Raiders news: Darius Philon out for playoff with knee injury

The Las Vegas Raiders defense took a heavy blow as defensive tackle Darius Philon sidelined the playoffs with a “significant” knee injury.

Raiders’ interim head coach Rich Bisaccia said on Monday the exact extent of Philo’s injury was not yet known, but it was serious. His season is over.

This is the only major injury the Raiders suffered in their home win in overtime 35-32 over the Los Angeles Chargers Sunday evening. Philon was injured about two minutes from the end of the fourth quarter and had to be sent off the pitch.

Philon performed very well during the Raiders’ four-game winning streak and Bisaccia said he was on the right track. He made some huge plays in the race game on Sunday night, highlighted by stopping the Chargers in fourth and falling short of their own 18 in the third quarter, which went a long way to helping the Raiders win.

Philon signed a one-year contract for less than a million dollars with the Raiders after being absent for two seasons in the NFL. He reunited with Gus Bradley, for whom he played with the Chargers. Based on his injury schedule, I could see the Raiders trying to bring him back.

With Philon out, defensive tackles Johnathan Hankins, Quinton Jefferson, Solomon Thomas, Damion Square and Kendal Vickers will all have to take over.

UPDATE:

Notes from other Raiders:

  • Raiders Pro Bowl Defensive end Maxx Crosby took home the Commitment to Team Excellence award, which was voted on by his teammates. He goes every year to a Raiders player who exemplifies hard work, leadership and excellence on and off the field throughout the season, according to the team. Center Rodney Hudson, traded to Arizona in the offseason, has won the award for the past four seasons.
  • Crosby also won the Craig Long Award, which recognizes the player who best exemplifies professionalism and collaboration with the media in general. Members of the local media vote for the award. Tight end Darren Waller has won the award for the past two years.

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