The Raiders have yet to make it official but the season could be over for Hiram Eugene. At least that is what most speculate after the safety underwent surgery on Saturday to help repair a dislocated hip.
Losing Eugene is certain. The only issue up in the air is how much time he’ll miss. Oakland’s young secondary is currently going through the growing pains of adjusting to the NFL. Without Eugene the Raiders are minus one of their more valued veterans.
Having signed a four-year deal prior to the lockout the former undrafted free agent had finally found some semblance of security in the NFL. Now it looks as if he’ll earn the first $2-million of that deal rehabbing.
The immediate concern will be finding a way to ensure there is enough help in the defensive backfield. Should the Raiders deem their current players inadequate to back Michael Huff and Tyvon Branch there is little to no help to be found in the free agency market. Eugene isn’t an All-Pro but he is versatile, rangy and is also a valued special teams contributor.