A promising day of practice turned into a frustrating one for the Oakland Raiders on Wednesday.
The team started practice with rookie tackle Menelik Watson and defensive tackle Pat Sims, free-agent pickup. But both players had to leave practice early. Watson told the Oakland Tribune he is dealing with a calf injury. He hopes to return next week. Both Watson and Sims had been out of practice since training camp began July 26.
This is definitely a setback. Both players were expected to play a lot this season. It is particularly troublesome for Watson. The second-round pick from Florida State has a limited football background. But he has immense ability and needs to get as much camp work as possible. If he misses an extend period again, he will likely not be a factor when the regular season starts Sept. 8.
Also, receiver Jacoby Ford left the field early Wednesday. He has been dealing with leg injuries since 2011.