The Oakland Raiders’ season will continue, but the team will be missing a key part of its foundation.
On Monday morning, NFL insider Ian Rapoport reported that Raiders’ left tackle Donald Penn is out for the remainder of the season due to a foot injury which will force Penn to miss his first game since the 2007 season.
#Raiders LT Donald Penn is having foot surgery on Thursday & is out for the season, source said. Oakland’s rock. 1st missed game since ’07!
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) December 18, 2017
The 34-year-old left tackle is considered the heart and soul of Oakland’s offensive line, a unit that has allowed just 21 sacks this season which marks the fourth-best total in the NFL. Penn exited the Raiders’ Sunday evening loss against the Cowboys with the injury, and was considered questionable to play this weekend against the Eagles before the news of his season-ending surgery was revealed.
Penn has made 170 career starts for Oakland, and played in 174 games stretching from his first game as a rookie out of Utah State in 2007 all the way up until Sunday night. Penn originally entered the league as an undrafted free agent, but has become one of the most dependable linemen in the NFL during his career.