The Raiders’ last defensive stand against the Chargers was a costly one. With 30 seconds left, slot cornerback Lamarcus Joyner limped off the field after appearing to injure his right leg in coverage. Two plays later, safety Karl Joseph suffered a season-ending foot injury in making the interception that sealed a 26-24 win last Thursday night. It has left the Raiders, 5-4 and a half-game back of first place in the AFC West, rearranging parts in their secondary. On Saturday, the Raiders signed safety D.J. Swearinger and placed Joseph on injured reserve. Joyner, meanwhile, did not practice Monday due to a hamstring injury and will likely be questionable for the upcoming game against the Bengals, head coach Jon Gruden said. Gruden named Daryl Worley, the Raiders’ top outside cornerback, and Nevin Lawson, who has played 49 defensive snaps this season, as capable of playing slot corner if Joyner is unavailable. In that scenario, rookie Isaiah Johnson, who played one snap in his debut Thursday, could have a larger role. “You’ve already lost your middle linebacker, now you lose your second safety and your nickel corner potentially,” Gruden said. “It’s tough.” For Joseph, who said Monday his injury happened “as soon… Read full this story
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