Raiders rack up more injuries
Another game, another handful of players joining the long list of walking wounded. That's been the weekly pattern for the Raiders so far this season and Tuesday was no different. Monday's 38-28 win over the hated Broncos came at a price as Oakland's injury report bulged over. Just listing the team's injuries coming out of the game against Denver nearly caused head coach Jon Gruden to get winded. · Left guard Steve Wisniewski, who had been the only member of Oakland's original starting offensive line to avoid a hindering injury, had to come out of the Denver game with a left ankle sprain. He's questionable to play against Seattle, which could mean the Raiders will go into Husky Stadium with three back-ups starting. · Safety Anthony Dorsett sprained his left knee while making a tackle on Denver's Terrell Davis and is ‘'questionable at best'' to play against Seattle, according to Gruden. Dorsett was scheduled to undergo an MRI test on his knee Tuesday, though results were not immediately available. · Special teams standout Eric Johnson fractured a fibula and will be out eight weeks, according to the Raiders. Gruden said the team is mulling putting Johnson on injured reserve or keeping him on the roster should he heal faster that expected. Johnson is one of Oakland's top special teams players and would be lost for the entire season were he to be put on injured reserve. · Cornerback Charles Woodson has a turf toe injury that kept him sidelined for much of the second half. He's also questionable. · Fullback Jon Ritchie strained a groin muscle and is questionable. · Defensive lineman Tony Bryant has a left hip bruise. · Defensive tackle Grady Jackson has a sore knee and Achilles tendon. · Running back Randy Jordan also has a turf toe injury. That's not to mention the fact that Oakland was already without running back Tyrone Wheatley, quarterback Bobby Hoying, guard Mo Collins and kick returner David Dunn, all of whom sat out the win over Denver with a variety of injuries. ‘'I don't know what the breaking point is,'' said Gruden. ‘'I am just very proud of our coaches and our players for hanging in there. You don't even talk about Trace Armstrong. You don't talk about Barret Robbins, two key performers who haven't played at all this season really. ‘'But this is about as injury riddled that I have seen a team, at least since I have been in coaching. I am confident that a lot of these guys will be there for us on Sunday. They will find a way to get ready to play. Only time will tell but I am going to be optimistic.'' The wave of injuries meant an even more crowded trainers room, where the players are stacking up for treatment. While Tuesday was the players' day off several prominent players -- Wheatley, Dorsett, Dunn, Collins, Jackson among them -- were at the team's Alameda facilities undergoing therapy or getting treatment for injuries. The injuries to Woodson and Dorsett are of particular concern, as it could leave the Raiders without half of their starting secondary heading in to face the Seahawks. Oakland will limit Woodson in practice this week in hopes that with the rest he'll be available to play in Seattle. Dorsett's status remained up in the air. ‘'My foot was planted and the way he fell into me, it just grabbed,'' said Dorsett of his left knee. The Raiders will have a quick turnaround for Sunday night's game against the Seahawks. Oakland returns to practice Wednesday and Thursday, then will have a light workout Friday before flying to Seattle.
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