The injury suffered by second-year linebacker Travis Goethel in practice Monday has been diagnosed as a torn knee ligament, which will require surgery and likely cause him to miss the entire season.
Goethel got hurt in practice without making any contact with another player. Coach Hue Jackson called it one of those “freak” accidents that happen from time to time.
Goethel was on the verge of earning a starting spot as a rookie last season, when a back injury surfaced and necessitated surgery. He returned midseason and appeared in eight games.
The Raiders were looking at Goethel as a potential starter again this season. For now, it appears as if Quentin Groves is going to start on the weak-side.
Jackson was asked about the possibility of signing former Raiders middle linebacker Kirk Morrison or former Seattle Seahawks middle linebacker Lofa Tatupu.
“Every name that’s out there is” a possibility,” Jackson. “At this particular point in time if a guy can help the Raiders win, win the AFC West and continue toward our goals then we’re going to look at him. I don’t think we’ll shy away from anybody if they can help us.”
Sam Williams, Chris Francis, Bani Gbadyu, Darrly Blackstock and Bruce Davis II already are on the roster. They will get more reps in the coming days and a chance to push for playing time.