Rucker (neck) has been ruled out for Sunday's game against the Seahawks. Rucker's Week 6 absence was foreshadowed by his failing to practice Wednesday and Thursday, so Arden Key should be busy at defensive end across from Bruce Irving against Seattle.
Rucker (neck) is listed as doubtful for Sunday's game against the Seahawks. Rucker returned to practice in a limited capacity Friday, but that may not be enough for him to suit up for Week 6 after missing practice Wednesday and Thurdsay. Rookie Arden Key figures to see a healthy dose of playing time regardless of Rucker's availability, but the former could take on an even more significant role across from Bruce Irvin if Rucker is out.
Rucker didn't take part in Wednesday's practice due to a neck injury, Matt Kawahara of the San Francisco Chronicle reports. Rucker's status was in doubt for Week 5 due to what is likely the same neck issue, but he wound up playing 16 defensive snaps in the contest. It's possible the training staff is holding him out to ensure his health for Week 6, but the final injury report Friday should reveal more about the prospects of him suiting up against the Seahawks.
Rucker signed a one-year contract with the Raiders on Wednesday, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports. Rucker comes to Oakland after spending five seasons with Arizona, having averaged 21 tackles per season and only once topping three sacks in a single campaign. The Raiders don't have much depth at defensive end, so it's possible the 12-year vet could work with the first-team offense right away while star defensive end Khalil Mack holds out for an extension.
Rucker totaled 29 tackles (23 solo) and 1.5 sacks in 16 games for the Cardinals in 2017. Rucker signed a one-year deal last spring and improved upon his sackless 2016 season. Retirement is certainly a viable consideration for the 34-year-old at this point, and he is likely to be limited to a rotational role if he does return for the 2018 season, which he enters as a free agent.
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