By Steve Corkran
Wednesday, September 18th, 2013 at 4:00 pm in Oakland Raiders.
ALAMEDA — Rookie offensive tackle Menelik Watson on Wednesday cleared up a few things in regard to his knee injury.
First, he first suffered the injury the week before the Raiders played the Seattle Seahawks in the teams’ exhibition finale.
So, when coach Dennis Allen said Watson “tweaked” his knee at practice the week of the Raiders regular-season opener against the Indianapolis Colts, what actually happened is that Watson aggravated the injury.
Watson revealed that he injured the medial collateral ligament in his right knee and that the injury was severe enough to warrant surgery.
“It’s nothing season-ending,” Watson said Wednesday. “My recovery is going well. My rehab is going well. I should move it around next week and be back as soon as I can. The surgery was painless. I’ll be back soon.”
Watson was slated to be the Raiders left tackle against the Colts. Now he’s focused on his rehab and staying sharp for his expected return later this season.
To that end, he’s doing everything that he can to get back on the field and make a contribution.
He’s also thankful that his injury isn’t as bad as it could have been.
“It’s not that bad,” Watson said. “It’s not something detrimental. It’s not an ACL or anything. So, I’m blessed in that sense.”