The Las Vegas Raiders left week eight with a dominant defensive win, defeating the Cleveland Browns 16-6. Surprisingly, they did this without star left tackle Trent Brown.
Brown is now the second player in the NFL to go down with a non-football related injury. Per Ian Rappoport of NFL Network, Brown was hospitalized because of a medical mishap that allowed air to enter his bloodstream. This injury required immediate medical attention, and Brown is apparently staying overnight for more tests.
This is now the second medical mishap of the year. In week 2, Tyrod Taylor had to miss time because of a punctured lung and eventually got his starting job taken away from him.
It’s odd that this kind of mistake happens at all, never mind twice in the same season.
Although it is likely that Brown will be fine, (Tyrod was also doing well), it is frustrating for the Raiders to play a game against Myles Garrett without their starting left tackle.
The Browns registered two sacks against the Raiders and held Derek Carr in check with consistent pressure. The whole game could have been different if Brown had suited up.
Raiders staff must also be very upset with team doctors. Brown signed a four-year, $66 million dollar deal, which made him the highest-paid offensive lineman in NFL history at the time. Those kinds of players can’t be put on the sidelines because of a doctor’s mistakes.
Trent Brown should hopefully be recovered and ready to go by next week assuming everything goes well.