Monday the Raiders were back on the practice field for the first time since their 34-3 defeat at the hands of the 49ers last Thursday in Santa Clara. That game was a mess in a lot of ways, but none more so than the left side of the offensive line where both left tackle Kolton Miller and left guard Kelechi Osemele aggravated knee injuries.
Today, latter took the field and the former did not.
According to media on hand during warmups, Osemele was stretching with his teammates, while Miller stood on the side watching.
Both players had knee injuries. Osemele’s injury had him out for a month, returning on Thursday for the first time since week four against the Browns. Miller played in each game since suffering his initial in jury in the same game, but gave up six sacks in two games trying to fight through it. He gave up another one Thursday while trying to fight through aggravating the injury.
Friday, Gruden said if Miller can’t go next week against the Chargers that he had a couple of options in mind to replace him. One of those options could be newly re-signed former 4th round pick, David Sharpe. The other could be Ian Silberman, who was working out at center two weeks ago, but who filled in at both tackle spots last week.
Either way, it’s not a great situation if Miller can’t go. He’s shown it’s not great if he tries to play on the injury either.