Raiders’ T.J. Carrie expected to miss some time
By Matthew Burks.
The Oakland Raiders already thin secondary just got even thinner during Sunday’s game against the Chicago Bears.
Defensive back, T.J. Carrie, left Sundays game after the first play of the second quarter with a chest injury. The injury still has yet to be specified, but whatever it is the Oakland Raiders can’t afford to lose him for to many games.
So far, Carrie has been the Raiders best cover corner this season. However, due to Nate Allens’ injury, Carrie has been playing safety for the past two weeks. His versatility and athleticism give him the ability to play both positions fairly well.
This Raiders secondary is very weak to say the least. Charles Woodson is still their best player in the secondary, but even as good as he has been playing, he isn’t the same player he once was.
T.J. Carrie has held his own in every game this season and losing him isn’t something the Raiders are prepared for. This thin secondary is only getting thinner and at this point in the season it is difficult to sign players capable of having an immediate impact.
Going into the offseason it was known that the secondary was an area of little experience and needed to be addressed. The Raiders however, failed to address it in free agency and didn’t even grab a defensive back in the draft until the seventh round.
A part of me believes the reason for this lack of key additions was because the Raiders believed that D.J. Hayden was going to step up this year and become the number one guy for this team. Unfortunately, Hayden hasn’t lived up to the expectations of being a first round draft pick and probably never will.
Carrie may not have been a legit number one corner, but he was the best one the Raiders had and now will have to go without for some time.
Del Rio was asked about Carrie’s timetable and said he was unsure as to when the corner will be ready to play again.
In a secondary that was already the weak link of this Raiders team, it appears they have gotten even worse with the loss of T.J.
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