LaFell (back) was a full participant in Thursday's practice. LaFell was sidelined during the Raiders' season-opening loss to the Rams and limited in practice to begin the week due to a back issue. The veteran seems healthy heading into Sunday's matchup against the Broncos, but he stands to see limited offensive snaps even if he suits up.
LaFell was limited in Wednesday's practice due to a back issue, Matt Schneidman of The San Jose Mercury News reports. LaFell was inactive for the Raiders' season-opening loss to the Rams in what was deemed a coach's decision. The wideout has since had more time to get up to speed with the Raiders' playbook after signing with the team Sept. 3, but it now appears that the back injury could impact his availability for the Week 2 matchup with the Broncos. If LaFell is cleared to make his season debut, he would likely be limited to a depth role and see minimal snaps on offense.
LaFell (coach's decision) is inactive for Monday's game against the Rams. LaFell -- who was signed on Sept. 3 -- will have to wait a little longer to make his Raiders debut. The former Bengals wideout is expected to battle with Seth Roberts for the team's No. 3 receiver job once he gets acclimated with the offense.
The Raiders have signed LaFell, the team's official site reports. With Martavis Bryant having been cut loose this past weekend, the Raiders were looking for added depth behind top wideouts Amari Cooper and Jordy Nelson. Enter LaFell, who has a chance to supplant Seth Roberts as the team's No. 3 wideout once he gets up to speed with the Oakland offense. Neither of those two are high-upside fantasy options at this stage, but they do merit a look by those in deep leagues scrambling to replace Bryant.
LaFell will be granted his release by the Bengals, Mike Garafolo of NFL Network reports. LaFell did earn his roster bonus in the spring, but a report emerged Wednesday that the veteran wideout wasn't necessarily a lock to make the 53-man roster. That apparently didn't sit well with LaFell, but it appears his release is something that has already been brewing behind the scenes. According to his agent Johnathan Feinsod, "We have been lobbying for his release for some time now and appreciate the Bengals granting our request." Now entering his age-31 season, LaFell will be free to catch on with an organization in need of receiver depth. He's been a plug-and-play fantasy option for most of his career, collecting 500 or more receiving yards in every season since 2011. Meanwhile, Cincinnati will move forward with A.J. Green, John Ross and Tyler Boyd atop the depth chart.
|WK||DATE||OPP||OPP RANK||OPP FPTS|
|9||11/02||@San Francisco 49ers||22||25.00|
|10||11/11||Los Angeles Chargers||23||25.00|
|13||12/02||Kansas City Chiefs||17||23.67|
|17||12/30||@Kansas City Chiefs||17||23.67|
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|3 Year Avg||89||51||642||3||30||12.59||82|