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ALAMEDA – Usama Young was already the Raiders second option at strong safety. Tyvon Branch was Plan A, but he ended up on injured reserve after fracturing his foot in a Week 3 loss at New England.
Young played nearly every snap after Branch went out, partially due to a lack of depth at the position. That depth will now be tested.
Young suffered a knee injury during Sunday’s 24-13 loss to the Arizona Cardinals and had to be carted to the locker room after needing help to reach the sideline.
Sparano didn’t have a final diagnosis, but sounded pessimistic about Young’s prognosis.
“We’re still getting some information from the doctors,” he said in a postgame press conference. “It’s probably not a great situation.”
Serious knee injuries can be season ending. That would be a huge blow for the Raiders who have Brandian Ross and rookie Jonathan Dowling left on the depth chart. Ross struggled in a starting role last season and Dowling is considered a developmental prospect.