GREEN BAY, Wis. -- The Raiders' offensive line just can’t get right. They finally got Gabe Jackson back after the guard missed the first five games, only to lose star right tackle Trent Brown for Sunday’s Week 7 game against the Packers.
Brown suffered a calf strain during Monday’s practice, the first workout after the bye week.
Brown was unavailable Wednesday and Thursday. He was limited Friday, but he didn’t look ready to play at that point. The days after that didn’t help enough to make him active here at Lambeau Field.
David Sharpe will start in his place. Brandon Parker will be the swing tackle. That could spell trouble against Packers edge rushers Preston Smith and Za'Darius Smith.
That’s not the only significant blow the Raiders must absorb. They didn’t deem new receiver Zay Jones ready to go after roughly two weeks prep in the Raiders' offense.
The Raiders acquired Jones from the Buffalo Bills in an Oct. 7 trade and gave him a crash course in their scheme, but he wasn’t prepped enough to handle the snap count required of an active receiver.
The Silver and Black are weak at that spot, going with Trevor Davis, Keelan Doss, Marcell Ateman and Hunter Renfrow. Dwayne Harris will miss his fourth straight game while dealing with an ankle injury.
All told, the Raiders have Brown, Jones, Tyrell Williams, edge rusher Arden Key, cornerback Keiseasn Nixon and quarterback DeShone Kizer inactive for this game.
Meanwhile, the Packers will get two of their receivers back, as both Geronimo Allison and Marquez Valdes-Scantling will be active.