Friday, November 1, 2013
Watson in line to make Raiders debut
By Paul Gutierrez
ALAMEDA, Calif. -- With offensive linemen Andre Gurode and Tony Pashos ruled out of Sunday’s game against Philadelphia, Raiders rookie tackle Menelik Watson is in line to make his regular-season debut.
Watson, Oakland’s second-round draft pick, was in line to start at left tackle to open the season but underwent knee surgery before the opener. He returned in early October but hurt a calf and did not start practicing again until this week.
“He’s been better,” coach Dennis Allen said of Watson. “You always worry about the fact that he’s had such limited reps, but physically he looks like he’s ready to go.”
The Raiders’ starting offensive line against the Eagles figures to be: LT Khalif Barnes, LG Lucas Nix, C Stefen Wisniewski, RG Mike Brisiel, RT Matt McCants, with Watson the backup tackle and Lamar Mady the backup guard.
Following, then, is the Raiders’ status report for Sunday:
Out: SS Tyvon Branch (ankle), C/G Andre Gurode (quad), RT Tony Pashos (hip)
Questionable: WR Andre Holmes (hamstring), LT Menelik Watson (calf)