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Menelik Watson tweaks knee at Raiders practice

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The Raiders haven’t said who’s starting at quarterback in the season opener this weekend and they may also need to find themselves a left tackle.

Steve Corkran of the Bay Area News Group reports that coach Dennis Allen said that rookie Menelik Watson tweaked his knee at Wednesday’s practice. Watson, a second-round pick in April, was installed at left tackle after never playing there in college in the wake of Jared Veldheer’s injury and Alex Barron’s inability to improve on his poor past performances. It’s the second injury Watson has dealt with since the start of camp as he also battled a calf injury that flared up after Watson started camp on the non-football injury list.

The Raiders don’t have too many options in the event Watson isn’t able to play against the Colts. The recently signed Tony Pashos and starting right tackle Khalif Barnes are the other tackles currently on the roster and neither one is an ideal choice to play on the blind side of either Terrelle Pryor or Matt Flynn. Barnes would likely move to the left side with Pashos on the right should the Raiders have to shuffle things up.

Barron hasn’t signed anywhere else since being cut, should the Raiders have interest in bringing him back, and the Raiders haven’t placed Veldheer on injured reserve with the designation to return, so there’s a way to open up a roster spot if they need one.

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13 Responses to “Menelik Watson tweaks knee at Raiders practice”
  1. slugdub says: Sep 4, 2013 5:14 PM

    Ugh! Please don’t bring back Barron! He’s the worst!

    Do they need new trainers or what? Keep these guys healthy…geez

  2. doitbigreggiemckenzie says: Sep 4, 2013 6:15 PM

    Please don’t bring back Alex Barron!!

    It’s bad enough we have to watch Khalif Barnes pretend to block.

  3. yourmomsnewfriend says: Sep 4, 2013 6:28 PM

    Wow. That’s simply horrible. It’s bad enough that they don’t have a real QB, but NOW you compound that making the bad LT situation even worse.

    I predict a record number of holding penalties this season. It’s going to be the only way they can keep their QB’s in the game.

  4. mullman76 says: Sep 4, 2013 6:30 PM


    It’s going to end badly.

  5. schmitty2 says: Sep 4, 2013 6:50 PM

    The only reason to bring Barron back is if the Raiders want to go back to their old ways of leading the league in penalties.

  6. impalaman04 says: Sep 4, 2013 7:26 PM

    I think they should go after Jared Gaither. He should be OK until Veldheer or Watson gets healthy.

  7. robgilman says: Sep 4, 2013 7:51 PM

    Didn’t I just read today that the Colts are 100% full strength now too? Honestly, as a Raider fan, I would rather them forfeit this game. Guys are gonna get killed out there. It’s not fair or safe. May as well get healthy for week 2 and save the beating and embarassment

  8. bwisnasky says: Sep 4, 2013 8:06 PM


  9. glclemg says: Sep 4, 2013 8:15 PM

    They didn’t say how bad it was. So maybe he’ll still play.

  10. moss49thteam says: Sep 4, 2013 8:20 PM

    This will not end well. I hope that the Colts do not take their foot off the gas and they ram it down our throats.

    Then, maybe then we all can get kick enough that rock bottom is declared and everyone understands what the goal is and the work that is required.

    Sometimes the biggest wake up is a good old fashion butt kicking.

  11. mcthompso says: Sep 5, 2013 1:04 AM

    This is just crazy. As bad as the roster already is, the promising parts of it are the ones that get injured. I know that is the nature of the NFL, but it just seems weird that any time us Raider fans can be positive about something–ANYTHING, the worst happens. Ugh. One of these days it will be turned around, and it is going to be so worth it to stick by this whole time.

  12. silvernblak says: Sep 5, 2013 3:23 PM

    I hear ya! i am so tired of hearing the bashing of my die hard mentality of my raiders and the bashing they take! I aint no snoop dog who stands on the sideline of the team that wins. I will stand alone if I have to. The Autumn wind………..can ya hear it? Just, Win baby!!!!

  13. silvernblak says: Sep 5, 2013 3:25 PM

    Kbarnes by the way should have been cut with Willy Smith and Barbarron! Next should be Briesel! If your going to clean house then start by mopping up the mess on the floor!

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