Raiders Lose LaMarr Woodley For Season
The Oakland Raiders have had a rough go of it through their first six games. Entering week eight, they’ll still be searching for their first win after a tough 0-6 start. They’ll have to do it without a big name on the defensive side of the football.
Per reports, defensive end LaMarr Woodley has been lost for the remainder of the season due to a torn biceps.
Big name, small impact
Despite carrying a big name and big expectations following a mostly successful career with the Pittsburgh Steelers, Woodley was mostly a non-factor in his first six games with the silver and black. In fact, Woodly registered just five total tackles and was unable to record a single sack on the year.
Woodley’s inability to make an impact is only mildly surprising, as some felt there was good reason the Steelers so quickly moved on from the 29-year old pass-rushing specialist. While Woodley had once been one of the league’s best pass rushers with at least nine sacks in four straight seasons from 2008 to 2011, he had struggled with health and consistency over his last two years in Pittsburgh.
During those last two seasons with the Steelers, Woodley didn’t come close to his yearly success he had grown accustomed to, as he managed just nine total sacks and missed eight total games.
While Woodley was a big name, he doesn’t appear to be someone that should be all that difficult to replace in Oakland. It does put added pressure on Oakland’s other aging defensive linemen, however, as more will be asked out of both Antonio Smith and Justin Tuck. The Raiders could also potentially call on defensive tackle Stacey McGee to help their defensive line, or the team could even look to the open market for some extra help.
As their d-line currently stands, the team doesn’t really have enough bodies that have the size and talent to be effective pass rushers from the outside of their 4-3. This would be fairly concerning for a normal team, but a winless Raiders team may have bigger fish to fry.
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