Watson tweaks knee, can't finish Raiders practice

Allen pleased overall with Pryor's progression

Watson tweaks knee, can't finish Raiders practice
September 4, 2013, 3:15 pm
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Dennis Allen said Khalif Barnes would move to left tackle and recently-signed veteran Tony Pashos would step in and play right tackle if Menelik Watson can't go Sunday. (AP)

ALAMEDA – Injuries keep hindering Menelik Watson’s progress.

A calf injury took the rookie offensive lineman out of training camp, but he recovered in the nick of time to earn a starting spot at left tackle. On Wednesday, just days away from his regular-season debut, Watson got hurt again.

He tweaked his knee in Wednesday’s practice and was pulled from the session.

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“I don’t know the extent of it,” Raiders coach Dennis Allen said. “We’ll find it out later. He was limited.”

Watson started off as Plan C at left tackle. Jared Veldheer was the first option, and he partially tore a triceps muscle that will keep out until midseason at least. Veteran Alex Barron was next up, but his performance didn’t warrant playing time. Now he’s on the street.

Watson, a second-round pick who played right tackle exclusively in college, was moved to the left after a week’s practice and a solid exhibition against Seattle. Despite relative inexperience, Watson was the Raiders best bet to replace Veldheer.

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The extent of Watson’s injury remains unknown, but an ailment that keeps him out against the Colts would further dwindle the Raiders options.

Plan D isn’t attractive. Allen said that right tackle Khalif Barnes would move to left tackle and recently signed veteran Tony Pashos would step in and play right tackle.