Saturday, September 7, 2013
Raiders add McCants from practice squad
By Paul Gutierrez
INDIANAPOLIS -- The Raiders signed offensive tackle Matt McCants off their practice squad Saturday and placed left tackle Jared Veldheer on the reserve/injured-designated to return list in the corresponding roster move.
With Veldheer undergoing surgery on his left triceps in training camp and rookie Menelik Watson injuring a knee in practice Wednesday, the Raiders had only two healthy tackles entering this weekend’s season opener against the Colts in Khalif Barnes and Tony Pashos.
Barnes will move from right tackle to start on the left side and Pashos, who was signed Monday, will start at right tackle.
The 6-foot-5, 309-pound McCants was a sixth-round draft choice of the New York Giants in 2012 out of Alabama-Birmingham, where he was primarily a left tackle and spent most of last season on the Giants’ practice squad. He was waived by the Giants on Aug. 31 and signed to the Raiders’ practice squad on Monday.