Las Vegas Raiders’ cornerback Damon Arnette has reportedly suffered a broken thumb.
Las Vegas Raiders‘ first-round pick Damon Arnette has been one of the brightest stars from training camp this summer. Unfortunately, a recent injury update could spell trouble for his immediate future.
As first reported by NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport, Arnette recently suffered a broken thumb that requires a soft cast. Fellow NFL Network reporter Mike Garafolo later followed this up stating that it’s been affecting Arnette’s ability to jam receivers at the line of scrimmage.
This is undoubtedly a significant blow to a rookie who had been playing so well throughout camp.
Now, it’s unclear what the extend of his injury is and it isn’t known if Arnette will even miss any practice time. But it is still something worth monitoring.
The Raiders don’t seem too concerned with Damon Arnette’s injury.
For the record, Vic Tafur of The Athletic offered up some words of optimism insisting that Arnette has been wrapped up for “a while” now and that it hasn’t caused him to miss any practice time yet.
He also indicated that if the Raiders thought that the injury was serious, they likely wouldn’t have released veteran Prince Amukamara as they did a few days ago.
What’s also encouraging is the fact that Arnette played through a broken bone in his wrist last season at Ohio State and spent the majority of the year in a cast. Nonetheless, his tape was still impressive enough for the Raiders to select him in the first round of the 2020 NFL Draft.
And that selection was a controversial one with many questioning the Raiders’ decision to select him 19th overall after a poor showing at the NFL Combine and given his age (now 24-years-old).
Still, Arnette has been proving his doubters wrong with an excellent training camp thus far — one of the main reasons the team felt comfortable moving on from Amukamara.
Given that Arnette has experience playing through a similar injury and that others have played through broken fingers in the past, it’s fair to assume that he’ll be ready to go for Week 1.
Nonetheless, his status is certainly worth monitoring moving forward as we near the start of the 2020 regular season.