REPORT: Raiders are optimistic about LB Nick Kwiatkoski (pec)

Whenever a player is ruled out quickly during a game, that usually isn’t a very good sign. Often times, it means the team doctors saw something very concerning that usually has long-term consequences.

So when starting linebacker Nick Kwiatoski left the game in Week 1 due to a pectoral injury, most assumed he would be lost for the year. However, that doesn’t appear to be the case, according to NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport. It appears the Raiders and Kwiatoski may have avoided a major injury, but an MRI will be needed to see just how long he could be out.

Kwiatkowski is one of the team’s most important defenders as he is in charge of making all of the defensive calls. And with his ability to make plays in space and in coverage, he was part of the reason so many were optimistic about this defense going forward.

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Kwiatkoski finished his first game with the Raiders with four solo tackles and six total tackles in limited action.

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