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ALAMEDA –- Khalif Barnes was practicing on Wednesday and, barring a setback, should be ready to play Sunday against Cleveland.
It’s uncertain whether he’ll start.
Menelik Wastson has played well since Barnes strained a quadriceps in Week 4 against Miami. Watson has only allowed two pressures in two starts and has been strong as a run blocker.
During the Wednesday practice window open to the public, Watson ran with the first-team line.
Watson was a first-team player throughout the offseason program and most a training camp before being supplanted by Barnes near preseason’s end. The veteran played well at right tackle after working at left guard, and his play didn’t warrant a demotion.
Whether or not Watson takes over remains uncertain, and interim head coach Tony Sparano was predictably noncommittal early in the week
“We’re going to have some decisions to make,” Sparano said on Monday. “Menelik did a great job in there again (on Sunday). Khalif has been a real staple for me at a bunch of positions, as you know. I really feel like he’s one of the leaders of that group and he hasn’t been out there, but Menelik has done a really good job. We’ll find ways to keep them all involved and to keep them all going. The good news is that Menelik is a young player right now that is getting better.”