LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – NOVEMBER 21: Quarterback Derek Carr #4 and tight end Darren Waller #83 of the Las Vegas Raiders walk off the field after a fumble recovered by the Cincinnati Bengals during the second half of a game at Allegiant Stadium on November 21, 2021 in Las Vegas, Nevada. The Bengals defeated the Raiders 32-13. (Photo by Chris Unger/Getty Images)
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The Las Vegas Raiders and their fans should be happy with the injury update about Darren Waller after the talented tight end’s MRI revealed the extent of his knee injury.
Things could certainly be worse for the Las Vegas Raiders after an MRI was done on tight end Darren Waller’s knee. If anything, the Raiders should be pretty relieved after the extent of Waller’s knee injury was revealed in an MRI.
According to a tweet from Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network, the MRI indicated that Waller is dealing with a strained IT band in his hurt knee. Rapoport also stated that this is “some very good news” for Waller and the Raiders.
#Raiders Pro Bowl TE Darren Waller suffered just a strained IT band in his knee, sources told me and @TomPelissero said after his MRI. Some very good news.
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) November 26, 2021
Things could definitely be worse for the Raiders.
Darren Waller injury update: Las Vegas Raiders get good news about tight end
It’s always a terrifying thing to see a player suffer a knee injury.
It seems as if anytime a player suffers a knee injury, there’s the fear that they may not be able to play for the remainder of the season. Or there’s a great chance that they’ll miss a fairly significant amount of time as they work to recover.
Given that this particular injury isn’t quite as bad as anyone could have expected, the Raiders can take a deep breath.
It’s not totally clear how long the Raiders will miss Waller, or whether or not this injury will impact him in any significant manner once he’s able to get back on the field. But it’s clear that Waller didn’t suffer anything severe. And maybe he’ll be recovered in time for the Raiders to have him play in their next game at home against the Washington Football Team on Sunday, Dec. 5.