ALAMEDA – Menelik Watson practiced all week and it seems likely the Raiders starting right tackle will play Sunday against Tennessee.
He missed Week 2 with a groin injury, but should reunite the starting offensive line after one week off.
Austin Howard filled in for Watson against Atlanta after missing the season opener with an ankle sprain, and was put right back on the shelf this week. He has been declared out for Sunday’s game.
“We really appreciate the way he fought through last week,” Del Rio said. “It took a lot out of him. Now he’s back down and will be resting this week. He showed some toughness and fought through it.
“The group up front has done a great job of that to start the year. These things will start to settle down for us and we’ll get back to what we envisioned coming out of camp. The good news is the group is fighting through it and performing very well for us.”
The offensive line is still fighting through injury, with Gabe Jackson (knee) and Rodney Hudson (knee) questionable, but expected to play. Matt McCants (knee) was ruled out against the Titans.
The NFL doesn’t use the probable designation any longer. Cornerback David Amerson and defensive lineman Darius Latham are also questionable but expected to play after dealing with concussion issues. Both guys practiced Thursday and Friday.
The Titans are relatively healthy, though tight end Delanie Walker is questionable with a hamstring strain. On Thursday he told Tennessee reporters that he would play, though he missed Wednesday and Friday work.
Raiders Status Report
OT Austin Howard (ankle), OT Matt McCants (knee)
RB Taiwan Jones (concussion), C Rodney Hudson (knee), RG Gabe Jackson (knee), DL Darius Latham (concussion), Jihad Ward (hip), RT Menelik Watson (groin)
Titans Status Report
TE Delanie Walker (hamstring), OLB Derrick Morgan (hamstring), WR Kendall Wright (hamstring)
NOTE: CB Valentino Black (chest), CB Brice McCain (knee) and TE Philip Supernaw (back) did not receive an injury designation, meaning they will play.