It appears the Raiders will have their top offensive line intact for tonight’s primetime matchup against the Chargers.
Center Rodney Hudson (ankle) and right tackle Trent Brown (knee) are both active. Hudson did not play last Sunday against Detroit and Brown left the game in the first quarter.
In all, the Raiders’ projected starting offensive line – Kolton Miller, Richie Incognito, Hudson, Gabe Jackson and Brown, from left to right – has played a total of just 10 snaps together this season. Still, the Raiders enter tonight’s game ranked 6th in the league in rushing offense and having allowed just nine sacks in eight games, second-fewest in the NFL.
Earlier Thursday, the Raiders placed defensive end Arden Key on injured reserve with a broken foot and promoted linebacker Quentin Poling from the practice squad. Poling is active meaning the Raiders will have five active linebackers tonight against a Chargers offense that uses running back Austin Ekeler (55 catches, 530 yards) and tight end Hunter Henry (29 catches, 388 yards) a lot in the passing game.
Rookie cornerback Isaiah Johnson, a fourth-round pick in April, is active and will likely make his NFL debut. Johnson suffered a concussion and facial fracture in the preseason opener and spent the first eight games on injured reserve before being designated to return. With Johnson active, rookie corner Keisean Nixon is inactive.
“He’s a big, long, tall corner,” defensive coordinator Paul Guenther said of Johnson this week. “So hopefully we can get him worked in the plan. He’s obviously been practicing here for a few weeks so hopefully we can get him in there and get him a couple snaps and get him rolling.”
The Raiders’ full inactives;
QB DeShone Kizer
WR/RS Dwayne Harris
WR Keelan Doss
CB Keisean Nixon
C Erik Magnuson
T Brandon Parker
DE Josh Mauro
And the Chargers’ inactive list:
QB Easton Stick
WR Geremy Davis
RB Justin Jackson
S Roderic Teamer
T Sam Tevi
DT Cortez Broughton
DT Justin Jones
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