When Raiders defensive end Clelin Ferrell ended up on the inactive list for Monday night’s game against the Ravens, it raised a few eyebrows.
The fourth overall pick in 2019, Ferrell had clearly been relegated to being a rotating player. Free-agent signing Yannick Ngakoue was scheduled to start facing Maxx Crosby on the defensive end. But Ferrell’s deactivation came as a surprise, in part because he did not have an injury status on his way into the game.
Ferrell appeared on the injury report with a back problem. But he fully participated in all three Week One exercises.
When asked about Ferrell’s deactivation on Tuesday, head coach Jon Gruden mentioned Ferrell’s back as part of the reason he was in streetwear for Monday Night Football.
“He’s had some back problems,” Gruden said. “His time is coming. He’s likely to return to the lineup this week. Hopefully he feels better and can get back to his form he had earlier last year and his rookie season. ”
Given that Ferrell was a full participant in all three days of training, it is reasonable to call Ferrell a healthy scratch. And given the defensive end’s draft status, it’s a concern as he enters a critical third season.
It is worth noting that the Raiders have a recent history that violates the league’s injury reporting policy. Back in 2018, the team was fined for not downgrading Kelechi Osemele to come out even though he did not travel to a game.
In 26 career games, Ferrell has 6.5 sacks, 11 tackles for losses, 18 quarterback hits and a few forced fumbles.