Oakland Raiders News: Preseason Injuries Crippling Raiders Early

Mike Hoag@MikeHoagJrCorrespondent IIAugust 18, 2012

Aug. 17, 2012; Glendale, AZ, USA; Oakland Raiders quarterback (7) Matt Leinart is taken to the locker room by a golf cart after suffering an injury in the third quarter against the Arizona Cardinals during a preseason game at University of Phoenix Stadium. The Cardinals defeated the Raiders 31-27. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-US PRESSWIRE
Mark J. Rebilas-US PRESSWIRE

The injuries are beginning to pile up for the Oakland Raiders. After Friday’s preseason matchup with the Arizona Cardinals, the Raiders lost three more players to injuries.

RaiderNationTimes.com detailed the extent of those injuries in the wake of Friday’s action.

Mike Goodson, who was kept out of practice until Wednesday after suffering a neck injury last week in practice, left the game with weakness in his shoulders. It is not clear if the injury is a symptom of rushing himself back into action as he continues to compete for the backup spot behind Darren McFadden.

Wide receivers Jacoby Ford (sprained foot) and Darrius Heyward-Bey (shoulder pain) both left the game due to injuries, according to head coach Dennis Allen. Ford has been filling in for the injured Denarius Moore, who is still rehabbing a pulled hamstring.

Backup quarterback Matt Leinart also left the game with a cut on his right index finger.

These new injuries join an already sizeable list. According to RaiderNationTimes.com, the following players missed the second preseason game due to injury.

On the injury front, running back Taiwan Jones (hamstring), punter Shane Lechler (knee), linebacker Aaron Curry (knee), wide receiver Denarius Moore (hamstring), tight end Brandon Myers (shoulder), offensive lineman Ed Wang (shoulder), offensive lineman Stefen Wisniewski (calf), fullback Rashawn Jackson (hip), safety Michael Huff (personal), cornerback Pat Lee (personal), defensive lineman Jack Crawford (foot), defensive lineman Jamie Cumbie (foot), and offensive lineman Zach Hurd (head) all didn’t play in the game. 

Most of these injuries may be cleared up in time for the opening week Monday Night Football showdown against the San Diego Chargers, but they are preventing everyone from getting in sync and preparing adequately as a team.

With a full offseason under his belt and an offense with plenty of speed and weapons (when healthy), Carson Palmer could propel this Raiders offense to new heights.

That’s if they can keep their talent on the field this year.

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