By Jerry McDonald - NFL Writer
Thursday, September 30th, 2010 at 1:08 pm in Oakland Raiders.
Wide receiver Louis Murphy was back on the field with his injured clavicle but looked something less than 100 percent.
During drills, Murphy ran a route down the left sideline at about three-quarter speed and raised only one arm in an unsuccessful attempt to catch the ball. He then removed his helmet and watched from near the end zone, later helping cornerback Nnamdi Asomugha with his daily stretching routine.
Murphy leads Raiders wide receivers with 15 receptions for 238 yards and a touchdown, followed by Darrius Heyward-Bey (10 receptions, 140 yards).
The only other wide receivers with receptions are Yamon Figurs (2 receptions, 17 yards), who was waived after the opener, and Johnnie Lee Higgins (1 reception, 2 yards). Oakland hasn’t employed a lot of three-wide receiver sets, choosing to keep fullback Marcel Reece in the game and bringing in Khalif Barnes as an extra blocker rather than flooding the field with extra wide outs.
Higgins would be the receiver most likely to get extensive time should Murphy be unable to play.
Players who were suited up and went through some drills as practice began included defensive tackle Richard Seymour (hamstring) and cornerback Chris Johnson (ankle).
Those who weren’t present included left guard Robert Gallery (hamstring), defensive tackle John Henderson (foot), cornerback Walter McFadden (Hamstring), Schilens (knee), linebacker Ricky Brown (hamstring) and linebacker Travis Goethel (lower back).