HENDERSON, Nev. –The Las Vegas Raiders placed a pair of Pro Bowl passers — tight end Darren Waller and slot receiver Hunter Renfrow — on the disabled list on Thursday.
Waller and Renfrow will both miss at least four games, starting with Sunday’s home game against the Colts, and won’t be eligible to return until the Raiders (2-6) play the Rams on Dec. 21. . 8.
Waller has been battling a strained left hamstring since a loss to the Chiefs in Week 5 and has already missed Las Vegas’ last three games, while Renfrow has rib and hamstring injuries. Both players were listed as limited participants in Wednesday’s training.
Waller (three years, $51 million) and Renfrow (two years, $32 million) signed offseason extensions, but neither could stay on the field this year. They were supposed to team up with All-Pro receiver Davante Adams, Pro Bowl running back Josh Jacobs and Pro Bowl quarterback Derek Carr to elevate the Raiders’ offense under new coach Josh McDaniels.
Instead, Las Vegas have lost three games in which they held a 17-0 lead, and the quintet have only played together in three games so far. Waller, Renfrow, Adams and Jacobs played a total of just 43 snaps together.
Waller told ESPN on Wednesday that no one was more frustrated with the injury than him.
“It’s not like I’m doing anything to intentionally walk off the field,” said Waller, who had tested his left hamstring in pre-game drills the previous two weeks. “I’m doing everything I can. It may not be happening on the schedule that I’d like it to happen.”
Waller also faced a right hamstring issue that forced him to miss a lot of time during training camp. He’s missed eight of Las Vegas’ last 14 regular-season games after also suffering back and knee injuries in a Thanksgiving game against the Cowboys last year.
Waller’s numbers paled in comparison to his previous output; he has just 16 catches for 175 yards and a touchdown this season. He had a franchise-record 107 receptions for 1,196 yards and nine touchdowns in 2020, a year after he had 90 catches for 1,145 yards and three touchdowns in 2019.
Renfrow suffered a concussion in the final game of the Raiders’ stunning Week 2 overtime loss to the Cardinals and missed the next two games. A year after catching 103 receptions for 1,038 yards and nine touchdowns, Renfrow has just 21 receptions for 192 yards and zero scores this season.