In the midst of a disappointing season, the Las Vegas Raiders suffered another blow Wednesday.
The team announced that star defensive end Chandler Jones has been placed on injured reserve because of an elbow injury, ruling him out for the final two games of the year.
Jones suffered the injury to his left elbow in Saturday night's game against the Pittsburgh Steelers, which caused him to be carted to the locker room. In addition, linebacker Denzel Perryman suffered a shoulder injury and was also placed on IR on Wednesday.
It was just a week ago that Jones was the hero of Las Vegas' win over the New England Patriots after he snagged the ball on a backward lateral pass and returned it 48 yards for a walk-off touchdown as time expired. The game-winning score continued a productive December for Jones after his slow start to the season, highlighted by a three-sack performance in a win against the Los Angeles Chargers at the beginning of the month.
The 32-year-old signed with the Raiders last offseason on a three-year, $51 million deal. He ends the 2022 season with 38 total tackles, 4.5 sacks, three fumble recoveries and a forced fumble.
The Raiders have endured a tumultuous season that was capped by Wednesday's benching of starting quarterback Derek Carr. At 6-9, Las Vegas is unlikely to make the playoffs after qualifying for the postseason in 2021. Jarrett Stidham, a 2019 fourth-round pick, is expected to start under center for the team's final two games.