Monday, just hours after the team traded Amari Cooper to Dallas, they sent another of their top offensive weapons away. The team has officially placed Marshawn Lynch on injured reserve, mostly likely ending his 2018 season and perhaps more than that.
Marshawn suffered a groin injury in the team’s loss to the Seahawks in London last Sunday. After the game, Jon Gruden said they were concerned about the groin and a few days ago it was said that he would miss a month. Now he will miss at least eight weeks and perhaps the entire season.
Lynch will be eligible to return for the final two games of the season should he be healthy and wish to suit up again this season. In what is looking like a lost season after a 1-5 season and the team purging itself of talented players, a return would likely be just for the pageantry of it.
The 32-year-old back is in the final year of a two-year deal he signed with the Raiders prior to last season after coming out of retirement. He has looked really good this season, putting up 376 yards and 3 touchdowns while averaging 4.2 yards per carry. He was on pace to have a 1000-yard season, making it disappointing to see it end this way.
He will be 33 next April. He came back to play for his hometown Raiders, which would suggest that would be the only team he’d be unlikely to want to sign anywhere else once his deal is up. So, barring a ceremonial return late this season to say a proper farewell to the fans in Oakland, he may have played his last game as an NFL player.