Johnathan Abram injury update: Raiders safety could miss rest of season, report says

Oakland might be losing an important member of its secondary.

Raiders safety Johnathan Abram tore his rotator cuff Monday in the first quarter of his team’s 24-16 victory over the Broncos, according to multiple reports. Although Abram was able to play 77 percent of Oakland’s snaps following his injury, it will require surgery and could cost him the rest of 2019.

The 22-year-old Mississippi State product has developed a reputation for his big hits and was selected as a first-round pick in the 2019 Draft. The rookie totaled five tackles and broke up one pass in his debut.

Coach Jon Gruden told reporters after the game that Abram can improve in certain areas.

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“I think he probably got a little bit too reckless at times,” Gruden said of Abram’s performance. “Made some great plays, some impact plays… I think some tackles he’s gotta make for us ⁠— he missed. His debut was pretty good.”

The Raiders’ defense will likely be challenged when the team hosts the Chiefs on Sunday.

 

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