|Rookie offensive lineman Tony Bergstrom, a third-round pick from Utah, may get his first start on Sunday when the Raiders travel to Baltimore to face the Ravens. (US Presswire)|
Right tackle Willie Smith's time in the starting lineup could be coming to an end.
Raiders coach Dennis Allen said he's considering replacing Smith this week with rookie Tony Bergstrom, a third-round pick out of Utah. What's more, Allen said that veteran offensive tackle Khalif Barnes will practice Wednesday for the first time since suffering a groin injury in Week 2 against Miami.
Barnes, who started 16 games last season and the first two this year, had surgery after his injury.
"We'll see how he practices and progresses throughout the week and we'll make a decision on him later in the week as to whether he's good to go for this weekend or not," Allen said of Barnes.
A holding penalty Sunday on Smith nullified a 47-yard touchdown pass to wide receiver Derek Hagan. He also gave up a sack.
"We're not going to close our eyes and act like we don't see things that are happening," Allen said. "We're going to try to address whatever needs to be addressed."
After being drafted, Bergstrom initially worked at guard, but he has spent most of his time at tackle since Barnes' injury. Bergstrom played tackle all four season at Utah.
"I feel like I'm ready and I'm just kind of waiting for that opportunity and I'm just filling in wherever I can help," Bergstrom said. "Whatever I can do for this team I'm happy to do."
Bergstrom has taken three snaps on special teams but has yet to play on offense.
If Bergstrom plays Sunday, he'll face his brother in law, Ravens outside linebacker Paul Kruger, who also played at Utah.
"It'd be hard," Bergstrom said. "But you have to do your best. Just another nameless face out there."
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