Like I said just a few days ago, the theme for this season in Oakland is good news/bad news. Today the Raiders got good news as Jason Campbell returned to practice just days after leaving the Battle of the Bay with a head injury. The bad news is that Travis Goethel could be gone for the season.
In what Hue Jackson has described as a “freak” accident Goethel suffered a torn knee ligament on Monday. What makes this injury so freakish is that it occurred without any contact. Just one of those things I suppose. Very Chaz Schilens-esque.
Goethel was expected to be a valuable and versatile contributor on defense. Many, such as myself, even thought he might unseat Quintin Groves at weak side linebacker.
While the Raiders still have other options on the roster to step in for Goethel there is still a very real possibility the team will look to acquire another linebacker on the free agent market. The names of Lofa Tatupu and Kirk Morrison have made the rounds recently. No telling what the next move will be.
For Goethel this is yet another setback for the former Arizona State Sun Devil. As a rookie he impressed enough to earn an expanded role including making his way into the starting lineup at one point. Goethel’s first NFL season was cut short no thanks to a back injury and now today’s news only furthers his frustrations.