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Darren Waller ruled out for Week 7 vs. Texans

We break down the news that Darren Waller has a hamstring injury. What it means for Week 7 and beyond.

Darren Waller #83 of the Las Vegas Raiders warms up before the game against the Denver Broncos at Allegiant Stadium on October 02, 2022 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Photo by Jeff Bottari/Getty Images

Friday update: The Raiders have formally ruled Waller out for Sunday’s game against the Texans.

Thursday update: Waller has missed back-to-back practices with the hamstring injury he suffered in Week 5. The tight end said he’s “likely” to miss Week 7, so managers should make other arrangements on the fantasy front. Even with the bye week, it seems Waller will miss a game this Sunday.

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Raiders head coach Josh McDaniels told reporters on Wednesday that he’s hopeful that tight end Darren Waller, who missed Las Vegas’ Week 5 loss to the Kansas City Chiefs with a hamstring injury, could return to action this week. However, he cautioned that that wasn’t a “prediction,” according to The Athletic’s Tashan Reed.

His optimism might be misplaced as Waller was not present at Raiders practice on Wednesday.

Waller injured his hamstring in the Raiders’ Week 4 win over the Denver Broncos.

Fantasy football implications for Week 7

It’d be great news if Waller could return to the Raiders’ starting lineup in Week 7 as he would have a juicy matchup against the Houston Texans.

Raiders reserve tight end Foster Moreau was inactive against the Chiefs after being limited with a knee injury, but he was back at practice on Wednesday, per Adam Hill.

If both Waller and Moreau miss the Texans tilt, then we’ll get another week of Jesper Horsted in our lives. Horsted tallied three catches for 19 yards in Week 5. He’s not startable in fantasy football unless you’re incredibly desperate and in a TE-premium league.