Through 10 days of camp, Raiders rookie right tackle Menelik Watson has been out. He returned to action today for the first time and that return didn't even last a half hour before he was sidelined again.
The team had just finished warm-ups and began position drills. Not ten minutes into those drills, Watson walked off the field and into the field house. As he left, he punched a wooden bench in anger and yelled in frustration. He was then sitting on a bench outside the field house with his face in his hands.
This doesn't look good at all. Either he is simply still not healthy enough to return or even worse, he reinjured himself. His reaction suggests it could be quite serious. It has already thrown a wrench in Watson getting his rookie season off the ground.
Watson's injury has not been disclosed but it is indeed an injury per Dennis Allen. He was placed on the non-football injury list as soon as camp started which means he received the injury not in organized practice with the team.
Several other Raider players returned to action today in the hopes of playing in the team's first preseason game on Friday including Pat Sims, Myles Wade, Tracy Porter, and Mike Jenkins. Watson had hoped to be among them but it appears that won't happen. Hopefully later today, Dennis Allen can shed some light on how long it might be before Watson can return and how serious his injury.