Raiders could be down 2 starters on defense

Sep 19, 2014 5:50 PM

ALAMEDA, Calif. (AP) - Already staggering from back-to-back poor performances, the Oakland Raiders will likely be without two of their starting linebackers for Sunday's game in New England.

Middle linebacker Nick Roach is still recovering from a concussion he suffered during the preseason and has only recently returned to practice on a limited basis. Roach, who played every defensive snap in 2013, has yet to be cleared through the NFL's protocol for concussions and is questionable to play against the Patriots.

Outside linebacker Sio Moore has already been ruled out because of an ankle injury suffered in last week's loss to Houston.

The Raiders own the NFL's worst run defense despite adding several key free agents in the offseason. They've given up 400 yards on the ground, with breakdowns coming across the board.

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