The Raiders have been without rookie offensive tackle, Menelik Watson all season thus far. He banged knees in practice before the opener and has yet to play in a regular season game. Now he is expected to miss even more time after re-injuring his calf.
This is the same calf injury that caused him to miss pretty much the entirety of training camp. He came back and started the preseason finale at left tackle and looked very good especially considering he had hardly practiced at all and had never played left tackle in his life. Not a week later, he was lost with the knee injury.
Watson returned to practice last week and was questionable for the game. At that rate, he was on course to return full from the knee injury and perhaps see his first game action of the season. That was until the calf injury flared up again.
This isn't the first time he has re-injured his calf. He tried to come back in training camp and not ten minutes in, he left the field angry and headed to the locker room.
The Raiders chose Watson with their high second round pick (44 overall) which they received with the trade down with the Dolphins from third overall to 12 overall. Watson has always had a lot of potential after playing just one season of division one college ball at Florida State. But potential means nothing if he can't get on the field.