By Steve Corkran
Sunday, September 4th, 2011 at 1:16 pm in Oakland Raiders.
Just returned from watching practice and got my first look at the 53-man roster. Already, it looks different than the team that was settled upon last night.
The Raiders cut offensive lineman Seth Wand and replaced him on the active roster with veteran linebacker Ricky Brown.
Brown was cut by the New England Patriots and quickly re-signed with the only NFL team he has known his five seasons. For now, he figures to be a backup.
*The Raiders moved quick to sign the following eight players to their practice squad: Fullback Manase Tonga, wide receiver Eddie McGee, offensive lineman Alex Parsons, tight end Kevin Brock, defensive end Mason Brodine, defensive tackle Jamie Cumbie, linebacker Jeremy Leman and cornerbacks Sterling Moore.
All eight players were cut by the Raiders on Saturday and cleared waivers. The Raiders are at full capacity for their practice squad.
*Safety Stevie Brown was cut by the Raiders at the end of training camp last year, but he was re-signed one day later. Not this time.
Brown was cut Saturday, but he signed with the Carolina Panthers and is on their 53-man roster.
*Running back Taiwan Jones switched from No. 36 to No. 22, cornerback DeMarcus Van Dyke went from No. 38 to No. 23 and safety Jerome Boyd is wearing No. 30 again after sporting No. 40 during camp.
*Receiver Chaz Schilens is practicing with the rest of his teammates for the first time since he suffered an undisclosed injury against the Arizona Cardinals on Aug. 11.
At this rate, it would seem likely that he will be healthy enough to play against the Denver Broncos on Sept. 12.
The Raiders aren’t required to disclose the nature of players’ injuries until Thursday. The disclosure day typically is the Wednesday before a game. However, since the Raiders are playing on Monday night, they get an extra day to play the guess-the-injury game.
*Still no sign of receiver Louis Murphy and safety Mike Mitchell. This likely means that they won’t be available for the Broncos game.
Coach Hue Jackson already has said that Murphy won’t play in that game. He has been far less definitive in terms of Mitchell’s status.
*Defensive tackle Richard Seymour is back at practice with the rest of his teammates. He reportedly had a hamstring issue the past couple of weeks. He missed Oakland’s final two exhibition games and several days of practice before today.
Cornerback Chris Johnson also looked fine during practice, and he remains on pace to play against the Broncos.
*Nick Miller was the lone guy returning punts in practice. That portends his handling that role against the Broncos, though there’s still time for Jackson to take a longer look at Denarius Moore and Jacoby Ford in practice the rest of this week.