The team announced Monday that Marshawn Lynch has been placed on injured reserve because of core muscle injury.
It's fair to wonder if the 32-year-old running back has played his final down for Oakland -- and for anyone -- after this latest setback.
Lynch was the Silver and Black's most talented offensive player this season, running with the fresh legs of a younger man and bringing much-needed life to a stagnant attack. "Beast Mode" was averaging 4.2 yards per carry with 376 yards and three touchdowns over six games.
A rough-and-tumble season in Oakland grows darker by the day. The only sunlight comes from the five first-round picks the team boasts over the next two years.