Looking “More and More” Like Raiders Could Be Without Yannick Ngakoue In Week Two

Until he left Monday night’s game with a hamstring injury, Yannick Ngakoue was looking like everything the Raiders had hoped he would be. Ngakoue was giving Baltimore tackles all they could handle and if not for Lamar Jackson’s uncanny athletic ability, Ngakoue probably would have had a couple sacks in the season opener.

Fortunately the Raiders won and there’s a much less mobile quarterback on the schedule next week. But according to The Athletic’s Vic Tafur, Ngakoue’s status for Sunday’s game in Pittsburgh is currently trending in the wrong direction.

“The Raiders already lost Good and McCoy to knee injuries in that game, and it’s looking more and more like pass rusher Yannick Ngakoue will miss Sunday’s game against the Steelers with a hamstring injury,” Tafur reported on Wednesday.

Officially, Ngakoue was listed as ‘limited’ in practice on Wednesday.

Right now the Raiders have two premier players battling injuries that are likely to linger for a while. Hamstring injuries almost always take at least a week to heal and turf toe, which Josh Jacobs is dealing with, is another nagging injury that never seems to completely go away.

The solution to both injuries is extended rest, but the patient approach can be difficult to take during the season – especially considering both players will probably be pushing the coaching staff to let them play every week.

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