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Raiders LB Neiron Ball knee injury expected to keep him out about a month

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Just when Neiron Ball was making his move on being an NFL starting linebacker, he was tripped up. In the second quarter of last Sunday's game Ball left with an apparent knee injury and didn't return. He was in the locker room and wasn't on crutches or otherwise, but was walking very gingerly.

When he left the game, the announcement was made fairly quickly that he was out. Often times if the injury is not severe, the initial announcement will be that he is questionable to return. Getting the "Out" diagnosis so quickly is never a good sign.

Ball received an MRI on his knee Monday and it revealed he has a strain which according to Reggie McKenzie is similar to the one that Benson Mayowa suffered late in the preseason that had him out for the first month of the season.

This is somewhat of good news being that he won't be shut down for the remainder of the season. The Raiders have ten games left on the schedule and sitting at 3-3, they could use Ball down the stretch as he was proving to be the answer to the Raiders issues covering the tight end this season.

With depth now a concern, the Raiders worked out two linebackers today.