Friday wasn’t just the final injury report for this week, it was the Raiders final injury report of the season. On it right tackle Trent Brown is officially OUT for the Raiders with a knee injury he suffered late in last weeks loss to the Dolphins. Jon Gruden said he was disappointed Brown would be unavailable and missed so many games this season.
Also suffering an injury in that game was left guard Denzelle Good, who is questionable for the game along with DT Maurice Hurst and CB Lamarcus Joyner.
Jon Gruden also sounded like he thought rookie John Simpson would be getting the start at left guard in place of Good.
“Well, this is a big evaluation for John, no doubt,” Gruden said of his fourth round rookie guard. “It’s not going to make or break him, but we like Simpson. He got off the bench and played well against New Orleans. He’s played well in spurts for us. He’s had some great mentors. For him to walk around with Jason Witten and Rodney Hudson and Gabe Jackson and Denzelle Good, [Richie] Incognito. He’s had a real, I think, great experience and I think it’s fast tracked him. Hopefully you see a better version of Simpson on Sunday than you saw early, but we like him a lot.”