The two most notable absences from the Raiders 21-17 Week One loss to the Indianapolis Colts, left tackle Menelik Watson and tight end David Ausberry, are still missing from practice as the Raiders prepare to host the Jacksonville Jaguars Sunday in their home opener.
Watson tweaked his knee leading up to the start of the season while Jerry McDonald reported that Ausberry (shoulder) is continuing to work with athletic trainers in during the media window, which means he could be closer to returning than Watson.
Watson’s continued absence will likely see the continued use of Khalif Barnes at starting left tackle until either Watson or starter Jared Veldheer (partial injured reserve) get healthy and return to the lineup.
Tony Pashos will likely stay at right tackle in Barnes place as the two continue to reunite from their days with the Jacksonville Jaguars to open up the season. Pashos was outstanding on Sunday and for the moment looks like he has the job locked up on the right side of the line. Even though it will be interesting to see what happens when Watson returns where the line shuffles.
Most of the Raiders offensive line struggles came from Lucas Nix against the Colts. Keep an eye on the left guard this week. He should be more comfortable with some familiarity now that Barnes is playing alongside him at tackle for a consecutive week.
Terrelle Pryor was also named the starter yesterday in a story we didn’t report. Largely because it was fairly obvious that he would be the Week Two starter after his stunning season debut. Expect him to finish the season with the starting job barring injury or total mental collapse.
Tyvon Branch was also reported out of practice with a non serious injury.