ALAMEDA, Calif. — So what if Donald Penn is in his 11th NFL season? The Oakland Raiders‘ Pro Bowl left tackle, whose holdout lasted through training camp and two preseason games, still gets a case of the nerves.

Especially with how little actual football work he got before the season opener against the Tennessee Titans.

“I’m not going to lie to you guys,” Penn told reporters this week, “but I was worried going into that dang game. I played a couple plays in that Dallas [preseason] game and then, in practice, I was pushing myself extra hard, [more] than I usually do, just trying to get ready. Because I really didn’t know.”

Penn said the Raiders’ staff had a plan in place to rotate at left tackle should he have needed a rest. Instead, he played all 66 snaps.

“I got an IV before the game, something I usually don’t do, just to be proactive. And then, once the [game] started flowing, I was surprised,” Penn said. “I was surprised in myself with how good of shape I was in and how I went through that game.”

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