The Raiders will once again have to wait to see if David Ausberry can live up to his potential. For the second-straight year, he has gone down with an injury prior to the season. This time it is a knee injiury which will require him to have a procedure done. The procedure will happen tomorrow and his return is uncertain. Dennis Allen addressed Ausberry's status following practice Tuesday.
"We're going to have to do a procedure on that knee," Allen said. "So, he may be out for a little while."
"We should be able to get him back at some point in time. I'm not sure when that's going to be. We'll have to evaluate that as things go along."
Ausberry left Monday's practice with what Dennis Allen termed "a little knee". That knee injury, as it turns out, it not quite so little after all.
Last year in the second game of the preseason, he went down with a shoulder injury and was lost for the season. He was the projected starter the entire off-season leading up to this point and now the team must turn to Mychal Rivera as the primary receiving threat with the second year players Brian Leonhard and Nick Kasa along with undrafted rookies Jake Murphy and Scott Simonson each picking up the slack.
Ausberry is a former wide receiver who the Raiders chose in the seventh round out of USC back in 2011. He was raw potential in his first two seasons, catching just 9 passes for 106 yards. He will now remain potential for a while longer.