Just days after receiver Antonio Brown orchestrated his exit from Oakland, the Raiders were handed more bad news. Following their Week 1 win over the Denver Broncos, rookie safety Johnathan Abram was diagnosed with a torn rotator cuff and labrum, effectively ending his season.
While the 27th overall pick's rookie campaign has reached an early conclusion, Raiders fans can admire his toughness. Quarterback Derek Carr revealed on Wednesday that after Abram injured his shoulder, he resorted to using his other one to hit the Broncos opposition.
Given the severity of a torn shoulder, Abram showcased to the world that he's one tough dude.
Abram plays the safety position in such an old school way, in that he lowers the boomstick and goes for the huge hit on the ball carrier. The playstyle comes with its positives and negatives, as evidenced by his shoulder injury.
While his 2019 season is over after just one game, Johnathan Abram provided Raiders fans reason for excitement, at a time in which it seemed particularly hard to get a grip of any optimism.
He will be one of the foundations of the defense for years to come, as the Raiders transition to their new home in Las Vegas in 2020. And with his bulldog mentality, there's no one Raider Nation would rather have manning the secondary.