The Oakland Raiders selected safety Karl Joseph 14th overall in April's 2016 NFL Draft with hopes he'd become a playmaker on the field during games, but that may not come until a couple of weeks.
The rookie safety is still rehabbing from a torn ACL he suffered his senior season at West Virginia and sat out all of the offseason workouts before being ready for the start of training camp.
With the team gearing up to head to Arizona to take on the Cardinals, Joseph isn't exactly sure how much playing time he'll see but knows there's a couple of days left to evaluate where he is.
We'll see how it goes - we still have a couple of days - but I wouldn't be surprised if I don't play the first preseason game or two," Joseph told reporters Tuesday. "It's nothing to worry about. At the end of the day, I'm just trying to make sure that I'm fully 100 percent ready to go for that first game."
His head coach, Jack Del Rio, has never been one to get into semantics about injuries and playing time says that nothing is set in stone and they'll evaluate as the week and game go on.
“Yeah, I mean you know, when you get into playing time, we’re not dead set on it yet," Del Rio said after Tuesday's practice. "But, the typical way these first preseason games go is the first group will play [to the] end of the first quarter, no more than a quarter probably, and then we’ll get a good look at everybody else on the roster.”
The young safety hasn't played in a game since Oct. 3 of last year and is eager to get back on the field, but he also knows that he needs to be patient and make sure he's ready for the regular season.
"We haven’t exactly spoken about it," Joseph said to reporters after Tuesday's practice. "At the end of the day, it’s about getting ready for Sundays and that first preseason game. We would like to get some preseason action, but it’s going to be a day-to-day thing as we see how the knee is feeling."