If Richie Incognito is to help the Raiders offensive line this season he'll have to wait until Week 3 after Friday's announcement the talented but troubled guard has been suspended for the first two games of the season for violating the NFL's personal conduct policy.
The Raiders signed the four-time Pro Bowler in late May fully realizing he was likely facing discipline from the league for an incident last year at an Arizona funeral home.
"It's a one-year, minimum prove it deal and we feel that (he has incentive) to stay straight," general manager Mike Mayock said after Incognito signed a one-year deal. "I feel comfortable that he's going to compete on the field and I feel comfortable he's going to compete off the field, and we're going to provide the infrastructure for him. At the end of the day it's a two-way street, we've got to help him help himself."
The 35-year-old Incognito will be able to practice with the team and even participate in preseason games, but he'll miss the Raiders' season opener at home against the Broncos on Sept. 9, as well as a matchup with the Chiefs in Oakland the following week.
Denzelle Good is the early favorite to start at left guard instead of Incognito, the projected starter, until Week 3 in Minnesota when Incognito is eligible to play.
The Raiders hope the additions of right tackle Trent Brown from the Patriots and Incognito, a pair of Pro Bowlers, will help them better protect quarterback Derek Carr, who was sacked a career-high 51 times last season.
Incognito last played with the Bills in 2017, starting all 16 regular season games and a playoff game while making the Pro Bowl. He sat out last season after he was arrested on suspicion of disorderly conduct and criminal threats at a funeral home before his father's funeral.
Incognito pleaded guilty to one count of disorderly conduct in April, while charges of making threats and damaging property were dismissed.