The Raiders have placed right tackle Austin Howard on injured reserve, ending his season after he suffered a knee injury in Sunday’s win over the Denver Broncos.
Howard was injured on the first drive of the third quarter and was replaced by Khalif Barnes (for one play, the Raiders used Tony Bergstrom at right guard and slid J’Marcus Webb to right tackle).
But for Sunday’s game against the Green Bay Packers, Oakland is expected to start fourth-round pick Jon Feliciano at right guard and have Webb man the right tackle spot.
Safety Tevin McDonald was added to the Raiders’ 53-man roster to fill Howard’s spot. If active Sunday, can help out a secondary that will be without Nate Allen, who will miss his second straight with a knee injury. Allen has played in just five games this year after signing a four-year, $23 million deal in the offseason.
Howard was slated to be the backup at right tackle this season before Menelik Watson ruptured his Achilles in the preseason. Howard had started all 13 games until Sunday’s injury. Webb had exclusively played tackle before joining the Raiders, but has had a solid season at guard on an offensive line that’s been rated as one of the better pass blocking units in the league.