The Oakland Raiders‘ Marquel Lee isnow eligible to return from injured reserve.
For the first time since suffering his ankle injury versus the Minnesota Vikings in Week 3, the veteran linebacker participated in practice on Monday — starting the clock on his eventual return from injured reserve.
LB Marquel Lee is out here for the start of #Raiders practice. Working back from Week 3 ankle injury
— Matt Kawahara (@matthewkawahara) November 11, 2019
While Lee won’t be eligible to play in Week 11 versus the Cincinnati Bengals, he will be eligible to return in Week 13 when the Raiders visit the Kansas City Chiefs.
Because he’s the second player to return from injured reserve for the Raiders, Oakland can no longer bring back safety Johnathan Abram (shoulder) or quarterback Nathan Peterman (elbow) from injured reserve this season.
“Lee can now return to the practice field but he will not be eligible to play in a game until Week 13. His eventual presence will be good news for a linebacking corps still trying to replace Vontaze Burfict (suspension), but Lee being the second of Oakland’s two players to return from IR means neither Johnathan Abram (shoulder) or Nathan Peterman (elbow) will be able to return at any point in 2019.”
Jon Gruden Comments on Marquel Lee’s Return
Head coach Jon Gruden commented on Lee’s eventual return, via Levi Damien of Raiders Wire.
“NFL rules don’t allow him to play until the Kansas City game, so he’ll get a chance to be on the practice field and get re-acclimated to what he needs to do to get right,” Jon Gruden said of Lee Monday.
Lee had started two of the Raiders’ first three games of the season, but he was sparsely used on defense. The 24-year-old linebacker only played 18 total defensive snaps — but he was used on 36 total snaps on special teams over the first three games.
The 6-foot-3 linebacker started 10 of the Raiders’ 16 games in 2018 and also started six games during his rookie season in 2017.
With Lee due to return in Week 13, the Raiders won’t be as thin alongside their linebacker core. Since the loss of Vontaze Burfict due to his season-long suspension, Oakland has been forced to rely upon a rotation of Nicholas Morrow, Will Compton, Tahir Whitehead and Kyle Wilber.
The Raiders had also recently re-signed