The Raiders are already playing playoff games and its only Week 14. That is because they are in complete control of their playoff destiny. If they win out, they win the AFC West and secure their second playoff berth in as many years. If they drop a game or two or three then their road to the postseason get significantly more difficult.
This week they have a crucial game against the Kansas City Chiefs who are currently tied with the Raiders and Chiefs for first in the division. Fans and those on the coaching staff are holding out hope for Amari Cooper’s return. Those prospects are looking grimmer as the days go by.
According to Michael Gehlken of the Las Vegas Review-Journal, Cooper is still recovering from the multiple injuries that he suffered two weeks ago against the Broncos.
Raiders WR Amari Cooper has yet to clear concussion protocol, per team official. Also known to be still nursing left ankle injury.
— Michael Gehlken (@GehlkenNFL) December 5, 2017
Gehlken also stated that the sprained ankle looks to be more of an impediment to Cooper’s return than the concussion. Cooper has yet to clear concussion protocol as well which is obviously a problem as well.
There is good news, however. Michael Crabtree is expected to be back after serving a one-game suspension for his fight with Broncos cornerback Aqib Talib.
The team would obviously prefer to have both receivers on the field but getting Crabtree back will add an extra boost to an offensive that performed well enough last week without him.
Cooper had his biggest game of the season against the Chiefs on Thursday night and would obviously be welcome on the field in such a pivotal game. Cooper feasted on the Chief’s secondary to the tune of 11 receptions for 210 yards and two TDs. The offense could certainly use another performance similar to that to keep their postseason alive.