Lost in the Oakland Raiders’ victory over the Denver Broncos on Monday was that Johnathan Abram suffered a season-ending injury. The talented safety tore his rotator cuff and labrum in the first game of the season.
Oakland took Abram with the 27th overall pick in this year’s NFL Draft.
The Raiders envision Abram as the leader of their secondary for years to come. Now that his rookie season is over, the coaching staff has to wait for that plan to come into fruition.
Jon Gruden announced that Abram is being placed on the injured reserve. He said it’s a “big loss” for their defense.
Jon Gruden said Johnathan Abram is headed to IR and that he will be out for the year.
“It’s a big loss.”
— Scott Bair (@BairNBCS) September 11, 2019
Abram went on Twitter to address the news, saying “Trying to work towards these blessings but the devil keep interfering, everybody go through something it’s all about perseverance.”
In his NFL debut, Abram had five total tackles against the Broncos.
Not only does the injury to Abram affect the Raiders, the timing of it is also brutal. With the Kansas City Chiefs on the schedule for this Sunday, the defense will have its hands full against Patrick Mahomes.
The loss of Abram puts more pressure on veteran safety LaMarcus Joyner to step up in the secondary.