Raiders defensive end LaMarr Woodley suffered a torn bicep on Sunday and his season is likely over, a source tells Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network (on Twitter). Even though the 0-6 Raiders probably aren’t playing for much this season, it’s still disheartening news for a team that has been down on its luck.
Oakland signed the soon-to-be 30-year-old to a two-year deal worth a potential $12MM over the offseason. The longtime Steeler was asked to adjust to a 4-3 scheme after playing in a 3-4 defense in Pittsburgh and seemed excited about the challenge.
Woodley is no stranger to the disabled list as he missed a total of 14 games from 2011-2013 but still amassed 18 sacks during that span. The three years prior to that were Woodley’s absolute best as he recorded 34.5 sacks and established himself as one of the most nightmare-inducing players for NFL quarterbacks.
Once the Raiders place Woodley on injured reserve, they’ll probably look to make an addition at defensive end. Woodley’s $3.85MM base salary for 2015 is non-guaranteed and he’ll earn an additional $1.5MM in roster bonuses if he remains with the team.