Raiders' Branch Out Indefinitely With Ankle Injury
By Bess Shapiro
The Oakland Raiders have lost one of their most potent weapons to injury, perhaps for the season. Strong safety Tyvon Branch, 26, went down in the first quarter of Sunday’s game against the Jacksonville Jaguars. ESPN’s NFL Insider Adam Schefter is reporting that Branch is out “indefinitely” with “what is believed to be a fractured fibula,” according to an NFL source.
Branch, 26, was favoring his left ankle as he was helped off the field. At a postgame press conference, Raiders coach Dennis Allen said the injury to his right ankle “looked to be significant.”
In his sixth season with the Raiders, Branch has recorded 446 tackles, three forced fumbles and four interceptions. This season Branch has five combined tackles and a sack. He was injured when he was rushing Jaguars quarterback Chad Henne.
Branch’s injury is a significant blow to the Raiders, as he is just one of two returning starters on defense. FS Usama Young and SS Brandian Ross came in to the game to replace Branch. The Raiders (1-1) won the game, 19-9.