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No Wiz as Raiders begin practice

The Raiders closed the media window at practice Friday with center Stefen Wisniewski not in attendance, raising the possibility the Raiders will have to make another significant shift on the offensive line against the San Diego Chargers.

Wisniewski, who injured his right knee against Washington, was in attendance during practices Wednesday and Thursday, with coach Dennis Allen expressing optimism he would play Sunday night at O.Co Coliseum.

If Wisniewski can’t play, then veteran Andre Gurode, a former Pro Bowl center with Dallas who has been playing left guard for the Raiders, would move to center.

That would leave left guard to Lucas Nix, who opened the season as the starter but eventually gave way to Gurode in part because of an ankle injury and in part because of ineffective play.

The Raiders have shuffled their offensive line since training camp, beginning with a torn left triceps by left tackle Jared Veldheer.

The initial plan was to have rookie Menelik Watson open the season at left tackle after a strong preseason finale against Seattle. Watson, however underwent arthroscopic knee surgery and just began to practice again.

Instead, the Raiders moved right tackle Khalif Barnes to left tackle and installed Tony Pashos, who was signed on Sept. 2, at right tackle.

Watson, who was getting some work on the right side Friday, expressed optimism Thursday about playing while Allen seems to proceeding with caution, given the fact he missed almost all of training camp with a calf injury and then had minor knee surgery.

Running back Darren McFadden was not present at practice and is expected to be declared out of the San Diego game following practice Friday.

Despite the late starting time Sunday night (8:35 p.m.) in order for O.co Coliseum to be reconfigured for football following two A’s playoff games, Allen has not adjusted practice times.

He said the Raiders will alter some of their meeting times, however.

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Jerry McDonald - NFL Writer

  • the fantastic dr robert

    my impostor got off his leash. sorry about that.

  • the fantastic dr robert

    the impostor strikes again

  • Purvisman/Eternal Optimist

    You have my solemn blog word. And you know how serious that is.

  • Depcharger

    can watson play fullback? these guys need to make holes for whoever the RB is.

  • ENGLANDRAIDER

    RiffL
    We haven’t lost our RT, he’s still playing.
    As far as we know we haven’t lost our center while the donkeys have lost two and are working on their third.
    The donkeys didn’t “lose their center”, they are working on their third center for the year.
    Do I want to bring up the donkeys? I just did.

  • the fantastic dr robert

    this was pretty good.

  • Sir Raider Duck, OMS

    Is Kell the one named Michael?

  • the fantastic dr robert

    u can be the blog watch sergeant. nice eye.

  • ENGLANDRAIDER

    Don’t see where anyone said that.

  • Just Fire Baby

    Watson =not a starter
    One of the 3 guards obviously isn’t either, and Gurode and Pashos have been upgrades.
    And yes, PFF rated Pashos the 2nd best pass-blocking tackle in the NFL through 3 weeks (lol had to put that in).
    Bronco’s are playing guys literally that were out of football a year or two ago.

  • The Beeeeech Dawg

    When your mumsie told you how bad England got spanked in the American Revolution did you soil your knickers on the spot?

  • the fantastic dr robert

    that was a good one, impostor boy.

  • ENGLANDRAIDER

    Get (a) a life and (b) fuk’n lost.
    And, whatever you are, you wouldn’t last 5 seconds in any UK pub or for that matter on the street in general.

  • the fantastic dr robert

    sorry. my clone can be very rude. but u have to understand his “specialness”.

  • the fantastic dr robert

    my impostor likes u.

  • ENGLANDRAIDER

    Click this moron down so that he gets banned again.

  • lefty12

    Disagree.Watson was a projected starter

  • the fantastic dr robert

    the impostor is letting the zings fly today!

  • Purvisman/Eternal Optimist

    So i’ve always assumed.

  • the fantastic dr robert

    yeah!

  • the fantastic dr robert

    LOL.

  • the fantastic dr robert

    my impostor makes a solid point.

  • Just Fire Baby

    So was Matt Flynn.
    Doesn’t make him “the” starter

  • Raider_Riff

    Oh, cause Mady, Gurode, Pashos, and the rest were all turning down big offers to come here. smh.

    Our starting LT right now is playing for near the league minimum!!!

    I guess Pashos is only responsible for pass blocking huh? Does run blocking not count to you? Oh yeah, I forgot, it doesnt.

    List all the guys that the Broncos are playing that were out of football a year ago.

    Pashos, Mady, Gurode, Barnes, Nix, and Briesel would all be out of football like Barron if not for our current predicament.

  • 10centsworth

    I was thinking about it till I got ordered.

  • Goldie7

    We love the Brits!

  • Just Fire Baby

    Manny Ramirez was cut and didn’t even sit on a PS for a year. Completely out of football
    Chris Clark, waived by Tampa as a rookie, two years on PS in Minnesota, waived and picked up off waivers by Denver.

  • 10centsworth

    My fault, limey. I mentioned 1776. A nal minds.

  • the fantastic dr robert

    they especially love the impostor. he makes me even more famous.

  • the fantastic dr robert

    lol.

  • The Beeeeech Dawg

    Brahs, have any of you been to England? Are they all whiny little dweebs like EnglishDork?

    Man, I guess the Hugh Grant stereotype must be true. This fairy is so hurt over his country being waxed in the American Revolution he comes into our great American blog to have an extended period.

    Talk about a soggy crumpet.

    Oh yeah and Oasis bites.

  • 10centsworth

    me too. jus think they kneel too much. Between the church and the queen…hell of a lot of kneeling going on over there.

  • ENGLANDRAIDER

    You got “ordered” twocents?
    Was the order from Col. Klink? Lol.

  • 10centsworth

    you really got a problem with a Raider fan? In this regard? You’re no Raider. You ain’t coming across as kidding.

  • Raider_Riff

    Watson would be the starting RT if he was healthy.

    Go ahead and argue otherwise if you’d like. The semantics still dont change the fact that we are going to roll out a lineup that looks like this tomorrow…

    Barnes
    Mccants
    Gurode
    Mady
    Pashos

    That just screams pro bowl doesnt it?

    Give me a break. You’d actually rather have that lineup than the Bronco’s O-Line? Youre crazy.

  • Goldie7

    I understand, and we all have a right to our opinions. I’m just fond and protective of the British, because some of my family is from England.

  • Just Fire Baby

    And why is this assumed that Watson as a “starter” of about 8 meaningful games in his life at FSU (not counting the home coming games against FBS schools) would be an upgrade?

  • Purvisman/Eternal Optimist

    Jed Rigney
    3 hours ago

    While it’s unclear whether the Chargers are good, it’s quite easy to see
    that the Raiders are terrible. And if San Diego loses or only squeaks
    by, it’ll give us a much better idea where the team is at.

    What a yahoo.

  • 10centsworth

    Don’t get me started. I was a Vic Morrow fan. COMBAT. I like a guy that never washes his crotch. COMBAT.

  • ENGLANDRAIDER

    Just Fire Baby Raider_Riff

    •13 minutes ago •00

    Watson =not a starter
    One of the 3 guards obviously isn’t either, and Gurode and Pashos have been upgrades.
    And yes, PFF rated Pashos the 2nd best pass-blocking tackle in the NFL through 3 weeks (lol had to put that in).
    Bronco’s are playing guys literally that were out of football a year or two ago.
    +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
    I guessed your whole point Vegas. You’re right in this post.

  • Raider_Riff

    So you’d rather have:

    Barnes
    Mccants
    Gurode
    Mady
    Pashos

    Than the Donkey’s OLine?

    Go ahead, say it. I need a good laugh.

  • 10centsworth

    I love an “argument” where as a start the other guy relegates what you say as “semantics”? Is that playing verbal solitaire?

  • KoolKell

    How can anybody proclaim Watson is not a starter?

  • 10centsworth

    You suggest what I said alienates you? Is disrespectful of the limeys? Is it not true?

  • Purvisman/Eternal Optimist

    Had an ‘abnormal bone growth’ on my knee as a kid. Doc said it was common in surfers from kneeling on their boards. I didn’t surf. I went to a catholic school.

  • Raider_Riff

    McFadden was never a every down back in college. He shared the backfield with 2 other studs.

    Why are we trying to expect him to be a every down back all of a sudden?

    I guess it follows the same logic that somehow expects a inconsistent WR from Tennessee to all of a sudden get consistent if we anoint him the #1 spot.

  • 10centsworth

    Hold the other anecdote, ok??

  • The Beeeeech Dawg

    Old Troll, you get your head stuck in the microwave again?

  • Raider_Riff

    Im still waiting for JFB to list all the guys that were out of football a year ago so I can see if they even compare to this list of Arena League All-Pros

    Barnes
    Mccants
    Gurode
    Mady
    Pashos

  • the fantastic dr robert

    so we are a barometer as to whether a team is legit (creams us) or not (squeaks by).

    yay DA/pryor!