Raiders Place Cornerback on Injured Reserve

The Las Vegas Raiders will be without one of their only bright spots on a struggling defense for at least four weeks. The team announced Monday afternoon that it had placed cornerback Nate Hobbs on injured reserve with a broken hand. Hobbs exited during the second half of the Raiders' tough Week 5 loss against the Kansas City Chiefs. He had started all five games for the Raiders, allowing a middling 107.4 passer rating on passes thrown in his direction but earning a strong 70.6 overall grade from Pro Football Focus. He had been one of the few assets on a Raiders' defense that ranks 27th in points allowed through 6 weeks.

Hobbs will miss at least four games with the move to IR. The Raiders have matchups against the Houston Texans, New Orleans Saints, Jacksonville Jaguars, and Indianapolis Colts in the coming weeks. Amik Robertson and Sam Webb will see increased snaps in the secondary in his absence.

Hobbs joined the Raiders as their 167th overall pick in the 2021 NFL Draft. He appeared in 16 games as a rookie, logging nine starts and earning an impressive 79.1 overall grade from Pro Football Focus. 
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