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Darren Waller removed from injury report for Wild Card game vs. Bengals

We break down the news that Waller was limited in practice again, but removed from the injury report

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Tight end Darren Waller of the Las Vegas Raiders warms up before a game against the Los Angeles Chargers at Allegiant Stadium on January 9, 2022 in Las Vegas, Nevada. The Raiders defeated the Chargers 35-32 in overtime.
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Thursday update: Waller was again limited in practice on the injury report, but has no injury designation going into the game. He was able to play last weekend and didn’t have any setbacks and should only be ready for more work this week.

Wednesday update: Waller remained limited in practice, which is expected as the tight end is still managing a knee injury. He did play Week 18, so the expectation is he will play in the wild-card game.

The Las Vegas Raiders won in overtime in Week 18 to secure a postseason berth and got a big boost when star tight end Darren Waller returned to action for the regular-season finale. Waller was limited at Tuesday’s practice, which was expected as the Raiders will want to manage his reps ahead of a playoff game against the Cincinnati Bengals.

Fantasy football implications

If you play fantasy football for the playoffs, Waller is one of the better tight end options. He’s guaranteed to see significant volume as one of Las Vegas’ top targets, and will now have another week of prep under his belt. Foster Moreau did have a big play in the Week 18 game but will see a significant snap reduction if Waller is good to go for the wild-card game. If Waller doesn’t suit up, Moreau becomes the starting tight end. His production in that role doesn’t necessarily merit a start in playoff fantasy football.