By Steve Corkran
Friday, September 9th, 2011 at 7:50 pm in Oakland Raiders.
The Raiders were about 25 minutes into their night practice Friday when a lightning flash lit up the Alameda sky. It’s enough to make wonder if coach Hue Jackson is busting open a can three days early.
Regardless, we didn’t need the added illumination provided by the lightning to see that tight end Kevin Boss, safety Mike Mitchell and wide receiver Louis Murphy aren’t at practice.
Jackson already declared Murphy out for the Denver Broncos game Monday night. Now, it appears as if he will be joined by Boss and Mitchell, given they haven’t practiced for more than two weeks — Murphy has missed even more time than Boss.
We should get a more definitive answer from Jackson once practice ends and we are allowed to throw out questions.
*Rookie Denarius Moore split time on punt returns with Nick Miller for the first time this week.
That means one of two things. Either Jackson still isn’t sure who he wants returning punts, or he is getting Moore some time back there in case Miller gets injured or struggles early on Monday.
*Rookie running back Taiwan Jones showed up on the official injury report with a foot injury.
Before the report surfaced, there was no mention of Jones’ injury from Jackson, Jones or any of the players.
Jones appeared fine at practice tonight. We will track him down in the locker room and see if he can shed some light on the origin and exten of his injury.
*Word has it that tonight’s practice will be shorter than each of the past two nights.
No, it’s not because of the lightning, just the way Jackson had it planned all along.
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