Raiders TE Kasa carted off during practice with Cowboys

Raiders TE Kasa carted off during practice with Cowboys
August 12, 2014, 5:00 pm
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As a rookie last season, Nick Kasa appeared in all 16 games but recorded only one catch -- a 9-yard touchdown. (USATI)

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OXNARD -- Raiders tight end Nick Kasa was carted off the field with a knee injury shortly after the start of Wednesday's joint practice with the Dallas Cowboys.

He got tangled up with Dallas defender Ryan Smith during a 1-on-1 drill and went down. He came up clutching his left knee.

"Obviously he'll have to go in and get an MRI," head coach Dennis Allen said. "It didn't look good."

[RELATED: Marcel Reece moving to tight end?]

A week ago today, Allen revealed that projected starting tight end David Ausberry would undergo knee surgeryHe had a procedure on his knee a week ago, but was seen at Wednesday's practice with a small wrap on his left knee. That's a far better sign than if Ausberry was on crutches or sporting a large knee brace. Ausberry is out indefinitely.

If Kasa misses a significant amount of time, that leaves the Raiders with Mychal Rivera, who is mostly a pass-catcher, and Brian Leonhardt, who is primarily a blocker. The team also has undrafted free agents Jake Murphy and Scott Simonson, but neither player has stood out thus far.