The Oakland Raiders released Antonio Brown earlier this week. Immediately following the move, Vegas sportsbook moved the Raiders from favorites to underdogs in their game against the Denver Broncos on Monday night.
Oakland responded by dominating the Broncos on both sides of the ball in a 24-16 win.
The Raiders were led by their stellar rookies on offense and defense. Running back Josh Jacobs ran for 85 yards and two touchdowns on the night while racking up 28 yards on one reception.
Former Mississippi State safety Jonathan Abram, meanwhile, held it down on the secondary for the Raiders.
The hard-hitting safety blitzed, played in coverage and just generally created havoc for the Denver offense all night long.
His performance was made more impressive by the fact the reportedly played the final three quarters with a torn rotator cuff and torn labrum.
NFL analyst Adam Lefkoe broke the surprising news on Tuesday night.
Raiders Rookie Safety Johnathan Abram tore his Rotator cuff and Labrum in the first quarter of last night’s game. He will have surgery this week…likely ending his season, per source.
— Adam Lefkoe (@AdamLefkoe) September 11, 2019
Abram was one of a trio of players the Raiders selected in the first round of the 2019 NFL draft.
He, Jacobs and former Clemson defensive end Clelin Ferrell were expected to have a major impact this season.
ESPN’s Josina Anderson reported Abram will seek a second opinion on the injury.
Stay tuned for the latest.