The majority of Monday night’s 30-29 loss to the rival Kansas City Chiefs was played without tight end Darren Waller for the Las Vegas Raiders. After only six plays against Kansas City on Monday night, Waller was declared ineligible due to a hamstring ailment. In street clothes, he returned to the sidelines to start the second half after leaving the field early in the first.
In his post-game press conference, head coach Josh McDaniels stated to the media that he did not think Waller’s injury was serious. The former Pro Bowler’s evening was over after six snaps with no receptions, no targets, and five routes ran. On a fourth-and-1 play in the first quarter that ended with a Derek Carr to Davante Adams touchdown throw of 58 yards, he took his final snap. Waller and his agent reached an agreement on a three-year, $51 million deal on the eve of the 2022 season. Waller had made four starts prior to this past Monday and had accumulated 16 grabs for 175 yards and a score.