Oakland Raiders safeties Nate Allen and Charles Woodson suffered significant injuries against the Bengals

As if the 33-13 loss to the Cincinnati Bengals wasn’t enough, more and more bad news keeps coming out of Alameda for the Oakland Raiders.

Despite receiving the good news that quarterback Derek Carr only has a bruised hand, it appears the Raiders could be without their two starting safeties for a little while.

Strong safety Nate Allen went down with a knee injury after linebacker Ray-Ray Armstrong went down into his knee from the side. It was first believed that he had torn his ACL, but NFL Media’s Ian Rapoport is now saying it’s an MCL.


Head coach Jack Del Rio said there was a chance Allen could return this season, which this diagnosis supports.

Meanwhile, veteran Charles Woodson went down late in the game as it was coming to an end. His agent had told ESPN’s Josina Anderson that it was a dislocated shoulder, and it appears he wants to come back quickly.



Whether Woodson can come back quickly or not still remains to be seen. Should both be unable to play, safeties Larry Asante and Keenan Lambert are the next two in line as the Raiders gear up to host the Baltimore Ravens on Sunday.

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