The Las Vegas Raiders kicked off their season with a big win against the Denver Broncos in Week 1. Jimmy Garoppolo marked his Las Vegas debut with a win as the two-time Super Bowl-winning quarterback led his team to an impressive comeback victory at Denver’s Empower Field at Mile High.
As it turns out, however, this win came at quite a cost for the Raiders.
Las Vegas Raiders WR Jakobi Meyers Could Miss Week 2 Vs. Buffalo Bills
Apart from Jimmy G, it was Jakobi Meyers who also came up big for Las Vegas on Sunday. He put in a tremendous performance with nine catches, 81 yards, and two touchdowns, which also included the Raiders’ go-ahead score with a little over six minutes left in the fourth and final quarter.
Unfortunately, Meyers did not come out of this win unscathed. He took a massive hit from Broncos safety Kareem Jackson late in the game, which forced the Raiders wide receiver to the ground:
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His Las Vegas teammates quickly rushed to Meyers’ side as they immediately signaled to the medical staff to attend to Meyers, who lay motionless on the ground for quite a bit. Jackson was penalized for an illegal hit, while Meyers was forced to exit the game and was unable to return.
It is now being reported that Meyers has suffered a head injury and has been placed under the league’s concussion protocol. This comes via Las Vegas beat reporter Vic Tafur of The Athletic:
“Raiders WR Jakobi Meyers is in the concussion protocol,” Tafur wrote in his tweet.
This obviously isn’t a good sign for both Meyers and the Raiders. Head injuries can be very tricky, and the fact that he has been placed under the concussion protocol does mean that there is cause for concern here.
The silver lining, however, is that league rules require a three-day clearing window before players are cleared to play. This means that Meyers still has a chance to suit up for Las Vegas’ upcoming Week 2 contest against the Buffalo Bills on Sunday. This is under the assumption, of course, that he did not suffer any serious injury.
If, however, Meyers ends up sitting out against Josh Allen and Co., we expect Kristian Wilkerson to step in as Las Vegas’ starting wide receiver. However, most of the offense should run through Davante Adams and Josh Jacobs as Jimy Garoppolo looks to utilize these two players significantly sans Meyers.