With Pro Bowl left tackle Donald Penn out for the season, the Raiders turned to rookie David Sharpe to protect quarterback Derek Carr’s blind side. Sharpe started Monday night’s game against the Eagles in place of Penn, who suffered a foot injury against Dallas and had surgery last week. It was the first NFL start for Sharpe, who had played just three offensive snaps this season entering the game. Head coach Jack Del Rio had declined to name Penn’s replacement during the week, though he said the Raiders knew how they would structure their line. Oakland’s other option was to move Marshall Newhouse from right to left tackle and start Vadal Alexander at right tackle.
Raiders rookie David Sharpe makes first NFL start
San Francisco Gate | Dec 26