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Potential loss of TJ Carrie to injury "concerning" for Raiders

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This season TJ Carrie has been extremely valuable to this Raiders team. He was their best cornerback over the first two games of the season, and has played at safety the past two weeks with the loss of Nate Allen to an MCL injury. Carrie has also been performing is regular punt return duties as he did last season. That ended on the first play of the second quarter when he left with a chest injury and didn't return.

Without Carrie in the lineup, the already porous Raiders defense was unable to consistently stop Jay Cutler and ultimately gave up the Bears' game-winning drive for a field goal to end it. They also got hardly anything in the return game.

Contributing to the return game not being up to snuff was Taiwan Jones' absence. He didn't play in the game as he was inactive with a foot injury. He was also unavailable at the running back spot.

"It's concerning to have both those guys unavailable right now," Jack Del Rio said Monday. "Hopefully, that cleans up as we approach Wednesday and start preparing for Denver."

Del Rio went on to say he doesn't know how serious Carrie's injury is and his status long term. One this is certain, the Raiders can't afford to lose him for any amount of time. They had already moved him to safety due to a lack of better options and Allen is not eligible to return from partial season IR until week 10.