Menelik Watson, Pat Sims return to practice, leave with injuries for Raiders


The Oakland Raiders were finally able to get second-round draft pick Menelik Watson and defensive tackle Pat Sims on the practice field Wednesday.

Neither one finished the workout with the team.

Watson and Sims both passed physicals to allow them to hit the practice field for the first time during training camp. Sims was placed on the physically unable to perform list and Watson landed on the non-football injury list for the start of camp.

According to Jerry McDonald of the Bay Area News Group, Watson reaggravated the calf injury that had landed him on the NFI list to begin with. He had been working through a positional drill before having to walk off the field with a trainer.

“This is not the way I planned my first training camp,” Watson said. “I’ve not even took a snap yet. After making good strides in the spring, I wanted to get out there and get on the field.”

Sims would later leave the field as well, limping off the field later in the practice. Head coach Dennis Allen said he wouldn’t rule out either player for Friday’s preseason opener against Dallas, but it seems extremely unlikely they would play as they have yet to complete a single practice with the team in training camp.