LB Nicholas Morrow not expected to return for Raiders Wild Card Playoff vs Bengals

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This week we heard a name we haven’t heard in a while. Nicholas Morrow was designated for return from a foot injury he suffered in training camp. He was placed on injured reserve to start the year and the initial prognosis was for a lengthy healing process.

It certainly was a long process, as he missed the entire regular season, but with the team now in the postseason, his return becomes a possibility. Just perhaps not right away according to interim head coach Rich Bisaccia.

“He didn’t get many reps today,” Bisaccia said of Morrow. “He got a little bit with some of the show team, not many, a little bit with some of the show kicking game, but we’ll see what his soreness level is today. He really didn’t get many yesterday or the day before in the walk-thru, but I know he wanted to kind of get himself in position to run around with his teammates again a little bit. We’ll see where we’re at with more reps and how sore his foot is, but as of right now he won’t be playing.”

From the sounds of it, this could mean that Morrow very well could be back next week should the Raiders beat the Bengals and advance to the Divisional Playoff round.

In Morrow’s absence, the team has gotten good reps from veteran KJ Wright and rookie Divine Deablo. Lately former starter Cory Littleton has been relegated to special teams, which is a good sign for the job Deablo has done stepping up.