Johnathan Abram’s rookie campaign is likely over already.
According to NFL Media, which cited unidentified sources, the Raiders safety will be placed on injured reserve after suffering a torn labrum and rotator cuff in Monday’s 24-16 win over the Broncos.
The report noted Abram is headed for surgery that is expected to end his season.
Abram sustained the injury in the first quarter of the season-opening game but was still able to play 77 percent of Oakland’s snaps after getting hurt.
The 22-year-old Mississippi State product developed a reputation for his big hits and was a first-round pick in the 2019 NFL Draft. He made five tackles and broke up one pass in his NFL debut.
Coach Jon Gruden told reporters after the game that Abram can improve in certain areas.
“I think he probably got a little bit too reckless at times,” Gruden said of Abram’s performance. “Made some great plays, some impact plays… I think some tackles he’s gotta make for us — he missed. His debut was pretty good.”
The setback will create a defensive challenge for the Raiders as they prepare to host the Chiefs at 4:05 p.m. ET Sunday.