The Oakland Raiders will be without one of their best defensive players for a while after safety Tyvon Branch suffered a “significant” ankle injury against the Jaguars on Sunday afternoon.
According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, the Raiders fear that Branch has a fractured fibula and will be out indefinitely.
The veteran safety suffered the injury in the first quarter in pass coverage, and had to be helped off the field. After being examined by the medical staff, he was ruled out for the rest of the game.
When asked about Branch’s injury afterwards, head coach Dennis Allen said it was “significant” and “we’ll know more tomorrow.”
If the injury is indeed serious and the reports are accurate, this will be a huge loss for the Raiders. Branch is the longest-tenured player on the Raiders’ defense, having spent the past five seasons with the Silver and Black. Last season, he appeared in 14 games and recorded 94 tackles and an interception.
However, the Raiders do have depth at safety, with Brandian Ross and Usama Young able to fill in.
“We’ve said from the very beginning that we feel good about our safeties and our depth at the position,” said Allen. “We have some quality players there, and when one guy goes down, another one has to step up.”