Raiders OL Menelik Watson had a short-lived first practice

Menelik Watson has been missing for all of Raiders training camp with what was an undisclosed injury but later revealed as a calf injury. It’s been a big setback for a rookie right tackle that already has a whole lot less football experience than most rookies. Each day he’s been absent he’s losing valuable learning experiences in his first training camp as well as losing ground to Khalif Barnes on the depth chart.

But good news came on Wednesday:

This is great. He’ll finally get some reps in the offense, see action against actual NFL defensive lineman. He’ll go through position drills and get invaluable instruction from coaches…

(10 minutes later)


Watson also reportedly punched a bench in anger and sat with his face in his hands off the field.

Here’s Kate Longworth’s Zapruder Film-esque snapshot of Watson apparently sitting on the ground looking dejected outside of a field house:

Somebody needs a hug right about now.

Watson later revealed to reporters that he has been bothered by a calf injury suffered a week before camp and that he re-aggravated it on Wednesday. He believes he’ll be back on the field next week. Watson was previously on the NRI list, which meant that he had to pass a team physical before returning to practice, so it’s not as if he was ill-prepared to return to action. Just awful, awful luck.

In other, oh-crap-why-is-everybody-getting-hurt news, Jacoby Ford, an important part of the Raiders’ return and receiving units who just returned to practice on Saturday after an extended absence in addition to missing all of last season, also exited Wednesday’s practice early thanks to an undisclosed injury. Defensive tackle Pat Sims also practiced for the first time Wednesday, and he, too, didn’t see the end of it.


Yes, Will. Not so much of a cheery day in the Napa Valley for the Raiders.

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