Sinking Raiders take more hits
By Steve Corkran, CONTRA COSTA TIMES
ALAMEDA - The Raiders lost their fourth straight game Sunday. They learned Monday that they lost quite a bit more than the game against the New Orleans Saints.
Starting left guard Frank Middleton and kick returner Carlos Francis sustained injuries serious enough to require surgery and end their seasons, coach Norv Turner said Monday at his weekly news conference.
Middleton's season ended with a torn left quadriceps muscle. Francis' rookie season got cut short as a result of a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee.
Middleton said in a conference call that he tore the muscle off the kneecap area and that, "It felt like my whole leg caught on fire."
He got hurt midway through the first quarter when Saints defensive tackle Howard Green slammed into Middleton's right side on a passing play. Middleton's left leg buckled in an awkward manner, and he lay on the ground for several minutes.
Medical personnel carted Middleton off the field, and he didn't return to the game. He said he expects to be out four to six months but is confident he can resume his career next season.
Chad Slaughter filled in for Middleton on Sunday. However, the expected return of right guard Ron Stone this week would
This kind of preformance isn't helping us. Especially going into a game against the Chargers this week. We have been slacking after the loss to Houston and it is diminishing our hopes of the playoffs after ever loss. Another problem, that we can't control, is injuries. We got plagued with them during the last game. It is hurting us this year and its making it harder and harder for the fans and from what I can tell, the team to get out of this slump. Lets forget about our injuries and play some good ole fashion football! We have the Chargers and the Panthers, who have been down on themselves this season. We have to step it up to win so let's get it going Raiders!