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Raiders’ Lamarcus Joyner injured late in win over Chargers

Lamarcus Joyner, Raiders, Chargers

Oakland Raiders safety Lamarcus Joyner was injured in the final minute of the Silver and Black’s 26-24 win over the Los Angeles Chargers on Thursday night.

The injury occurred in the middle of the Chargers’ futile and final possession. Los Angeles quarterback Philip Rivers went 0 for 7 passing with an interception on that drive.

Rivers threw three incomplete passes on the Chargers’ first series of downs. The Raiders committed a penalty on fourth down, giving the Bolts another set of downs. Rivers threw three more incompletions followed by a pick on fourth down to seal the win over the Raiders in a back-and-forth affair.

As the tweet above from a Bay Area sports anchor shows, the Lamarcus Joyner injury occurred before the third down on the second series of downs. Joyner was on the field for the first five passes Rivers failed to complete on that final drive.

We will likely know more about Lamarcus Joyner’s injury status over the weekend. If the injury is a long-term problem, that will be a big blow to an Oakland team whose secondary made a lot of important plays on Thursday against the Chargers, and has provided important contributions to the Raiders’ cause at several points in the season.

The Raiders won in Indianapolis against the Colts because of their secondary. The Raiders’ back line of defense flummoxed the Denver Broncos’ offense. The same secondary made a fourth-down stop near the goal line against the Detroit Lions this past Sunday.

The Silver and Black need Joyner eventually. Yet, if there was ever a time for a key player to miss one or two games, Jon Gruden’s group has found that pocket in the 2019 schedule.

Oakland’s next two games come against the 0-8 Cincinnati Bengals and the 1-7 New York Jets.

The Raiders will need to have Joyner back by December 1. That’s when Oakland faces the Chiefs in Kansas City.