The Oakland Raiders just cannot seem to catch a break.
According to Adam Lefkoe, safety Johnathan Abram will be placed on IR after tearing his rotator cuff. Abram was a first round draft pick and started in the Raiders’ first game against the Denver Broncos. It is expected he will need surgery.
Going on IR automatically means he will miss at least eight weeks. Although, Oakland expects him to miss the rest of the season.
In Abrams’ first NFL game, he collected five total tackles, including one solo tackle. He also had one pass defended. He played 43 of 57 defensive snaps in the Raiders’ 24-16 victory, according to NFL.com.
Coming off a very productive final season at Mississippi State, he was a highly touted defensive prospect in the 2018 draft. Abram had 99 total tackles, two interceptions and one fumble recovery. He was the third of three first round picks, behind Clelin Ferrell and Josh Jacobs.
The options for replacing Abram will be one of two veteran defensive backs, Karl Joseph or Curtis Riley.
Oakland’s next game is a divisional matchup Sunday at the Coliseum against the Kansas City Chiefs.
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