The Oakland Raiders are currently playing without top cornerback Sean Smith in their game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. He left the contest in the first half with a shoulder injury and the Raiders are officially declaring his return as questionable.
The injury happened just two plays into the Raiders Week Eight game after Smith defended a pass intended for Bucs’ wide receiver Cecil Shorts. As both players were falling to the ground, Shorts fell onto the arm of Smith and his shoulder got awkwardly twisted.
Immediately after the play, Smith was in noticeable pain and he stayed on the ground wincing in agony while holding his left shoulder. Trainers evaluated him on the sidelines and he quickly returned to the locker room. At this point, the game is entering the second half and he still has not returned, so his return to the game against Tampa Bay is highly unlikely.
If Smith were lost for an extended period of time, it would be devastating to the Raiders’ defense. He was the team’s top free agent acquisition this offseason and has been their best cornerback since joining the team. Through the first seven weeks he currently is tied for the team lead with two interceptions this year.
With Smith out, former first-round pick D.J. Hayden will take over the starting outside cornerback spot with T.J. Carrie then running the nickel cornerback position.