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LB Travis Goethel tears knee ligament, likely out for season

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.

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    Edward Teach Says:
    August 23rd, 2011 at 7:20 pm
    Ricky Brown was terrible. The Pats can have him.

    Until they cut him, of course. Everyone talks about the Pats scooping up our players after we cut them, but nobody seems to mention the fact that they almost never stick with the team.
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    totally agree.
    Brown started a couple of games last year and had 1.5tackles in one game! He’s 3rd teamer at best. We haven’t had one decent LB since steroid king.

    As for Groves lovers you gotta be kidding me. He’s awful. Always a day late and a dollar short in making plays. He rarely makes a play. AD paid a firth rounder to Jacksonville just because he was a former first rounder.

    I think Tatupu is injured that’s why they passed on him. The ONLY credible staff members of Raiders is DR. King their Orthopedic surgeon. He stopped AD in making another huge mistake signing an injured Gaither this year.

  • qodrn

    Any Al sitings at camp? Doesn’t it end on Thursday? Guess he ain’t coming.

    Wonder what the record is for hurting players in training camp? Laughed at Cable’s walk through camp last year, but it doesn’t seem so funny now. Course, Chaz still got hurt. Maybe Chaz’s real job is to oversee the injured lists.

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  • RaydaSwagger

    Obviously.

  • DEATHROW 55

    We fd up we should of never let thomas howard walk, he is one of the fastest lb’s in the league I wonder why al let him go? He sure is way better than glassel, groves, sam will., blackstock. Does anybody know how much cincinnati paid him?

  • BigLefty

    Tricky70390 seems to be the only one that makes sense.

    SlowFa Tatupu
    K. Slowass Morrison will not help this team

    I feel bad for Goethel but remember he started last year on PUP because he had back surgery. He has not been a picture of health in his young career, or has he proved that he can be a serviceable LB in the NFL

    I wish him well

  • DEATHROW 55

    we should definately let our udfa chris francis play in these last 2 pre season games. He tears it up on college film and plays aggressive like mm34, he is short but so what lets exhaust all our options before we pick up left over old washed up lb”s.

  • dvrick

    # YoungAmerican Says:
    August 23rd, 2011 at 6:09 pm

    Gotta feel sorry for the kid. Second season in a row coaches want him to start and an injury gets in the way. He’s gotta be frustrated.
    ***********8 Greg Oden!!!

  • dvrick

    # raidertay Says:
    August 23rd, 2011 at 6:20 pm

    Next BABY Up!!

  • dvrick

    # Kirk Says:
    August 23rd, 2011 at 8:04 pm

    If I was Hue, I would not even play DMac this weekend. He’s too valuable to risk injury. Let Jones and Bennett and Rock run the ball.
    ——– HUE’S NOT THE COACH,HE HAS NO SAY!!!!!!!

  • dvrick

    # BeAlwaysUrselfCommittingtoExcellence2011 Says:
    August 23rd, 2011 at 7:27 pm

    You dumbass….Lofa understands how to play LB and is a natural playmaker……Groves does NOTHING….you see NOTHING you dumb son of a btch?
    —- Who’s the dumb ass,Lofa’s been injured 2 years in a row won’t make it 2 games!!!

  • CDERaider

    Bring Kirk back. He brings leadership and knows the defense and organization – he can compete with Groves to start at WLB and can be a good backup at all LB spots esp MLB. As for a better WLB, We might need to wait for the cuts to grab a younger, faster WLB cuz there’s nothing but FA crap out there now so stay with what you know – Kirk. Offer him vet min or close to it.

  • Raider J

    Bad break for Travis. He’s young enough to bounce back in due time.

    Chris Francis has a good opportunity to get into the rotation. He’s a bawl hawk. I’d like to see him do what he did at Baylor for the Raiders

  • dvrick

    # Raider J Says:
    August 24th, 2011 at 11:38 am

    Bad break for Travis. He’s young enough to bounce back in due time.

    Francis the talking mule has a good opportunity to get into the rotation. He’s a bawl hawk. I’d like to see him do what he did at Baylor for the Raiders

  • dvrick

    # DEATHROW 55 Says:
    August 24th, 2011 at 7:52 am

    We fd up we should of never let CABLE and thomas howard walk, he is one of the fastest lb’s in the league I wonder why al let him go? He sure is way better than glassel, groves, sam will., blackstock. Does anybody know is up with wierd AL?

  • dvrick

    bcz24 Says:
    August 23rd, 2011 at 6:21 pm

    @CorkOnTheNFL They should trade 4 A. Curry in Seattle. He’s on the outs up here. They renegotiated to make him FA at years end.

    Thats an interesting idea.
    ****************************

    Wonder if the Next SUPERBOWL CHAMPION SEAHAWKS would cut a deal. Give them NMiller, WMcFadden & Boyd for rights to Curry.

    ————————————————————————————————————–

    That might have worked if it weren’t for Cable being up there. He knows that’s some serious trash right there.

  • dvrick

    # Heart of Gold Says:
    August 23rd, 2011 at 8:23 pm

    146.ohioraider Says:
    August 23rd, 2011 at 8:05 pm
    Davis has got to do something about the coaching situation.

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    I got the feeling as Davis gets older he has hererra try and do some of the GM duties normally done by Al or a GM if he had one. herrera the GM is not a good thing. But who knows I could be wrong. When was the last time Al wasn’t a player in the FA market? He has always been big on that. But now he seems to draft better to some degree (jaruss exception) and seems to want to build from with in. Is hererra behind that? go figure. We’ll see what the davis/hererra connection can conjure up at the LB position.

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