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ALAMEDA -- Raiders strong safety Usama Young is done for the season after tearing the ACL and MCL in his knee, per an NFL source with knowledge of the situation.
Young got hurt in the third quarter of Sunday’s 24-13 loss to the Arizona Cardinals and was helped off the field and carted from the sideline -- a sign of major trouble confirmed by a Monday MRI. He will have knee surgery soon, though an exact date has not been set. Recovery can take a full year, though it could vary some.
Young will be placed on injured reserve in the coming days. He also finished last season on injured reserve with a neck injury.
Losing Young is a severe blow to the Raiders secondary, which already lost Tyvon Branch to a fractured foot in Week 3. Young filled in admirably, playing nearly every snap after Branch went down.
The Raiders brought Brandian Ross back in Week 4 after releasing him at the final preseason cut, and he will take over as starting strong safety. He made 13 starts when Branch went to injured reserve last season.
ESPN's Bill Williamson was the first to report the news.