The roller coaster season for the Oakland Raiders keeps rolling along. It seems like each day there is some sort of good news offset by the announcement of bad news. Yesterday the Raiders acquired Carson Palmer mere days after losing Jason Campbell. Today Palmer was officially placed on the Raiders’ roster. Making way for Palmer on the 53-man is Matt Shaughnessy who has been shutdown for the balance of the season.
Shaughnessy’s shoulder issue wasn’t looking likely to improve as just two weeks ago Hue Jackson said he was “a ways away” from coming back. That proved to be an understatement as Oakland placed the man poised to breakout in 2011 on IR.
There were plenty of high hopes for Shaughnessy this season. Many saw a Pro Bowl in his near future as he’s steadily improved each year he’s been in the league. Known primarily as a pass rusher, Shaughnessy has slowly become a reliable run stopper on the edge as well.
While the Raiders haven’t seemed to miss his presence too much during the last two wins this is a major blow none the less.
The defensive line was regarded as one of the best in the business prior to the season’s start. Since then there have been plenty of up and down performances yet in recent weeks the line has looked as dominant as ever. The irony of Shaughnessy’s injury is that it has allowed Trevor Scott to step up in an expanded role now that he too has recovered from an injury that ended his season prematurely last year.
Hopefully Shaughnessy’s road to recovery will be smooth. The Raiders are banking on Shaughnessy and Lamarr Houston to be their pillars on the end of the line for the foreseeable future.