The Oakland Raiders look like they are getting some much-needed help back from injury in the secondary this week.
Veteran safety Nate Allen is eligible to come off of the short-term injured reserve starting this week and it appears that’s what he will do. Allen was placed on the IR-designated to return after he was injured when linebacker Ray-Ray Armstrong came crashing into him. Allen had a knee injury.
It’s a much-needed boost for a defense that allowed a franchise-record 597 yards to Pittsburgh, with the NFL’s worst pass defense especially struggling and allowing 284 receiving yards to Antonio Brown.
Not only will getting Allen back give them one of their starters back, but second-year cornerback TJ Carrie will be able to move back to cornerback after playing at safety since week three.
It’s a good sign for a Raiders secondary that has struggled in recent week, and it should benefit the Raiders defense as a whole.