Dennis Allen spoke in a conference call Saturday evening. In that call, he gave updates the injuries suffered in the team's second preseason game Friday night.
"I've got a few updates as far as the injuries are concerned," said Allen. "Ausberry's got a shoulder [injuiry]. He's probably gonna miss the rest of the preseason. Tracy Porter had a groin [injury]. He's probably doubtful for this week and then we'll see where he's at after that. Brandon Bair kind of re-aggravated a hamstring injury, he's day to day. Kevin Burnett has a knee [injury], he's day to day. Eddie Carmona with a head [injury]. He's day to day. And then John Wetzel has a knee [injury], he's probably out for a couple of weeks."
With Ausberry on the shelf, it leaves the tight end competition pretty wide open for a guy like Jeron Mastrud or one of the two rookies, Mychal Rivera and Nick Kasa, to step up and secure a spot on this roster. Richard Gordon is the current starter and Mastrud has also seen some time with the first team in practices and game.
Porter is unlikely to play in the third preseason game and I wouldn't expect him to play in the final game either. This makes DJ Hayden's return that much more timely as he will likely be asked to step right in with the first team and start next week.
Bair has had troubles with his hamstring all training camp and the re-aggravation will make it extremely hard for him to make this roster. He was already a long shot.
This team needs John Wetzel as the primary backup at left tackle behind Alex Barron. And with the way Barron played on Friday, Wetzel would have had a real shot at making the roster and perhaps even taking the starting job. Now, those chances are slim.
Burnett being out leaves the Raiders thin at strong side linebacker. Kaluka Maiava has been out most of camp with an ankle injury.