The Raiders released their first official injury report today and it has two key members of the team still not practicing. The first is David Ausberry (shoulder) who, if healthy, is the starting tight end for this team.
"He's not where he needs to be yet," Dennis Allen said Monday. "We've still got a couple of days. We'll see how he is. Tomorrow we'll see where he's at on Wednesday, but I'm still hopeful. We'll see."
Well, Wednesday is here and Ausberry is still out which means there is a good possibility he won't play in the Raiders opener on Sunday. If he can't go, Jeron Mastrud will get the start in his place with rookies Nick Kasa and Mychal Rivera behind him.
Sebastian Janikowski was also not practicing today. He suffered a strained calf if the Raiders third preseason game. The team had waived/injured Eddy Carmona that week so they were forced to bring in Justin Medlock as the team's temporary kicker.
Dennis Allen insists Janikowski will be fine so it could just be a precaution keeping him out this week. If by Saturday, he still can't go, the team would be forced to re-sign Medlock and cut someone else on the roster to make room.
Left tackle, Menelik Watson, was limited in practice today.
"[Watson] tweaked his knee today in practice, so I don't know the extent of it yet," Dennis Allen said Wednesday. "We'll find that out later, so he was limited."
If we find out the injury will keep him out of the opener, Khalif Barnes will shift to left tackle with newly acquired tackle, Tony Pashos, starting at right tackle.
There is still four days before the Raiders open the season so I'll keep my eye on this throughout the week.