NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported Thursday the veteran defensive end, on the second year of his two-year deal in Oakland, tore his pectoral muscle. He is getting surgery in the next few days and will head to injured reserve, per Rapoport.
The 32-year-old was a tremendous boost to a Raiders defense packed with young talent, and not only from a leadership standpoint. As one of the best run-stopping ends in football over the last five years, Tuck continued his strong play during Oakland's 2-3 start.
The prognosis on Tuck did not look good from the start given that he was playing through issues all season. Raiders head coach Jack Del Rio said on Wednesday that MRI results were "not good," but declined to go into further details.
The injury has to mean more time for second-round pick Mario Edwards, Jr., who has shown some promise this season despite logging less than 100 snaps so far.
Depending on Tuck's recovery timeline, don't be surprised to see him back in Oakland, or maybe even back in New York. The veteran has shown no desire to hit the retirement button in recent years and his play reflects as much.