Abram (shoulder) was placed on injured reserve Friday. Abram underwent surgery to repair a torn labrum and rotator cuff in his shoulder. The rookie was selected 27th overall by the Raiders in this year's draft and was able to record five total tackles in their season opener against Denver. It's unclear whether Abram will be able to recover in time to return this season.
Abram is expected to undergo surgery this week to address a torn labrum and rotator cuff in his shoulder and could miss the rest of the season, Adam Lefkoe of Bleacher Report reports. Abram apparently sustained the injury during the first quarter of Monday's win over the Broncos, though he still played 49 of 64 defensive snaps and had five tackles. Per Josina Anderson of ESPN, the rookie first-round pick will seek a second opinion before potentially being placed on injured reserve.
The Raiders selected Abram in the first round of the 2019 NFL Draft, 27th overall. The selection seems to herald the imminent exit of 2016 first-rounder Karl Joseph, as the Raiders otherwise signed Lamarcus Joyner at safety earlier this offseason. If the Raiders can't trade Joseph and then don't commit to cutting him then it might be tough for Abram to establish himself as a three-down player right off the bat, but that eventual outcome is clearly what Oakland has in mind. Whenever he does step into a full-time role Abram projects as a potential impact player, including as an IDP. He was a leading contributor on what was a ruthless Mississippi State defense the last two years, and his 4.45-second 40-yard dash provides some optimism for his coverage projection. He generally looks like more of a strong safety fit for Oakland given the Joyner signing, and between the two he should find more tackle opportunities, at least on a per-snap basis.
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