The Oakland Raiders suffered a blow to their offensive line in the third quarter on Sunday.
According to Pro Football Focus, right tackle Menelik Watson sustained a groin injury. He left the field on his own power.
That is a not an injury this new and improved Raiders team needs to start the season. With quarterback Derrick Carr and former Alabama wide receiver Amari Cooper emerging as stars, the Raiders were looking to let it fly against the entire league.
The Raiders are currently trailing the New Orleans Saints 24-10 in their season opener. Running back Latavius Murray scored their only touchdown on a 6-yard run. That score capped a 7-play, 91-yard drive. Kicker Sebastian Janakowski buried a 47-yard field goal for the other score.
Quarterback Drew Brees is having a big day. Halfway through the third quarter he had gone 18-for-27 for 309 yards and 3 touchdowns, with no interceptions.
One of those scores was a 98-yard bomb to wide receiver Brandon Cooks.
Carr’s stats, by comparison, don’t look good. In reality, he has had a strong first game up to this point, going 15-for-23 for 163 yards. Cooper has picked up right where he left off last season. He has 5 catches for 94 yards.