ALAMEDA, CA - For all the focus last season on how running Darren McFadden's season-ending foot injury hampered the Oakland offense, a more overlooked injury had the similar effect on the Raiders defense.
Oakland never adequately replaced defensive end Matt Shaughnessy after a season-ending shoulder injury in the third game of the season, making his return to the practice field on Tuesday a welcome event.
Defensive tackle Richard Seymour calls Shaughnessy the best run-stopping defensive end in the NFL. The Raiders allowed a franchise-worst 5.1 yards per carry last year as the defense struggled all season, a major reason the team missed the playoffs for a ninth straight season.
The Associated Press