Oakland Raiders center Stefen Wisniewski was supposed to spend this summer gets lots of reps under center, solidify a bond with the team's QB's and anchoring the Silver and Blacks offensive line after making the move from left guard. Instead, he's on the sideline with injury waiting for his chance to return.
Wisniewski already missed all of the team's offseason workouts while recovering from shoulder surgery, but the calf injury suffered in the preseason game on August 13 has left him sidelined for more than a week now, causing concern for the season opener.
"He needs to get the reps," coach Dennis Allen said Tuesday. "It's football and you don't just show up and play so every day he's not out here he's a little bit farther behind. But he's been keeping up mentally as far as taking the mental reps and in the meetings, but it's hard to replace those physical reps you get here and in games."
Wisniewski tore his labrum early in the 2011-12 season and played with it for most of the year. He still was impressive for the most part as a key part of Oakland's line at left guard, but did struggle at times late in the season. Now he's trying to replace veteran Samson Satele who left for the Colts.
Now this calf injury is pushing back his time table even more as a large part of the Raiders schemes include movement from the line:
"You got to be able to move," Wisniewski said. "If you look at our O-line, that's one thing we all can do across the board. We can move, we can run, we're athletic."
Hopefully Wisniewski can get himself into game shape sooner or later or the Raiders may have problems at center right off the bat.