Raiders left tackle Menelik Watson not practicing

Thearon W. Henderson

Raiders rookie left tackle, Menelik Watson, was not at practice Thursday after tweaking his knee in practice Wednesday.

It is not the ideal situation for a team like the Raiders to have to start a rookie at left tackle who has never taken a snap at the position. That's the situation the Raiders find themselves in with the injury to Jared Veldheer having him set for partial season injured reserved.

After Watson's solid performance in the team's final preseason game, they were feeling pretty good about him taking over for Veldheer. Now the situation could be back to precarious because Watson injured his knee in practice on Wednesday and was not on the practice field Thursday according to several members of the media present.

In Watson's absence, the Raiders shifted right tackle Khalif Barnes over to left tackle and put recent acquisition Tony Pashos at right tackle. Those two are the only other tackles on the roster. The third tackle in practice is Matt McCants who was just signed to the team's practice squad this week.

We don't know much about the extent of the injury. Dennis Allen said following Wednesday's practice that Watson "tweaked his knee". We will find out more in Allen's press conference following today's practice.

Watson had already missed nearly all of training camp with a calf injury which had him start camp on the non-football injury list.

There will no doubt be some hand wringing going on among the fans until we hear from Dennis Allen on Watson's status. That press conference happens at 1:10pm today.

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