The Oakland Raiders will play Saturday’s AFC Wild Card versus the Houston Texans without their starting left tackle Donald Penn.
Penn is ruled out of Saturday’s game due to a knee injury that he suffered in the Week 17 loss to the Denver Broncos, according to NFL.com.
I did everything I could 2 play tomorrow I mean everything in tears right now haven't missed a game my entire career lost 4 words😡😡😡😤😤😤
— Donald Penn (@DPENN70) January 6, 2017
Penn, 33, has not missed a start since he took over the left tackle job with the Tampa Bay Buccanneers in 2007. Penn has played in 160 consecutive games, per NFL.com.
Penn’s absence could not come at a worse time. The Raiders are already without starting quarterback Derek Carr due to a broken fibula. Therefore, rookie quarterback Connor Cook will make his first start via the playoff game.
Cook could have used Penn as he takes on a Houston defense that ranks No. 1 in yards per game. The Texans also feature Pro Bowl defensive end Jadeveon Clowney, who has six sacks this season.
Now, right tackle Menelik Watson is expected to swing to the left side in Penn’s absence. Watson has made 17 career starts in his three seasons, including five at right tackle this year.
The Raiders play the Texans at 1:35 p.m. PST. It will be Oakland’s first playoff game since 2002. Raiders vs. Texans tickets start at $85 with an average price of $332. This is one of the pricier games at NRG Stadium this year, although it’s the cheapest of the four games this weekend for NFL playoffs tickets.
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