Ever since being drafted by the Oakland Raiders, Menelik Watson has been sidelined with injuries for a large portion of time.
Now, ESPN’s Adam Schefter is reporting that Watson underwent arthroscopic surgery on a torn lateral meniscus last week. He is expected to be out for a month.
The Raiders are very thin at offensive tackle, and with Watson out, it will only make matters worse. Watson, who played right tackle during college, was actually tabbed to replace Jared Vehldeer at left tackle after Vehldeer suffered a triceps injury and Alex Barron didn’t perform too well in his place.
Oakland only has three healthy offensive tackles on the roster: Khalif Barnes, Tony Pashos, and Matt McCants, who was promoted from the practice squad earlier this week. Barnes. who is also primarily a right tackle, started at left tackle for the Raiders during Week 1 against the Colts. Pashos started at right tackle, and we will likely see the same formation tied coming Sunday when the Raiders take on the Jaguars.
“Unfortunately, we’ve got two guys hurt, so it’s ‘next man up,’” Barnes said last week, via Jerry McDonald of the Bay Area News Group. “I’ve done this position before. It’s been a little while but I’ll get back on the bike and start riding again. It felt good. We’re going to go out and play ball. No excuses. I felt good about it.”