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Report: Raiders WR Andre Holmes to miss 3-4 weeks with broken hand

August 14, 2015; Oakland, CA, USA; Oakland Raiders wide receiver Andre Holmes (18) celebrates after scoring a touchdown against the St. Louis Rams during the second quarter in a preseason NFL football game at O.co Coliseum. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

August 14, 2015; Oakland, CA, USA; Oakland Raiders wide receiver Andre Holmes (18) celebrates after scoring a touchdown against the St. Louis Rams during the second quarter in a preseason NFL football game at O.co Coliseum. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

Oakland's suddenly-deep receiving corps took a hit on Sunday.

Andre Holmes will now miss time with a broken hand after leaving the first practice of the week, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter.

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Head coach Jack Del Rio initially downplayed the seriousness of the injury. He told reporters that Holmes, who led the team in receiving last season, would be back in short order.

The hand fracture is a tough break, literally and figuratively.

Holmes was searching to find his niche behind Amari Cooper and Michael Crabtree before the setback. Now, his future on the team is a little murkier.

(h/t Adam Schefter on Twitter)