The Oakland Raiders came out of Sunday’s win over the Baltimore Ravens with a pair of players with significant injuries.
According to Michael Wagaman of the Associated Press, Raiders head coach Jack Del Rio said Monday that tight end Lee Smith and linebacker Ben Heeney are both likely to be placed on injured reserve after being injured in Sunday’s 28-27 win.
“Both of those guys are likely to go (on IR),” Del Rio said. “As they finish the work that is done on those guy with our doctors and all the experts looking at it, if we determine that the time is such that we won’t be able to get them back they could in fact go down. It’s not officially done but it’s headed in that direction.”
Smith was injured while being tackled by Ravens cornerback Jimmy Smith in the second quarter. His right ankle caught in the turf and was wrenched sideways as he fell to the ground. He had to be helped off the field by Latavius Murray and Derek Carr.
Heeney suffered an ankle injury.
The Raiders are expected to use their one injured reserve/return designation on defensive end Mario Edwards. If they do so, both Smith and Heeney’s seasons will be over if placed on injured reserve.