ESPN's Adam Schefter reports that free agent defensive lineman Trevor Pryce is in Oakland for a visit and will be "open to playing for the right price." This does not bode well for Matt Shaugnessy's chances for playing this coming Sunday against the Houston Texans.
This news comes after another report that defensive tackle Richard Seymour would most likely shift to end, with Big John Henderson starting on the inside.
Part of it could be that Hue Jackson is determined to shore up a defense that is ranked 29th against the run. Part of it could also be the health of one of their starting defensive ends.
Shaughnessy has one sack on the year thus far, but has been a presence at the line of scrimmage and in opponents' backfields.
Coming off of a seven sack campaign last season, the talk of the offseason was the improvement and dedication Shaughnessy has shown. He figured to be an integral part of the defensive line rotation, as he has been for the past three years.
A shoulder injury sustained in the game against the New York Jets sidelined him in the week of practice leading up to the following game against the New England Patriots. So far, Shaughnessy has not practiced this week.
Enter Trevor Pryce, who has not played a snap for any team this season. The last action Pryce saw on a football field was last season for the Jets.
Pryce has shown that he is versatile, playing in both a 4-3 and 3-4 alignment. The Raiders like to have versatile defensive lineman who can create matchup problems, such as Seymour and Lamarr Houston. Pryce seems like a fit, though whether he can be productive remains to be seen.
The absence of Shaughnessy proved to be bigger than expected this past weekend. The Raiders were unable to generate any pressure on Tom Brady.
The only time the Raiders put him on his back was on a personal foul penalty called on Seymour. Thus, the recent chain of events should be disconcerting for fans.
Shaughnessy is important to the Raiders' pass rush, so his injury. If it is for an extended period of time, it will be tough for the team to cope with. They face an excellent offensive team this Sunday in the Houston Texans. It will be up to the remaining players on the line to step up.
We will find out soon enough if that includes Trevor Pryce.