Fullback Justin Griffith will need knee surgery and is out for the year, coach Tom Cable announced at the Raiders weekly press conference.
Griffith has a torn ACL, an injury he sustained a couple of plays before before scoring on a 2-yard touchdown pass from JaMarcus Russell, with Cable saying it “gave way” on the touchdown.
With Oren O’Neal already lost for the season, Luke Lawton is the only true fullback on the roster. Michael Bush has the size of a fullback, but was less than thrilled when Lane Kiffin ran him out of that position occasionally during practice.
Cable said moving Bush to fullback may not be an option because of Darren McFadden’s on-going toe problems.
Instead, a new fullback will probably be brought in and trained as soon as possible, Cable said.
More to come later . . .