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Darren Waller injury update heading into Week 1

We break down news that Darren Waller has a hamstring injury. What it means for Week 1 and beyond.

NFL: Las Vegas Raiders Training Camp Lucas Peltier-USA TODAY Sports

Wednesday update: The Raiders submitted an injury report with no names on it, so the hamstring issue appears to be resolved.

There are few injury situations more intriguing than Las Vegas Raiders tight end Darren Waller and his hamstring injury, which might not be a hamstring injury at all. Waller fired his agency at Klutch Sports and returned to practice on August 31. Given Waller’s contract isn’t guaranteed until Week 1 there is speculation this was simply a “hold in”.

Fantasy football implications

If Waller’s hamstring injury was simply a designation for him to avoid preseason and work on a new contract, then he should be good to go for Week 1 against the Los Angeles Chargers. Waller is a definite TE1 this year and with the addition of Davante Adams to the Raiders passing game, he should have more space to operate. He might not reach the yardage totals of the 2019 and 2020 season, but Waller should get more looks in the red zone to make up for some of that.