The Raiders have been a surprise this season, starting the year 4-3 and giving the Steelers all they could handle Sunday. They’ve been getting it done with a strong defense and a balanced attack, and Latavius Murray has been the man on the ground for Oakland.
But in the second half of Sunday’s meeting with Pittsburgh, Murray took a brutal helmet-to-helmet hit on one of his carries. He went to the ground and fumbled, and eventually headed to the locker room to undergo concussion protocol.
If Murray doesn’t return, his role will be filled by a combination of Marcel Reese and Taiwan Jones. Jones is an explosive player who had a big touchdown run last week, while Reece is a more balanced option for different situations. Oakland was steadily increasing Jones’ carries before the injury, so it wouldn’t be a surprise if he started next week should Murray need time.
This would be Murray’s first concussion this season, but not his first in the NFL. Last year against the Chiefs Murray opened the game open with a 90-yard touchdown run, but sat the second half and missed the Raiders next game.