In what is becoming a recurring theme, Menelik Watson is hurt…again. Watson is living his own personal Groundhog Day movie. Of course I am referring to Bill Murray’s film from 1993 where he finds himself living the same day over and over again. Well for Menelik Watson and the Oakland Raiders, this has to start feeling that way. Things were going well. His knee had healed nicely from being scoped in September and he was ready to start practice and take over (temporarily of course) the Left Tackle spot. Now Vic Tafur of the SF chronicle is reporting that Watson could miss a “a few weeks” with what Coach Allen is saying is a Calf Injury. The Same calf that he injured early in training camp.
So now instead of trying find out what the Raiders have in Watson, they are just guessing and wondering what they have. Watson is also taking up a precious roster spot. The Raiders might want to consider putting him on IR, let him heal completely and get him on a good strength and conditioning program. With that all said, it may only be 2 weeks and he is back. Either way this has to be stunting his development. Watson only has one game under his belt in the preseason and that was the 4th week of preseason against Seattle, in which he looked pretty good in. As Dennis Allen said
“We’ve had him maybe a total of 10 days since the start of training camp. Once he gets healthy, then we have to have an opportunity to evaluate him and see what we have.”
The Raiders still do not know what they have. Well I will tell you what they have. What they have is Raw talent, but you can’t teach toughness. Now I would never question anyone’s toughness, especially me. I once called out sick with heat stroke, in November. In Oregon. So I am the last guy to call someone out.
So the good news in the Movie Groundhog Day, after many repetitious days of waking up at 6AM and doing the same thing over and over again, it all works out in the end. I hope it does, after watching the tape of him at Florida State, he can be very, very good. Will Punxsutawney Phil see his shadow and will we have 6 more weeks of injuries to Watson or will the Raiders get past this part of Menelik Watson’s career. The Jury is still out.