Whoever mentions the idea of injuries happening at one position must have been talking about the Oakland Raiders cornerbacks in 2002.
The Raiders were at one time without all three of their top corners – Charles Woodson, Tory James and Phillip Buchanon, who went on injured reserve in Week 7. Woodson and James played the entire postseason with plates to protect broken bones in their legs but still performed at a reasonably high level.
Terrence Shaw was a decent nickel corner while Clarence Love played well in Woodson and James' absence. Buchanon, who was a first-round pick, earned the starting nod over James in Week 4.
Free safety Rod Woodson was a tremendous free agent acquisition and helped transform Oakland's secondary from decent to above average. Woodson had eight interceptions, two for touchdowns, and helped make Anthony Dorsett a better player. Derrick Gibson started at strong safety for much of the year before an injury opened the door for Dorsett, who remained the starter even after Gibson was healthy.
As for what lies ahead regarding the Raiders salary cap problems, Buchanon would likely get the nod at one corner opposite Charles Woodson if healthy. That leaves expensive backups in James and Shaw, it would seem unlikely Oakland could afford to retain both.
Rod Woodson is an aging and expensive veteran but he's also still productive. Perhaps he may return at a more cap friendly deal.
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