ALAMEDA — The Oakland Raiders expect to have starting right tackle Tony Pashos back for Sunday's game against the Houston Texans.
Pashos missed four of the last five games with a hip flexor and has been limited in practice this week while splitting reps with rookie Menelik Watson. Coach Dennis Allen, however, hinted that Pashos likely will start and Pashos later confirmed it.
That would be a big boost for the Raiders, who have allowed 36 sacks this season and will be facing one of the league's premier pass-rushers in Texans defensive end J.J. Watt.
"He's as advertised," Pashos said Thursday. "For such a young guy, he's doing a lot of great things in this league. You have to be on you're A game. You have to be at your best."
Oakland's offensive line has been banged up since training camp when starting left tackle Jared Veldheer suffered a torn triceps and was placed on the designated to return/injured reserve list. Veldheer practiced this week for the first time since then but has yet to be activated to the 53-man roster.