September 29, 2012; Tampa, FL, USA; Florida State Seminoles wide receiver Rashad Greene (80) is congratulated by offensive linesman Menelik Watson (71) after they scored a touchdown against the South Florida Bulls during the first quarter at Raymond James Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Menelik Watson Suffers Injury Setback in Return to Field Wednesday


It was a short lived return to practice for Raiders second round draft pick Menelik Watson on Wednesday as he left Oakland’s practice in pain and visibly upset. The injury would be a setback for the offensive linemen who has sat out of Oakland’s practices since the start of training camp trying to get healthy and couldn’t even make it to individual drills before having to pull out.

Watson left right as the team team had just finished warm-ups and began position drills. Not ten minutes into those drills, Watson walked off the field and into the field house. As he left, he punched a wooden bench in anger and yelled in frustration according to reports from various beat writers in Napa.

He was then sitting on a bench outside the field house with his face in his hands. Not a good sign as a show of frustration from not being able to practice and now not being able to even last through what was a light practice heading into Friday’s preseason meeting with Dallas at the O.co.

Watson’s injury has not been disclosed but it categorized as an injury Dennis Allen and is being treated as such at this juncture so far. He was placed on the non-football injury list as soon as camp started which means he received the injury not in organized practice with the team. As we saw today Watson is trying to do whatever he can to get back and is obviously frustrated that his body won’t allow him to return for whatever reason, which is not a good sign for Dennis Allen and GM Reggie McKenzie as their second round draft pick this year misses more and more preseason reps at practice.

Several other Raider players returned to action today in the hopes of playing in the team’s first preseason game on Friday including Pat Sims, Myles Wade, Tracy Porter, and Mike Jenkins. The returns of Sims and Porter/Jenkins being the most noteworthy as Dennis Allen gets two of his projected starting cornerbacks on the depth chart back as well as the much needed return of Sims on the defensive line as Oakland’s defensive tackle spot looks less and less depleted as more players return from injury. \

We will likely find out more about the status of certain players tomorrow as gameday nears. For Menelik Watson, his setback continues as the potential filled tackle tries desperately to get healthy enough to return to practice, we saw on Wednesday that his rehab might be nore frustrating for him than we once anticipated.

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  • Silvia Arredondo

    Poor guy

  • Raider Grant

    Wow, already our two first draft picks down & won’t be playing in the Preseason opener ?!?! Hope they bounce back ASAP! Even though injuries plague all NFL players, In my opinion this is why you don’t gamble with early round draft picks. Get better soon guys!