Raiders DB Lamarcus Joyner’s hamstring injury is not considered season-ending
The Oakland Raiders have already lost a couple of key members of their secondary to the injured reserve list in safeties Johnathan Abram and Karl Joseph, so they are hoping fellow defensive back Lamarcus Joyner doesn’t suffer the same fate.
Fortunately, it doesn’t look like he will.
Joyner sustained a hamstring injury during the Raiders’ Thursday night win over the Los Angeles Chargers last week, but Jeremy Fowler of ESPN is reporting that the injury is not considered to be season-ending.
Fowler notes that Joyner’s timetable is still unclear but that he should be available for Oakland’s playoff push.
The Raiders signed Joyner during the offseason as part of a massive overhaul on both sides of the ball. Through nine games this year, Joyner has logged 40 tackles and a couple of passes defended.
Joyner, who played his collegiate football at Florida State, was originally selected by the St. Louis Rams in the second round (41st pick overall) of the 2014 NFL Draft.
He spent the first five years of his NFL career with the Rams, playing both cornerback and safety. Last season, he posted 78 tackles, a sack, an interception and a fumble recovery in 15 games.
Oakland is aiming to make the playoffs for just the second time since last making the Super Bowl during the 2002-03 campaign.
The Raiders were expected to boast an explosive offense featuring Antonio Brown coming into the season, but things did not exactly work out between Oakland and Brown, leading to the wide receiver requesting his release just before the regular season began.
Even without Brown, the Raiders have been surprisingly impressive, going 5-4 through Week 10. They will have a great opportunity to pick up their third straight victory when they host the winless Cincinnati Bengals next Sunday.