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Raiders TE Darren Waller inactive for Week 7 after ankle injury led to injury report downgrade

We break down the news that Darren Waller is listed as questionable with an injury.

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Darren Waller of the Las Vegas Raiders walks off the field after a win over the Denver Broncos at Empower Field at Mile High on October 17, 2021 in Denver, Colorado.
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Game status: Darren Waller is officially INACTIVE for Week 7.

Game day update: Waller “doesn’t feel great” and the Raiders are not expected to know until pregame warm-ups if he can go, per Adam Schefter. Waller “strained the inner side of the ankle and heel during practice Friday, when he was tripped by a teammate.”

The Las Vegas Raiders added TE Darren Waller to the injury report Saturday, making the star pass-catcher questionable to suit up in Week 7 vs. the Philadelphia Eagles. Waller is coming off a strong performance in a win over the Broncos with five catches for 59 yards.

Fantasy football implications

Waller is the star receiver for the Raiders and is a big advantage for fantasy managers at tight end. There’s not a lot of great waiver options left if Waller is ultimately inactive for the contest. Foster Moreau is the backup in Las Vegas and would take over as the starting tight end if Waller is ruled out.

This is a bad bye week for fantasy offenses. That includes some key tight ends with Dawson Knox and Dalton Schultz going on bye. If Waller is ruled out, fantasy managers may have to roll with Moreau unless there’s a clearly superior option on the waiver wire.