There is some uncertainty at the guard position for the Raiders. Some of the uncertainty may have been settled today as it was revealed left guard, Tony Bergstrom has a foot injury that could potentially keep him out a while, perhaps even placed on injured reserve.
"Tony Bergstrom injured his foot in the game the other night," Dennis Allen said via conference call Friday. "I don't know the total extent to where that's at but it looks to be a significant foot deal, so we're gonna continue to evaluate that and see exactly where he's at. But I would anticipate that he's gonna miss some time."
Head coaches don't throw around words like "significant" with regard to injuries. And at this stage, placing a player on injured reserve is always a possibility. Not to trivialize his injury, but an IR placement would certainly simplify who makes the 53-man roster.
Bergstrom was battling with Lucas Nix for the starting left guard position. Nix had won the job in training camp until he got injured. Then when he returned, a knee injury to starting right guard, Mike Brisiel forced Nix to shift to the right side where he and Bergstrom were working with the first team.
In Bergstrom's absence - however long that may be - the decision as to who starts at each guard position becomes a simple one. Lucas Nix starts at left guard with Mike Brisiel starting at right guard.
As last year's third round compensatory pick, he was the Raiders top draft pick. At that time they played zone along the offensive line and Bergstrom was considered by many to be the best zone blocking guard prospect in the draft. Nix joined the team as an undrafted rookie last season and played well enough to make the roster. He is considered a better fit for the power scheme and hence won the job.
In less than 24 hours we will have a much better idea of Bergstrom's status as the teams must make their roster cuts official by 3pm Pacific Time on Saturday.