May 11, 2013; Oakland, CA, USA; Oakland Raiders tackle Menelik Watson (71) addresses the media during rookie minicamp at the Raiders team headquarters. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

Menelik Watson out for one month with torn meniscus, has already underwent surgery


It was largely assumed that Dennis Allen was playing a secretive ploy concerning Menelik Watson’s injury status after the second round pick at left tackle went down before Week One with what was reported as a tweaked knee. Usually only keeping his cards to his vest when it is actually a big deal, we assumed Watson was missing more than just Week One, especially after his absence from practice this week. Thursday morning we found out the worst, that Watson had surgery, but the injury, and the timetable for return, is in the end not the end of the world.

It is being reported by ESPN that Menelik’s “tweak” was actually a tear to his lateral meniscus ligament. The report also informed us that Watson has already underwent surgery and will only be out for a month. Much better than a torn ACL which obviously would have shut Watson down for the year.

Dennis Allen and Reggie McKenzie will likely be gutted that their opportunity to play Menelik Watson at left tackle in Jared Veldheer’s place for the opening eight or so games of 2013 now appears to be closing. The ability to give Watson experience playing the most valuable piece of real estate on the line was a silver lining for the Raiders who are really missing their franchise O-Lineman these days.

It seems the Raiders have no choice but to move on with Khalif Barnes filling in at left tackle with Tony Pashos playing on the right side. It isn’t the most ideal of partnerships and Barnes looked like he was still getting used to playing on the much more demanding left side of the line, but Pashos had a strong effort in his first game and it appears that it will do for now. It will have to as Oakland is out of options and can’t afford another injury to an offensive line that is maxed out on quick fixes.

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  • Raider Grant

    Love my Raiders ,but this years draft is another bust ! You don’t gamble on early picks & anyone who thinks you should go get counseling! We could of drafted more solidly & been more competitive! Next year we could have 69 million, but poor drafts make us spend every penny! McKenzie can be frugal & people can say he’s a wizard, but your knowledge of the game is right there with McKenzie’s…. a joke. Big difference with loving your team,knowing the in & outs of the game & blindly just rooting for them! Wake up MARK DAVIS! Allen,Knapp,Flynn, entire 2013 draft ? Seriously we could & should have acquired solid talent ,but didnt? Next to have surgery is Hayden…wait he already did so its going to be he’s second & season ending! Time too be positve about something, but this years draft is not it! Go Raiders play with heart , because all our draf picks are injured & having surgery, or released ???? Think of the talent we could of had!!! Tired of passing on great talent for some suckers pipe dreams! Sorry guys, but someone has to be real & point out the obvious. Be wise & recognize. Raider Nation for life !