The Chicago Bears are not the only team dealing with injuries on offense. While the loss of quarterback Jay Cutler could be a crippling blow to the Bears and their playoff chances, the Oakland Raiders may be without the services of several key offensive players when they host the Bears this Sunday.
The Raiders own a 6-4 record, good for first place in the AFC West. Starting quarterback Carson Palmer will continue to try and improve after struggling in his first two performances. He will have to do it without some of the Raiders' young and talented offensive weapons.
According to NBC Bay Area, several Raiders who have been nursing injuries recently did not practice this week. Those who were not able to practice Wednesday include wide receivers Darrius Heyward-Bey, Denarius Moore and Jacoby Ford. Wide receiver T.J. Houshmandzadeh, who was signed at the beginning of November, also sat out Wednesday's practice, but that reason was not disclosed.
Raiders running back Darren McFadden, who has not played the last two games, also missed practice. His backup Taiwan Jones is also injured, and may sit out Sunday's game.
If none of these players are able to suit up against the Bears Sunday, the Raiders will have some serious depth issues on offense. The Raiders' recently acquired quarterback, Carson Palmer, may have to continue to adjust to his new team without some of their more talented players.
"You don’t get the same guys on the field from the week before, and the rhythm and timing slows down a little bit. So we have our work cut out for us," said Palmer (via NBC Bay Area).
The Bears offense will also be sporting a new look against the Raiders when Caleb Hanie takes the field for the first time this season at quarterback. The Raiders, however, may be without several starters on offense.
Here's a more in-depth look at who the Raiders may be playing without on offense in Week 12.