Already out of Wednesday’s practice with a tweaked knee, things continued to be a setback for Oakland Raiders offensive tackle Menelik Watson as the rookie was absent from Thursday’s practice.
Scott Bair from CSNBayArea reported the absence of Watson when Oakland started practice Wednesday afternoon.
No Menelik Watson at the start of practice. #Raiders
— Scott Bair (@BairCSN) September 5, 2013
Watson was out on Wednesday and had already just returned to the lineup after being injured for most of the preseason with a nagging calf injury, not a good sign for the Raiders rookie from a durability standpoint.
Watson never played left tackle at any level of football and missed majority of training camp with a calf injury and now appears to be doubtful for Sunday’s opener, a huge blow for Dennis Allen and Greg Olsen who planned on using the absence of regular starter Jared Veldheer to groom Watson for the position. Now that opportunity appears to be out of the window for at least a week as it is unlikely Watson will be back in time.
His absence should give right tackle Khalif Barnes an opportunity to start at left tackle and push Tony Pashos into the starting lineup. Not the most ideal option for the Raiders, but the only one they appear to have at this very moment.
Raider Nation should be hoping that the reports of Terrelle Pryor starting on Sunday are true, because with the makeshift Raiders line getting even thinner, things can get ugly fast from a pass protection standpoint.