Raiders get bad news on foot injury to safety Karl Joseph

Karl Joseph, who made the final defensive play in wins by the Raiders over Chargers and Lions, could miss rest of season

  • OAKLAND, CA – NOVEMBER 7: Oakland Raiders safety Karl Joseph (42) makes an interception on a pass intended for Los Angeles Chargers wide receiver Keenan Allen (13), ending the Chargers chances for taking the lead, in the fourth quarter of their NFL football game at the Coliseum in Oakland, Calif., on Thursday, Nov. 7, 2019. (Doug Duran/Bay Area News Group)

  • Oakland Raiders safety Karl Joseph (42) takes to the field during team introductions before the start of their NFL football game against the Los Angeles Chargers at the Coliseum in Oakland, Calif., on Thursday, Nov. 7, 2019. (Doug Duran/Bay Area News Group)

  • OAKLAND, CA – NOVEMBER 7: Oakland Raiders safety Karl Joseph (42) makes an interception on a pass intended for Los Angeles Chargers wide receiver Keenan Allen (13), ending the Chargers drive for the lead, in the fourth quarter of their NFL football game at the Coliseum in Oakland, Calif., on Thursday, Nov. 7, 2019. (Doug Duran/Bay Area News Group)

  • Oakland Raiders quarterback Derek Carr (4) celebrates after Oakland Raiders safety Karl Joseph (42) made an interception on a pass intended for Los Angeles Chargers wide receiver Keenan Allen (13), ending the Chargers chances for taking the lead, in the fourth quarter of their NFL football game at the Coliseum in Oakland, Calif., on Thursday, Nov. 7, 2019. (Doug Duran/Bay Area News Group)

  • Oakland Raiders free safety Karl Joseph (42) before an NFL football game against the Indianapolis Colts in Indianapolis, Sunday, Sept. 29, 2019. (AP Photo/AJ Mast)

  • HOUSTON, TEXAS – OCTOBER 27: Darren Fells #87 of the Houston Texans is tackled by his face mask by Karl Joseph #42 of the Oakland Raiders during the first half at NRG Stadium on October 27, 2019 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images)

  • MINNEAPOLIS, MINNESOTA – SEPTEMBER 22: Karl Joseph #42 of the Oakland Raiders tackles Irv Smith #84 of the Minnesota Vikings during the first quarter of the game at U.S. Bank Stadium on September 22, 2019 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. (Photo by Hannah Foslien/Getty Images)

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ALAMEDA — The Raiders got bad news Friday regarding Karl Joseph, the safety who made game-ending plays in each of their last two wins.

Joseph intercepted a fourth-down pass from the Chargers’ Philip Rivers intended for Keenan Allen Thursday night, coming down in a heap before being mobbed by teammates. He spoke to reporters afterward, but appeared to be in discomfort and was spotted leaving the locker room on crutches.

A team source said the foot injury was substantial and it’s possible Joseph could miss the rest of the season.

A fourth-year safety, Joseph also broke up a Matt Stafford pass in the end zone intended for Logan Thomas on the final play of a 31-24 win over the Detroit Lions.

Slot corner Lamarcus Joyner, who appeared to pull a muscle two plays before Joseph’s interception, is no lock to play against Cincinnati and will be “week to week” according to a source.

Scheduled for unrestricted free agency following the season, Joseph is the Raiders second-leading tackler behind Tahir Whitehead. He has played every defensive snap in each of the last six games, starting with a Week 4 win over the Indianapolis Colts.

With Joseph and potentially Joyner sidelined for the Raiders next game Nov. 17 against the Cincinnati Bengals, they’ve agreed to terms with veteran safety D.J. Swearinger, as first reported by The Athletic. It could mean a shift in responsibilities for Daryl Worley, has the ability to play in the slot and could assume Joyner’s role or that of Joseph depending on the package.

Other safeties on the roster include Curtis Riley, who has played sparingly since struggling as a starter in a Week 3 loss to Minnesota, and Dallin Leavitt, whose playing time has been exclusively on special teams.

Last week when Worley’s availability was in question with an ankle injury, the Raiders tried out Swearinger and Treston DeCoud, but signed neither.

In his eighth year out of South Carolina, Swearinger started the first four games of the season for the Arizona Cardinals this season but was released after having difficulties in pass coverage. He has played for Houston, Tampa Bay and started 31 games in 2017 and 2018 for Gruden’s brother Jay with Washington.

Swearinger has 14 career interceptions.


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