The hope for the Raiders following their bye week was that they would get healthy along the offensive line. Wednesday they got some very good news in that department as starting center, Stefen Wisniewski, returned to practice according to media present.
Wisniewski has missed the past two weeks with a knee injury. His absence caused some shuffling along the offensive line that eventually resulted in a pretty porous offensive line.
First it was Andre Gurode who took over at center. This meant the team had no choice but to start Lucas Nix at left guard despite the fact that he was clearly still hampered by an ankle injury. Then to make matters worse, Gurode then went down with injury. The team had to take drastic measures at that point and shift right guard, Mike Brisiel, over to center and start undrafted rookie, Lamar Mady, at right guard.
For this reason, getting Wisniewski back was the most important as it fixes multiple positions. The Raiders have both their starting center and right guard now back in position.
Also looking close to returning is Tony Pashos who missed last week with a groin injury. He was working along the sideline with trainers. Wisniewski was working along the sideline on Monday so the team could also get back their starting right tackle as well at some point this week. Undrafted rookie Matt McCants has been starting in his place.
The remaining injured offensive lineman is offensive tackle, Menelik Watson. He was not at practice today and his prognosis is therefore not as good. Left tackle Jared Veldheer is not eligible to return from partial season IR until next week.