Raiders defensive end Justin Tuck could be out an extended period of time with a pectoral injury.
NFL.com’s Ian Rapoport reported the Raiders fear internally that Tuck might have a torn pectoral. The veteran lineman continues to undergo tests and should be sidelined multiple weeks at the least. He sustained the injury during the fourth quarter of Sunday’s loss to the Broncos.
Raiders coach Jack Del Rio told reporters the MRI results on Tuck were “not good,” but declined to prognosticate on his eventual return to the field. The team already used its injured reserve with designation to return spot on safety Nate Allen.
Tuck, 32, is known as one of the NFL’s best run-stopping defensive ends and has provided stability to a young Oakland defense. Second-round pick Mario Edwards Jr. will likely inherit some of Tuck’s playing time.
Oakland (2–3) has a bye this week and next plays Oct. 25 in San Diego.
- Jeremy Woo