Tuesday, August 23, 2011
Raiders likely to pursue vet LB
By Bill Williamson
The Raiders will almost certainly go get a veteran linebacker now that young linebacker Travis Goethel could be out for the year with a knee injury. Goethel was playing well and he was pushing Quentin Groves at weakside linebacker.
ESPN's John Clayton reports Oakland could potentially bring back linebacker Kirk Morrison (who was traded to Jacksonville last year) or bring in Lofa Tatupu. Both Morrison and Tatupa are best suited at middle linebacker, but they are heady veterans who could help in an emergency. The Raiders looked at Tatupu early in camp.
This is another tough break for a team that has been battered by injuries in camp.
In other AFC West news Tuesday night:
- The San Diego Union Tribune, which reported linebacker Stephen Cooper will go on the injured reserve, reports he will try to practice with a torn biceps. Still, the paper reports he could end up on the injured reserve. There’s no questioning this guy’s toughness.
- Oakland quarterback Jason Campbell said he will support new Oakland quarterback Terrelle Pryor because he enjoyed the guidance of a veteran as a young player.