Just when it looked like a much-needed bye week would give the Raiders a chance to reset from their alarming 1-5 start, the team has been hit with another obstacle: veteran running back Marshawn Lynch will reportedly miss “at least” a month with a groin strain.
Heach Coach John Gruden listed Lynch Tuesday among a group of eight injured teammates and said that he would undergo an MRI this week, with the results made public after the bye.
Though no official update has been given by the team, the NFL Network’s Ian Rapport reported Friday that Lynch will miss extended time and is likely to go on the Injured Reserve list, which would mean at least six weeks out.
Sources: #Raiders RB Marshawn Lynch is out at least a month because of a groin injury. Lynch had his MRI this week. Oakland is on a bye, but the bad news continues.
It’s not clear exactly when the 32-year-old Lynch sustained the injury, but he has been listed on injury reports multiple times this year with hip, shoulder, and abdomen injuries, as well as a groin injury in Week 1. He has not missed a game due to injury since joining the Raiders in 2017, and through 2018’s first six games, Lynch leads the team with 376 yards and three touchdowns in 90 attempts.
In his absence, expect fellow veteran Doug Martin, as well as DeAndre Washington and Jalen Richard, to see more playing time.
Marshawn Lynch through the years
Marshawn Lynch through the years
INGLEWOOD, CA - SEPTEMBER 02: NFL player Marshawn Lynch attends The Ultimate Fan Experience, Call Of Duty XP 2016 presented by Activision at The Forum on September 2, 2016 in Inglewood, California. (Photo by Randy Shropshire/Getty Images for Activision)
Nov 15, 2015; Seattle, WA, USA; Seattle Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch (24) rushes against the Arizona Cardinals during the fourth quarter at CenturyLink Field. Arizona defeated Seattle, 39-32. Mandatory Credit: Joe Nicholson-USA TODAY Sports
SEATTLE, WA - DECEMBER 04: Former Seattle Seahawk running back Marshawn Lynch speaks to players during a game against the Carolina Panthers at CenturyLink Field on December 4, 2016 in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images)
Seattle Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch wears a mask during warm-ups befire the start of the NFL Super Bowl XLIX football game against the New England Patriots in Glendale, Arizona, February 1, 2015. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson (UNITED STATES - Tags: SPORT FOOTBALL)
Jan 28, 2015; Phoenix, AZ, USA; Seattle Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch with reporters during the Seattle Seahawks press conference at Arizona Grand. Mandatory Credit: Peter Casey-USA TODAY Sports
Seattle Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch stands on sideline at their NFL Super Bowl XLVIII football practice in East Rutherford, New Jersey, January 30, 2014. The Seahawks will play against the Denver Broncos on February 2. REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton (UNITED STATES - Tags: SPORT FOOTBALL)
Seattle Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch (C) walks off the field at the MetLife Stadium during their NFL Super Bowl XLVIII walk- through in East Rutherford, New Jersey February 1, 2014. The Seahawks will play against the Denver Broncos in the game on February 2. REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton (UNITED STATES - Tags: SPORT FOOTBALL)
Seattle Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch keeps a low profile during Media Day for Super Bowl XLVIII at the Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey January 28, 2014. The Seahawks will go to the gridiron for their Super Bowl showdown against the Denver Broncos on February 2. REUTERS/Carlo Allegri (UNITED STATES - Tags: SPORT FOOTBALL)
Jan 19, 2014; Seattle, WA, USA; Seattle Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch (24) lands in the end zone to score a touchdown in the third quarter of the 2013 NFC Championship football game against the San Francisco 49ers at CenturyLink Field. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports