Raiders To Place Richie Incognito On IR

Although Richie Incognito avoided an Achilles tear, he will not return to the Raiders’ starting lineup for a while. The Raiders are placing the veteran guard on IR, Field Yates of ESPN.com tweets.

Incognito left Monday night’s game with an Achilles injury and will be out until at least Week 6. The Raiders moved rookie John Simpson into Incognito’s left guard spot against the Saints, pointing to the fourth-round Clemson product making a Week 3 start.

The Raiders gambled on the polarizing Incognito in free agency last year and were rewarded when the experienced blocker helped the team form one of the league’s top offensive lines. The Raiders then extended the 37-year-old guard through the 2021 season.

Viewed as a potential player who could replace offseason trade chip Gabe Jackson, Simpson instead saw time opposite Jackson in New Orleans. Pro Football Focus rated Incognito as one of its better guards last season, viewing him as an elite pass-blocking guard, and again had him off to a good start in 2020. Prior to Incognito missing the 2018 season amid more off-field trouble, he went to three straight Pro Bowls as a member of the Bills.

Las Vegas will fill Incognito’s roster spot with Patrick Omameh, a veteran guard who has made 57 career starts in eight NFL seasons. The Raiders added Omameh to their practice squad ahead of their Week 2 game.

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9 comments on “Raiders To Place Richie Incognito On IR

  1. nentwigs

    This move to IR was inadvertently leaked to the media,
    Raiders had hoped to do this INCOGNITO !!

  2. bowserhound

    Change your diapers dorks, he has played surprisingly well since joining the Raiders.

    • JoeBrady

      The dude is bi-polar. People that are sick deserve a second chance. And so far, he’s behaved himself.

  3. crosseyedlemon

    I wonder if they could have got Richie to go on IR if the Raiders were scheduled to travel to Buffalo in two weeks.

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