Brisiel did not practice today with an undisclosed injury. He played poorly in the Raiders' preseason matchup against the Cowboys on Friday, including getting pushed into the backfield on the third play of the game which resulted in a sack fumble on Matt Flynn.
In a conference call Saturday, Dennis Allen admitted Brisiel had a bad game and said he was not entirely healthy and would be getting today off.
"I don't think he's 100% healthy right now," said Allen. "I don't think he played, obviously, as well as we would have liked and really as well as he would have liked, so I want to try to get him some rest, get him healed back up where he is feeling a little bit better and give him a little bit better opportunity."
This opens the door for Gurode to see what he can do at the position. As for Gurode's work in the game on Friday, he came in at left guard for a quarter and played well. At one point he was pulled from left to right and had a fantastic block to open things up for Latavius Murray to run for seven yards on third and six to keep the drive alive. The next play, Matt McGloin threw a 30-yard touchdown pass to Brice Butler to give the Raiders a 16-10 lead.
In practice today, Tony Bergstrom continued to run with the first team without rotating out with Lucas Nix while Nix is out with injury. When Nix was healthy, he received most first team reps at left guard.
Last season, when Brisiel went out late in the season with an ankle injury, Nix started at right guard and played pretty well.
It is clear the Raiders are experimenting with their options at right guard in case Brisiel is injured again. If the Raiders like what they see in Gurode and/or their other options, Brisiel's spot on the team could be in jeopardy if he continues to struggle or can't stay healthy.