Aug. 23, 2011
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Raiders linebacker Travis Goethel is expected to miss the entire 2011 season after tearing a ligament in his knee, Hue Jackson announced after the team's practice on Tuesday.Goethel, 24, was competing for the starting weak-side linebacker position in his second NFL season. He was also listed as the team's second-string middle linebacker.In his rookie campaign last season, the six-round pick also competed for the teams' weak-side linebacker position, but an undisclosed preseason back injury forced him out of the competition, and left Quentin Groves as the weak-side starter.
Goethel appeared in eight games last season, recording five tackles.
The injury leaves the Raiders' already-thin backer corps a player short. Reports have indicated that the Raiders might show interest in Lofa Tatupu or former-Raider Kirk Morrison in Goethel's absence.