NBC Sports is reporting that offensive tackle Menelik Watson has been ruled out for Sunday’s game against the Indianapolis Colts.
Menelik Watson ruled out for Week One http://t.co/LCJUD2g8lp
— ProFootballTalk (@ProFootballTalk) September 6, 2013
Watson was the backup left tackle but had been forced into starting duties with the injury to starting left tackle Jared Veldheer. Veldheer had surgery to repair a torn triceps and is not expected back soon.
It appears that Khalif Barnes will slide from right tackle to left and Tony Pashos will take over at right tackle.
Already one of the weaker points of the Oakland Radiers team, the offensive line will have to gel on the fly as they take on Andrew Luck and the Colts. With so much inexperience at the quarterback position, the goal of protecting Terrelle Pryor takes on even more importance.
Unfortunately for the Raiders, I don’t see this ending pretty. Already picked by most experts to finish near the bottom of the AFC, things don’t seem to be getting better for them.