On Wednesday, December 22nd, 2021 the Las Vegas Raiders football team announced that their aggressive, sure – tackling, and hard – hitting strong safety, Johnathan Abram, suffered a serious left shoulder injury last week on Monday Night Football against the Cleveland Browns. It has been confirmed that the shoulder injury that Abram endured will require season – ending surgery in order to repair the damage that has been done to his left shoulder.
The Las Vegas Raiders did eventually win their Monday Night Football game versus the Cleveland Browns with a final score of 16 to 14. This victory for the Las Vegas Raiders helped keep their chances of making the 2021 – 2022 NFL Playoffs alive for now.
Replacing Johnathan Abram
Johnathan injured his left shoulder late in that game last week, and once he had to leave the contest Abram was replaced by Roderic Teamer at his standard strong safety position within the defensive unit of the Las Vegas Raiders. As long as Teamer is healthy and eligible to play football, he should be permanently replacing Abram for the remainder of the 2021 – 2022 NFL season.
Remaining Regular Season Games for the Las Vegas Raiders
The Las Vegas Raiders final 3 – games of the 2021 – 2022 NFL regular season are going to be against the 7 and 7 Denver Broncos, at the 8 and 6 Indianapolis Colts, and finally against the 8 and 6 Los Angeles Chargers. Currently the Las Vegas Raiders have compiled an overall record of 7 and 7 so far this year, and they are presently sitting in 3rd – place in the highly – competitive AFC West division of the NFL.
NFL Standings in the AFC West Division of the NFL
The Kansas City Chiefs are in 1st – place at 10 and 4, the Los Angeles Chargers are in 2nd – place with a record of 8 and 6, and the Denver Broncos are in last – place with a record of 7 and 7 as well, but the Las Vegas Raiders hold the tie – breaker against the Denver Broncos as of now.
Other Pieces of the Las Vegas Raiders Defensive Secondary that are Out Right Now
The Las Vegas Raiders also placed their cornerback Brandon Facyson on the reserve / COVID - 19 list on Wednesday, December 22nd, 2021 joining the other cornerback for the Las Vegas Raiders, Nate Hobbs. The L. V. Raiders also designated their cornerback Trayvon Mullen on the injured reserve Monday, December 20th, 2021.
The Oakland Raiders 2019 NFL Draft Selections
The 3rd of the then Oakland Raiders' 3 – 1st – round – picks from back in the 2019 NFL Draft Abram was taken with the 27th – overall pick right in back of the defensive end, Clelin Ferrell, who was taken with the 4th – overall selection, and at the running back position the Oakland Raiders decided on Josh Jacobs with the 24th – overall draft pick in the 2019 NFL Draft. Abram played only half of his rookie NFL season after he suffered a season - ending left shoulder injury during his initial debut in the National Football League.
Following a mostly down 2nd – season in the NFL, Abram greatly furthered his NFL career once the Raiders brought in their new defensive coordinator, Gus Bradley, and Johnathan began demonstrating his value as a safety by becoming a box safety that defended against the opposing offenses running game, but Abram continued to be a liability in deep pass coverage defensive schemes.
Abram, whose 116 - tackles ranks - 2nd on the Las Vegas Raiders during the 2021 – 2022 NFL season, and he is tied for 1st – place on the Las Vegas Raiders defense with 1 - interception, had yet to miss a snap this year prior to going down with his latest shoulder injury versus the Cleveland Browns with less than 8 - minutes of game time to play last Monday, December 20th, 2021. Hopefully for Abram and the Las Vegas Raiders he can return back to full strength by the start of next year’s 2022 – 2023 NFL season.
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“NFL Standings 2021”, espn.com, December 24, 2021.