Raiders injury notes: Marshawn Lynch's groin strain causing Gruden some concern


ALAMEDA – The Raiders injury list grew significantly during their disastrous loss to the Seattle Seahawks.

Several joined the group of walking wounded, including concussed receivers Amari Cooper and Seth Roberts.

Jon Gruden added another prominent name to the list during his Tuesday press conference.

Running back Marshawn Lynch.

Gruden said Lynch’s groin strain is “cause for concern,” though it’s uncertain how much time the veteran rusher would miss. Gruden said he would offer an update on Lynch and other ailing Raiders next week.

It’s bad news for the Raiders if he misses any time at all. He’s their steadiest offensive player and their clear feature back.

Lynch will be evaluated further, likely with an MRI, in the near future.

“We’re concerned about him, but we’re also hopeful that we can continue to use him,” Gruden said. “We’ll let you know next week.”

That last comment sounded somewhat ominous, so Gruden was asked again whether Lynch’s injury could be considered long-term.

He backed off making predictions over a possible Lynch absence until he knows more, but…

“Anytime a man like this is sore,” Gruden said, “I’m concerned.”

Other Raiders injury notes

-- WRs Amari Cooper and Seth Roberts remain in the concussion protocol.

-- S Karl Joseph (hamstring) was close to playing against Seattle. The Raiders hope to have him back after the bye week.

-- QB Derek Carr (shoulder/arm) is sore but should be okay, as the quarterback himself said after Sunday’s game.

-- There’s a chance OG Jon Feliciano (ribs) returns after the bye week.

-- LG Kelechi Osemele is making progress recovering from a knee sprain, but it’s uncertain if he’ll be ready to go after the bye week.

-- DE Frostee Rucker (neck) should be back to face Indianapolis in the Raiders’ next game.

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