a full roster at his disposal when the AFC West rival San Diego Chargers come to town.READ MORE: San Jose Police Department Civilian Employee Faces Weapons Charges, Accused Of Social Media Threats
According to the official Week 16 injury report, the Silver and Black had eight players nursing some type of injury during this week’s preparations for Thursday night’s game against the Bolts.
However, the good news is that four of those players are listed as probable, one is questionable, only two have been ruled out, while one will be a game-time decision. Starting with those listed as probable, Raiders fans would be glad to know that safety Charles Woodson is coming off a full week of practice despite having a bummed shoulder.
Joining the ageless wonder in the Raiders probable list are a pair of wide receivers Derek Carr will be counting on for the win. Putting the finishing touches on a Rookie of the Year caliber season, Amari Cooper had limited participation in practice due to an injured foot.
Meanwhile, fellow freshman wide out Seth Roberts had no problem taking 100 percent of the snaps despite having an abdomen injury. And finally, helping complete the Raiders list of probable players for the penultimate game of the season is none other than Pro Bowl defensive end, Khalil Mack, who’s nursing an injured knee.
Nevertheless, not everyone on the Raiders Week 16 injury report will be able to take the field. As detailed by Del Rio and his staff, two players will be forced to watch from the sidelines as Oakland plays its final home game of the year. In this instance, the Raiders defense will be without the services of two players.
Nursing a neck injury, defensive end Mario Edwards will not play Thursday after not being able to participate in this week’s practices. His absence means that the Raiders will be missing his production of 42 tackles, two sacks, and his three forced fumbles.
Joining the FSU rookie on the Raiders sideline will be safety Nate Allen, whose injured knee also kept him off the practice field all week. The sixth-year man out of South Florida has registered 11 tackles on the year and a pick to go along with 2 passes defended.READ MORE: 'Fire Hose' Of Subtropical Moisture Bearing Down On Northern California
Moving right along, there’s one Raiders player that’s listed as questionable for the Week 16 opener. Dealing with an injured neck, cornerback Neiko Thorpe is also in danger of becoming a DNP, as he was forced to take only limited snaps in practice this week.
Finally, there’s one remaining player on this list, whose injury wasn’t divulged and neither was his status. The only piece of information available about defensive tackle Denico Autry is that he was unable to participate in this week’s practices. The second-year pro out of Mississippi State, who has 19 tackles on the year and a pair of sacks, will also be a game-time decision.
Oakland Raiders NFL Week 16 Injury Report & Game Statuses
(WR) Amari Cooper (Foot) Limited Participation in Practice
(DE) Khalil Mack (Knee) Limited Participation in Practice
(WR) Seth Roberts (Abdomen) Full Participation in Practice
(S) Charles Woodson (Shoulder) Full Participation in Practice
(CB) Neiko Thorpe (Neck) Limited Participation in Practice
(DE) Mario Edwards (Neck) Did Not Participate In Practice
(S) Nate Allen (Knee) Did Not Participate In Practice
(DT) Denico Autry (N/A) Did Not Participate In Practice (N/A)
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