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Raiders & # 39; Abram to become Operation, placed on IR



ALAMEDA, California – Oakland Raiders rookie safety Johnathan Abram, the 27th overall pick in this year's draft, will undergo shoulder surgery and is likely to miss the rest of the season, coach Jon Gruden said Wednesday.

Gruden said Abram will be placed on the damaged reserve.

"Great battle for our team," Gruden said after practice. "No doubt it's a big loss. … We will consider this a red-haired year for him."

Abram allegedly claimed the injury during the first quarter of the Raiders' 24-16 victory against the Denver Broncos on Monday night. Abram, who finished with five tackles and a pass defended while playing 49 of 64 defensive snaps, was also on the pitch for four special teams snaps. He was not credited with a tackle during the first quarter.

"For him to go out and hurt it when he did, and to keep playing …" said quarterback Derek Carr. "He said, 'Yeah, I'm just starting to hit people with my other shoulder. "And right there you show what kind of man he is. He's an adult man. He's a Raider and he's our Raider. And I'll make sure he's still part of this, he knows part of it. "[1

9659006] Raiders rookie safety Johnathan Abram will undergo shoulder surgery and may miss the season. Ralph Freso / AP

For the game Abram was flagged twice, once for illegal contact and another time for lowering the helmet to initiate contact. On the second penalty, Abram inadvertently kicked teammate Gareon Conley on top of the helmet, which ended with Conley being caught on a stretcher and bought off the field.

After the game, Abram seemed unaffected and pain-free at his closet.

"That is the identity we are trying to get back – quickly, physically and aggressively," Abram said at the time. "You come over the middle, we will meet you. There are a couple of games we left out there. I know I want back for sure, and I know the other guys feel the same way."

Abram, who entered the NFL with a reputation as a hard hitter, took to Twitter on Wednesday.

Gruden said Tuesday that Abram "became a little too considerate sometimes" during Monday's game.

"He made some great games [against the Broncos] to help us win a football match," Gruden added Wednesday. "He's a big part of our future – everything that's advertised. He would probably play this week, if we let him."

Lamarcus Joyner is listed as a co-starter on free safety with Abram, but Joyner is generally the slotback in the Raiders nickel defense. With Abram out, veteran Curtis Riley was able to get into free safety.


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