CHARLOTTE — Starting left guard Dennis Daley has been ruled out of Sunday’s season opener with the Raiders after missing four straight practices with an ankle injury.
Veteran offensive lineman Michael Schofield will start in Daley’s place. Schofield has started 66 career games, including 32 over the last two seasons for the Chargers. That gives him some familiarity with the Raiders’ defense.
“He’s had a good camp, so we’re very excited to have him go out there and play,” Rhule said.
Cornerback Stantley Thomas-Oliver III (hamstring) and defensive end Stephen Weatherly (hamstring) are questionable for Sunday’s contest. Weatherly was a limited participant in Friday’s practice, but Rhule expects Weatherly to play though he realizes the defensive end’s hamstring could tighten.
“There’s always a level of concern,” Rhule said. “He’ll give us as many snaps as he can.”