On Monday the Oakland Raiders released their depth chart and David Ausberry was listed as the number one tight end. The Raiders announced on Tuesday that Ausberry will have a procedure done to repair a knee.
“He may be out for a little while,” said Coach Dennis Allen. “We should be able to get him back at some point in time. I’m not sure when that’s going to be. We’ll have to evaluate that as things go along.”
Another disappointing start to a season for Ausberry. He missed the entire 2013 season due to an injury suffered in a preseason game. The Raiders have had high hopes for him , but he can’t seem to stay healthy. He only has nine receptions for 106 yards and no touchdowns in the least three years.
Second year tight end Mychal Rivera played very well in his rookie season. He had 38 receptions for 407 yards and 4 Touchdowns. He has been impressive in training camp. It’s not too much to ask of Rivera to take over the number-one tight end duties, although Rivera plays more in the slot and more off the line than Ausberry.
Brian Leonhardt is the next man up who will probably inherit more of the in line tight end duties.
The other two tight ends the Raiders have on their roster are both undrafted free agents. Rookies Jake Murphy and Scott Simonson will get more looks by this coaching staff and it could start this week against the Minnesota Vikings.
It is no secret that Matt Schaub likes his tight ends. This new Raiders’ offense has highlighted the tight end position, and it has showed in numerous scrimmages for Rivera and Ausberry.
Tight end Nick Kasa has also been banged up and has missed substantial time.
The Raiders have been relatively healthy in 2014, but this is a big blow to a position they were counting on to produce this season.