When you’re picked by everyone to finish last in your division, it’s a good thing to be heading into Week 1 of the NFL season with a healthy roster.
The Oakland Raiders will be done for the 2013 season when that final whistle blows on Sunday afternoon at the O.co Coliseum, but the Denver Broncos have their sights set on the Super Bowl.
Oakland’s roster is pretty healthy right now, which is good news as the Raiders host the Philadelphia Eagles Sunday and try to get back to .500 on the 2013 season.
Safety Tyvon Branch is the only key player for the Oakland Raiders that could be a setback when the Silver and Black play against the Denver Broncos.
The left tackle issue for the Oakland Raiders is still at large. However, the issue will not or should not be a problem against the Jacksonville Jaguars for week 2.
The Raiders lost a lot of men to injury during training camp, but one man’s absence in particular may cost them the game against the Colts.
On Thursday, the native of Manchester, England, will make his first start in the NFL at left tackle – a position he’d never played before until this week – in front of one of the league’s most hostile road crowds.
Second-round pick Menelik Watson’s first practice of training camp lasted less than 30 minutes before the Oakland Raiders’ offensive lineman left the field after re-injuring a calf muscle in his left leg.
Second-round offensive tackle Menelik Watson signed his rookie contract with the Oakland Raiders on Wednesday, hours after most of the rest of the rookies, undrafted free agents and other young players filed off two buses as they arrived for a one-month stay at training camp in wine country.
While most of the players have arrived for a one-month stay in wine country, Oakland’s top two draft picks – D.J. Hayden and Menelik Watson – were not on the buses from the team facility on Wednesday.