The notion of injuries hitting one position hard applies precisely to tight end with the Oakland Raiders after Mondriel Fulcher's situation.
Fulcher, a third-year backup from Miami (Fla.) sustained a tear in the lateral collateral ligament to his left knee in Wednesday's practice, coach Bill Callahan said, and will be placed on injured reserve today, meaning he cannot return to the lineup this season even if he is eventually healthy enough to do so. Fulcher will undergo surgery today as well.
He becomes the second Raiders tight end to land on IR this season. Jeremy Brigham was placed on that list after sustaining a hamstring injury in training camp. That deficiency looms large since the Raiders often like to use multiple tight ends in short yardage and goal line situations.
Fulcher's injury frees up another roster spot and leaves Oakland with only two ends, starter Roland Williams and second-round draft pick Doug Jolley. One possibility is to bring up tight end Marcus Williams from the practice squad.In other Raider news on the injury front, right guard Mo Collins (knee) remains doubtful while wide receiver James Jett (knee) is questionable. Running back Randy Jordan (groin) and Rod Coleman are probable.