ALAMEDA – Raiders left tackle Donald Penn went down hard late in Sunday’s loss to the Denver Broncos and immediately grabbed his knee. Thinking the worst was understandable given Penn’s grimace, but the durable veteran left under his own power and returned for the game’s final snap.
He said in an Instagram Stories post later Sunday that he would be okay, and Tuesday shared a photo of his knees getting treatment.
Penn missed Wednesday’s practice, but he should be active for Saturday’s AFC Wild Card game against the Houston Texans. It will take something serious to keep Penn out of a playoff game.
Starting right tackle Menelik Watson is Penn’s backup at left tackle, as he was against the Broncos. Austin Howard or Vadal Alexander would man right tackle if Watson needs to shift.
Penn, Nate Allen and Derek Carr were the only Raiders out for Wednesday’s practice, though there were several limited participants.
That list includes quarterback Matt McGloin, who suffered a left shoulder/neck injury due to an illegal hit from the Broncos. It was uncertain how much work McGloin would get, but he was active with the second unit during portions of practice open to the press. Health was part of the reason the Raiders decided to start Connor Cook, though the rookie also outperformed McGloin at Denver.
The Raiders are hoping McGloin can be active as a backup against Houston, which would seem likely if he’s active again on Thursday. Recently signed practice squad passer Garrett Gilbert would be an emergency option if McGloin can’t go.
Safety Karl Joseph was limited, though he is expected to play on Saturday. Backup Bryden Trawick is also getting prepped should Joseph suffer a setback and Allen not pass through the NFL’s concussion protocol.
Raiders participation report
Did not practice: QB Derek Carr (ankle), S Nate Allen (concussion), LT Donald Penn (knee)
Limited participation: LG Kelechi Osemele (ankle) S Karl Joseph (toe), WR Amari Cooper (shoulder), WR Michael Crabtree (ankle), WR Andre Holmes (shoulder), LB Malcolm Smith (hamstring), QB Matt McGloin (shoulder)
Full participation:DT Stacy McGee (groin), OT Austin Howard (shoulder)
Texans participation report
Did not participate: QB Tom Savage (concussion), OLB John Simon (chest)
Limited participation: G Jeff Allen (ankle), CB A.J. Bouye (groin), OT Chris Clark (ankle), S Quentin Demps (hamstring), FB Jay Prosch (ankle/knee)
Full participation: DE Jadeveon Clowney (elbow/wrist), OLB Brian Cushing (ankle), TE Ryan Griffith (quad), CB Kareem Jackson (neck), S Don Jones (elbow), CB Johnathan Joseph (ribs/shoulder), RB Lamar Miller (ankle), K Nick Novak (shoulder)