Oakland is staring straight at the possibility of indefinitely losing its Pro Bowl defensive end Derrick Burgess to a partially torn triceps.
As it is, Burgess is expected to be out two to four weeks after spending Wednesday of this past week in Birmingham, Ala., meeting with Dr. James Andrews. Burgess was told to take off some time, hope to have his tricep heal on its own and then have it examined again later this month.
If his tricep has healed, then Burgess will be able to resume playing.
But if it has not, Burgess will need to undergo season-ending surgery.
Burgess initially hurt his tricep against San Diego. After resting it during the bye week, Burgess aggravated it at practice Tuesday. Now the Raiders will be without their top pass rusher for at least the next two games, and possibly considerably longer.