Johnathan Abram’s collision with a TV cart Monday night left the Raiders’ promising young safety with more than bumps and bruises.
Abram sustained a Grade 2 AC joint sprain, and a small piece of his collarbone chipped off and caused some internal bleeding, NFL Media’s Ian Rapoport and Tom Pelissero reported Sunday, citing sources.
Abram returned to the Raiders' home opener against the New Orleans Saints after that play, didn’t miss a practice this week and will be on the field Sunday against the New England Patriots. Still, the fact that Abram suffered such injuries from running into a TV cart, instead of an opposing player, has his camp seeking answers.
Trey Robinson, Abram’s agent, told NFL Media that he’d like the league to ensure carts either are sufficiently padded or relocated elsewhere.
"Players are even more likely to make impact with these carts this season because of the lack of people on the sidelines due to COVID restrictions," Robinson said.
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According to NFL Media, the cart was behind the required dashed yellow line, although photographers and cheerleaders who normally would have shielded Abram from the collision weren’t there because of COVID-19 attendance restrictions.
ESPN, which broadcast the game, had no comment to NFL Media. However, sources said the network and the league have discussed a clarification of where TV carts should be permitted on the sideline, given the current circumstances.