The Oakland Raiders took a 24-16 season-opening win in their Monday night matchup against the Denver Broncos, but not all the news for the silver and black was positive after the game.
The Raiders lost rookie safety Jonathan Abram for the season after he suffered a shoulder injury that will require surgery and cause him to be unable to return until the 2020 campaign. It’s a tough blow for a team that selected Abram in the first round and expected the hard-hitting defensive back to be one of its most important defensive players.
Abram was injured in the first quarter of the Raiders’ opener after delivering a big hit, his trademark play. Despite suffering a torn labrum and rotator cuff in his left shoulder, he played the entire game and finished the night with five tackles and one pass breakup.
Raiders coach Jon Gruden announced the news in his Wednesday press conference, saying that ” (Abrams) would probably play this week if we let him, but he’s going to have surgery, I think, tomorrow, and we’re just keeping him in our thoughts and prayers, and we’re going to miss him, no doubt.”
The rookie safety will rehab his injury and look to come back strong for 2020.