The injury problems continue for the Oakland Raiders. Once again, the Silver&Black came out of a game with a few additions to the medical department. Here are the latest ones following the road loss against the Ravens.
- Linebacker Travis Goethel suffered a torn ACL early in the game and will have to be placed in the Injured Reserve, putting an end to his season. The former 6th round pick out of Arizona St. in 2010 has been used almost exclusively as special-teamer during his career, being a big part in kick coverage duties. This will be the second time in three years that the 25-year-old Goethel is heading to the IR, after missing the entire 2011 season with a knee injury sustained in Training Camp. He was also inactive for the first half of his rookie year with back issues. Goethel will enter the final year of his contract in 2013.
- According to head coach Dennis Allen, there’s a solid chance that right tackle Khalif Barnes will return to the starting lineup next Sunday against the Saints. The 30-year-old veteran had a good week of practice heading into the Ravens game, but was inactivated prior to the contest. Barnes has been sidelined since week 2 with a groin injury.
- Both Brandon Myers and Matt Giordano suffered concussions against Baltimore and will have to go through the NFL’s mandatory protocol in order to be cleared to practice and play against the Saints.
- Defensive backs Michael Huff and Tyvon Branch also came out of last Sunday’s game with injuries. Huff hurt a calf and Branch, his neck. Both situations don’t seem to be significant and the duo is expected to play against New Orleans.
- Darren McFadden and Mike Goodson are still using walking boots and their availability for next Sunday is still up in the air. Both runningbacks suffered high ankle sprains against the Buccaneers on week 9.
The Raiders will host the New Orleans Saints at 1:05 P.M. (PDT) on November 18th.