The Oakland Raiders feared they would be without starting safety Tyvon Branch after he was helped off the field in last week's win against the Jacksonville Jaguars. Branch suffered a leg injury and will be out for Monday's game against the Denver Broncos. It is unknown how significant the injury is and how long Branch could remain out.
Along with Branch, tight end David Ausberry is still healing from a shoulder injury suffered in preseason and will miss the game. Tackle Menelik Watson will also be out with a knee injury that has sidelined him all three regular season games. Guard Lucas Nix, who left last week with an ankle injury, has a chance to play, but the team will start guard Andre Gurode.
In the absence of Branch, the Raiders will turn to Brandian Ross to occupy his spot, with Usama Young also seeing the field at safety. Both players contributed last week with Young recording 1.5 sacks and Ross adding another. The Raiders will rotate Young and Ross with Charles Woodson, but Ross will get the first chance in the starting line-up.
“He’s gotten most of the reps,” head coach Dennis Allen said of Ross. “Usama [Young] will play in the game, but it looks like we’ll go with Ross to take Tyvon [Branch’s] spot.”
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