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Report: Raiders down another safety, lose Usama Young for season

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Thearon W. Henderson

More bad news at the safety position for the Raiders as Usama Young is lost for the season with a torn ACL and MCL according to sources close to ESPN's Bill Williamson.

Young went down on Sunday against the Cardinals and after being helped to the sideline by trainers, was carted into the locker room. I asked Tony Sparano following the game about Young's injury, to which he said he didn't have an update but that it was "probably not a great situation."

The news of Young's departure is a blow to the Raiders safety group. He was the replacement for Tyvon Branch who was lost to a broken foot in the second week of the season. Taking Young's place in the lineup was Brandian Ross who started in place of Branch last season when he was (again) lost for the season in week two.

Ross was rated as the worst safety in the NFL much of the season last year. He didn't make the Raiders roster this season but with the injury to Branch, was signed back as depth prior to the team's week four game against the Dolphins in London.

The only other safeties on the team are 38-year-old Charles Woodson and rookie seventh round pick Jonathan Dowling. So, look for the Raiders to add someone this week