Rookie safetyJohnathan Abramis expected to be placed on injured reserve with a shoulder injury, NFL Network’s Tom Pelissero reported Wednesday.
The news is a brutal blow after a promising start to theRaiders‘ 2019 campaign. Pelissero adds Abram is headed for surgery that is expected to end his season. Going on IR automatically wipes out the next eight weeks, but given the surgery element, the hard-hitting rookie will likely not be seen on the field again until 2020.
Abrams played 43 of theRaiders57 defensive snaps in Monday’s 24-16 victory, per Next Gen Stats, compiling five tackles and one pass defended.
Coach Jon Gruden didn’t let on that Abram was dealing with an injury on Tuesday, speaking only of how the rookie can sometimes get overly aggressive.
“I think he probably got a little bit too reckless at times,” Gruden said,via the San Jose Mercury News. “Made some great plays, some impact plays and certainly I think some tackles he’s got to make for us, he missed. But his debut was pretty good.”
The loss of the promising first-round pick is a tough break after theRaidersdefense looked much improved to open the season.
Abram’s injury means it’s likely veteranCurtis Rileytakes over as the starter, or theRaiderscould useLamarcus Joyner, who mostly saw time as a slot corner in Week 1, alongsideKarl Josephto plug the gap created at safety with the rookie’s injury.