By Steve Corkran
Wednesday, October 12th, 2011 at 11:15 am in Oakland Raiders.
Fullback Marcel Reece, middle linebacker Rolando McClain and defensive end Matt Shaughnessy are not at practice today.
Reece and Shaughnessy missed the past two games, Reece with an ankle injury, Shaughnessy because of a sore shoulder. McClain hurt an ankle against the Houston Texans last Sunday.
The Raiders worked out linebackers Prescott Burgess and Kevin Malast on Tuesday, but they opted against signing either player. Also, Ricky Brown was placed on injured reserve Saturday, so he is out for the season.
For now, McClain’s backup is Darryl Blackstock, a core special teams player to date. He played under defensive coordinator Chuck Bresnahan with the Cincinnati Bengals in the past and in the UFL last season.
Tight end Richard Gordon (hand) also is not at practice. He did not play against the Texans as a result of the broken hand he suffered against the New England Patriots.
Cornerbacks Chris Johnson and Chimdi Chekwa are back at practice, though it appears as if they are limited. Both didn’t play against the Texans.
A player is wearing No. 32 at practice. Coincidentally, running back Nic Grigsby is not at practice. Well, at least in the white No. 32 he wore last week, when he was signed to the practice squad.
It appears as if Grigsby has been converted to defensive back. We won’t know for sure until practice ends, and coach Hue Jackson and the players are available to the media.
Kicker Sebastian Janikowski was named AFC Special Teams Player of the Week for his four-field goal performance against the Texans.
Three of his field goals were from at least 50 yards, only the fifth time in history a player has accomplished that feat.
Rookie quarterback Terrelle Pryor is practicing with his teammates for the first time since his five-game suspension ended. The Raiders now have three quarterbacks on their roster for the first time this season.
Not that it matters much, the way Jason Campbell is playing. Backup Kyle Boller has yet to take a snap in any of Oakland’s five games.
Former Raiders running back Napoleon Kaufman is a visitor at today’s practice. Coach Hue Jackson attends the church that Kaufman preaches at in the east bay.
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