David Ausberry and rookie Menelik Watson will miss a second straight game for the Oakland Raiders on Sunday with both players dealing with nagging injuries. Ausberry has been dealing with a shoulder injury suffered during the preseason while Watson recently underwent surgery on his knee which was injured during practice heading into Week 1.
Along with Watson and Ausberry stuck watching from the sidelines for the home opener against the Jacksonville Jaguars, a few other players for the Raiders are banged up and won’t be 100 percent healthy in Week 2. Although Watson and Ausberry were the only two non-participants in Friday’s practice, newcomer Kaluka Maiava, veteran kicker Sebastian Janikowski and safety Tyvon Branch were all limited.
Fortunately for the Raiders, all three players that were limited in practice on Friday will likely be on the field on Sunday against the Jaguars.
Here’s a list of the players currently on the Raiders final injury report heading into Week 2:
Tight End David Ausberry (Shoulder) – OUT
Strong Safety Tyvon Branch (Shoulder) – PROBABLE
Kicker Sebastian Janikowski (Calf) – PROBABLE
Left Tackle Menelik Watson (Knee) – OUT
Outside Linebacker Kaluka Maiava (Groin) – QUESTIONABLE
As for the Jaguars, the list of players either set to miss the game or won’t be near 100 percent is rather extensive. Jacksonville’s biggest blow may be at the quarterback position with starter Blaine Gabbert dealing with a laceration on his right hand that will keep him out against Oakland.
Along with Gabbert, the Jaguars will be without Dwayne Gratz (ankle) and will have five players either doubtful or questionable. Tight end Marcedes Lewis is currently doubtful with a calf injury while Will Rackley (knee), J.T. Thomas (hamstring), Alan Ball (groin) and Mike Brown (back) are all considered questionable.