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FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -– Rod Streater took a hard fall and tried to get back up. It was a no go. The Raiders receiver went back to the Gillette Stadium turf, eventually walking off under his own power.
After the game, Streater was wearing a boot and using crutches. Those were bad indications of a serious injury.
Head coach Dennis Allen confirmed Streater suffered a fractured foot, and he wasn’t the only one. Strong safety Tyvon Branch suffered a similar injury in the second half of Sunday’s 16-9 loss to the New England Patriots.
He was carted off the sideline and with his second seemingly serious injury in as many years. He missed 14 games with a fractured fibula.
While it's uncertain how long each player will be out or whether either one will require surgery, these injuries generally have long recovery periods. Cornerback DJ Hayden, for example, suffered a stress fracture and missed nine weeks before being placed on the physically unable to perform list.
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Losing those players for any significant stretch will hurt the Silver and Black. It certainly did in the second half.
“That cost us a bit later in the game,” Allen said. “It took us out of some things we wanted to do. (Playing without Streater and Branch) is something we will have to look at as we move forward and see where we’re at.”