Key said he underwent minor offseason shoulder surgery but is now healthy, Scott Bair of NBC Sports Bay Area reports.
Key hurt his shoulder in training camp last summer and played through some sort of injury during most of his rookie campaign. The 2018 third-round pick appears to be back to full strength, though, and Bair relays the defensive end reported to minicamp at 260 pounds after finishing last year at 245. There's optimism for Key in his second year after a seemingly unlucky first season in which he produced just one sack despite also having 10 quarterback hits and 30 quarterback hurries, according to Pro Football Focus. No other player with double-digit hits had less than four sacks.
Coach Jon Gruden said Tuesday he's demanding improvements of Key for 2019, Scott Bair of NBC Sports Bay Area reports.
Key played all 16 games for the Raiders last season after being selected in the third round of the 2018 NFL Draft, and he posted 30 tackles and one sack over that stretch. With Oakland lacking serious competition at defensive end, Key has a straight path to a starting role in 2019 and could realistically receive an uptick in snaps.
Key (knee) is active for Sunday's game against the Chiefs.
Key will suit up against the Chiefs on Sunday despite him having been limited in practice all week due to a knee injury. The rookie third-round pick is expected to slot into his usual starting role.
Key (knee) is officially listed as questionable for Sunday's game against the Chiefs.
Key was a limited participant in practice all week due to a knee injury and appears to be truly questionable for Sunday's tilt against the Chiefs. If the rookie third-round pick were to miss any time, Shilique Calhoun would benefit from an increased defensive role.
Key racked up four tackles (all solo) and his first career sack in Sunday's 27-3 loss to the Seahawks.
Key recorded the Raiders' lone sack while starting in place of the injured Frostee Rucker (neck), who figures to return in Week 8 against the Colts following the team's bye. Key has now played at least 47 defensive snaps in three consecutive games.
Key (ankle) returned to practice Monday, Matt Schneidman of the Mercury News reports.
Key was held out of the Raiders' preseason opener with an ankle injury, but the third-round pick has returned to practice in no time. The rookie out of LSU figures to rotate with Shilique Calhoun, Tank Carradine, Fadol Brown and Frostee Rucker at defensive end behind starter Bruce Irvin throughout the preseason.
Key will be sidelined for Friday's preseason opener against the Lions due to a tweaked ankle, Vic Tafur of The Athletic Bay Area reports.
Key presumably sustained the injury at a recent practice, but this is the first we are hearing of the issue. The Raiders are likely exercising caution with their third-round pick, as he projects as a rotational defensive end this season. Look for Shilique Calhoun, Fadol Brown, and Frostee Rucker to see some extended time in his absence.