Khalif Barnes: "It's next man up at Oakland Raiders"

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Oakland Raiders tackle Khalif Barnes admits that his side are struggling at the position following an injury to Draft pick Menelik Watson.

The Oakland Raiders have confirmed that tackle Menelik Watson will miss their season opener.

Watson, the 42nd overall pick in the 2013 Draft, was shifted across to the left after an injury to starter Jared Veldheer. However he has now picked up a knock meaning right tackle Khalif Barnes will start in his place.

"Unfortunately, we've got two guys hurt, so it's 'next man up,'" Barnes told reporters. "I've done this position before.

"It's been a little while but I'll get back on the bike and start riding again. It felt good. We're going to go out and play ball. No excuses. I felt good about it."

Oakland face the Indianapolis Colts in their opener on Sunday.

Khalif Barnes #69 of the Oakland Raiders stands on the sidelines during the closing minutes of their loss to the Miami Dolphins at Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum on November 28, 2010
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