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Raiders’ Obi Melifonwu out again with lower body injury

8/9/2018 8:24:37 AM
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Raiders safety Obi Melifonwu was mysteriously absent for Tuesday’s workout. Raiders coach Jon Gruden provided some clarity Wednesday on why the 2017 second-round pick has missed the past two days, Gilbert Manzano of the Las Vegas Review-Journal reports.

“Obi has had a flare-up,” Gruden said. “Lower body injury of some kind. We’re still looking into that.”

Gruden is often straight forward on his player injury updates. But when it comes to Melifonwu’s playing status, concrete answers are rare.

The Raiders were high on Melifonwu a year ago when they selected him 56th overall out of Connecticut. The 6-foot-4-inch athlete with long arms was viewed as player who could slow down the league’s top tight ends such as the Patriots’ Rob Gronkowski.

Now there’s some doubt Melifonwu will be with the Raiders come September.

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