When the Oakland Raiders released their injury report for this week’s game, 20 names were listed. That’s 37 percent of their entire 53-man active roster being hurt enough to be mentioned on the official injury report. The 20 men are six more than the previous season-high of players listed in the week before the bye.
The worst part for the Raiders are the players listed on the report are some of the biggest cogs in their offense and defense. On offense alone, Mike Goodson, Darren McFadden, Brandon Myers and Rod Streater are all on the list as probable with only Streater not going through a full practice each day. Defensively, Miles Burris, Tommy Kelly and Richard Seymour are probable this week with smaller injuries. This poses a major problem because it lets the fans know something is bothering them enough that they need to be listed which means a more serious injury is more likely to happen to them than a player like Carson Palmer or Rolando McClain, who are not listed on the report.
Digging deeper into the Oakland release, two starters are still out for the Raiders, cornerback Shawntae Spencer and tackle Khalif Barnes. These two players have been out awhile and Oakland is doing a good job coping, but you are always a better team when the most talented players on your roster at each position actualy play in the game. Another key starter on the mend is defensive end Matt Shaughnessy, who is listed as questionable with a shoulder injury and have limited reps on Thursday and Friday. The Wisconsin product is a good end for the team and his 2.5 sacks tops the team. He is solid in the running game and a great pass rusher, which makes his appearance Sunday more crucial.
Any way you look at it, teams will be beat up at this time of the year and the best teams are the ones who can fight through the injuries. The big question is can Oakland battle on with knicked up players, if it can, the Raiders have a chance to quietly creep back into the crowded, but mediocre AFC playoff picture.