HENDERSON, Nev. — The Las Vegas Raiders will face the Baltimore Ravens in Monday evening’s season opener at Allegiant Stadium with an untested and unproven offensive line after four-time Professional Bowl left guard Richie Incognito was dominated out Saturday with a proper calf harm.
Incognito, 38, suffered the harm in a joint observe with the Los Angeles Rams on Aug. 19 and has not practiced since. He will probably be changed by John Simpson, a 2020 fourth-round decide who appeared in seven video games and began two, with each begins coming at left guard.
“He is a very good younger prospect,” Raiders coach Jon Gruden stated of Simpson. “We’re anxious to see our line. We all know we have got 4 new starters there in comparison with final yr at the moment, however we have now some gamers with actually massive upsides and this will probably be an amazing check for them.”
After an offseason that noticed Las Vegas commerce away middle Rodney Hudson, proper guard Gabe Jackson and proper deal with Trent Brown — and with the harm to Incognito — the Raiders’ beginning offensive line will probably be: left deal with Kolton Miller (a 2018 first-round decide with 46 profession begins), left guard Simpson (two begins), middle Andre James (first NFL begin at middle), proper guard Denzelle Good (16 begins at proper guard) and proper deal with Alex Leatherwood (the Raiders’ 2021 first-round decide, who will probably be making his NFL debut).
Raiders offensive coordinator Greg Olson stated Simpson was the “strongest participant on our group, testing-wise, when he got here again” for coaching camp.
“He is gotten quite a lot of expertise and reps due to Richie’s harm,” Olson stated. “So, we really feel snug there. And once more, we talked concerning the depth that we have now within the inside and he supplied us with nice depth and now he gives us with a starter.”
Gruden, in the meantime, stated Incognito, who was voted a group captain on the finish of coaching camp, was “getting higher” and thought he may very well be prepared for the Week 2 recreation on the Pittsburgh Steelers.
“However in the meanwhile,” Gruden stated, “we’ll let him get nicely and hope for the perfect.”
Incognito suffered a season-ending Achilles tendon harm in Week 2 final season. He has performed a minimum of 12 snaps in simply 13 of 32 video games since signing with the Raiders.