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Karl Joseph "day to day" on whether he'll play in Raiders preseason opener

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The Raiders have been taking it slow with their rookie top pick who is uncertain whether he'll play in Friday's preseason opener.

Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

This Friday the Raiders will open the preseason against the Arizona Cardinals. It's the first time many of these Raiders players will suit up in an NFL uniform, including their top pick Karl Joseph. But according to Joseph, that debut may have to wait.

"Yeah, I'm not sure what we're gonna do yet," Joseph said about his availability for Friday's game. "We haven't spoken about it. But at the end of the day, the goal is to be ready for Sundays and being ready for that first season game. But definitely we'd like to get in some preseason action, but it's gonna be a day to day thing to see how the knee feels and everything."

Last week Joseph wasn't kept out of practice for what Jack Del Rio said was "preventative" due to the fact that Joseph missed the entire offseason program while recovering from the ACL tear he had just 10 months ago. Del Rio pointed out the team is trying to work smart with Joseph to ensure he doesn't suffer any setbacks. Joseph spent his day out of practice doing stretches and light work with a trainer.

"They're just doing a good job controlling me, resting me," said Joseph. "Obviously it's hard just getting back into it going hard every day like that, so they're doing a good job controlling it and giving me some much needed rest, some days off."

"Still a lot of treatment after practice. But mainly it's about keeping the strength up right now and go back out there and knocking some of that rust off. But it's feeling better every day and coach is doing a great job of watching my reps."