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ALAMEDA –Raiders defensive end LaMarr Woodley suffered a biceps tear during Sunday’s loss to the Arizona Cardinals, according to a source with knowledge of the situation.
NFL Network is reporting that Woodley’s season could be over. His formal recovery timetable is not known at this time.
Raiders interim head coach Tony Sparano, never forthcoming about injuries, said on Wednesday that Woodley’s injury “could be” serious but did not elaborate.
Woodley signed a two-year, $10.35 million contract this offseason and was expected to add punch to the Raiders pass rush. That hasn’t happened.
Woodley has had limited effectiveness this season, with five tackles in six games and no sacks. He has played significant snaps in each game. He played just 28 defensive snaps against Arizona due to his injury.
Benson Mayowa played 34 snaps in Woodley’s stead. He and C.J. Wilson would also be part of a rotation that would absorb Woodley’s workload.
Woodley’s loss is the second major blow for the Raiders defense within a week. Strong safety Usama Young was lost for the season after suffering torn knee ligament against the Cardinals.