|Raiders backup inside linebacker Travis Goethel suffered a season-ending knee injury in the loss to the Ravens on Sunday. (US Presswire)|
Raiders backup inside linebacker Travis Goethel suffered a season-ending ACL injury to his left knee Sunday at Baltimore and will be placed on injured reserve, Raiders coach Dennis Allen said Monday. Goethel missed the 2011 season after suffering an injury during training camp.
Allen said the Raiders could fill Goethel's roster spot with a position at any position but that they plan to look at linebackers. One option would be Kaelin Burnett, who's on the practice squad, although he's an outside linebacker. Rookie Nathan Stupar, a seventh-round draft pick who was cut late in camp, is a free agent.
Injury updates: Starting running back Darren McFadden and backup Mike Goodson missed Sunday's game with high-ankle sprains and are still in walking boots, and Allen said he doesn't know if they'll be able to play Sunday against New Orleans. What's more, defensive tackle Richard Seymour could miss a second week with hamstring injury.
"McFadden and Goodson, with the ankles, are still kind of in the same situation, as well as Seymour with the hamstring," Allen said. "We'll see where they're at as we go throughout the week."
Strong safety Tyvon Branch "injured his neck a little bit" against Baltimore, Allen said. "I'm not sure of the extent of the injury. We're doing some more tests to really see where he is."
Starting cornerback Michael Huff injured a calf, but Allen said he expects him to be able to play this week.
Starting TE Brandon Myers and FS Matt Giordano are "going through the concussion protocol" after being injured Sunday. "So we'll basically let the medical people handle that and see where they're at," Allen said.
Comeback trail: Allen hinted strongly that starting right tackle Khalif Barnes will return to action and to the starting lineup this week. Barnes returned to practice last week after missing six games with a groin injury but was inactive Sunday. Willie Smith started his seventh straight game at right tackle.
"I anticipate getting Khalif really going this week," Allen said. "He had a good week of practice last week, had another day of good work with the trainers today, so we're going to be ready to get him going."
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