Not two plays into the Raiders first joint practice with the Cowboys on Tuesday, Nick Kasa went down in a heap with no contact. Non-contact injuries are almost always the worst kind. This one was no different. Kasa laid on the field for some time and eventually had to be carted off.
Initially both Dennis Allen and Mark Davis said the injury didn't look good at all. Today, Allen confirmed the bad news.
"Preliminary reports are an ACL (tear)," said Allen. "If that's the case, he would be done for the year."
With David Ausberry also out after surgery on his injured knee, the Raiders are suddenly very thin at tight end. There is no way around the team needing to add someone to the roster at the position.
"That's something we have to look at, to see if we can add someone to the roster." Said Allen.
They have a few options. There are several ‘big name' free agent tight ends out there they could take a chance on including Jermichael Finley, Dustin Keller, Fred Davis, and Kellen Winslow. It seems more likely, however, that they add an unknown to just be a camp body and keep an eye on the waiver wire to potentially add some depth at the position for the season.
Currenly the tight end roster consists of Mychal Rivera, Brian Leonhardt and undrafted rookies Jake Murphy and Scott Simonson.