By Steve Corkran
Tuesday, October 25th, 2011 at 12:06 pm in Oakland Raiders.
Fullback Marcel Reece’s injured ankle finally healed enough so that he could return to practice for the first time in a month. He missed the past four games.
Reece suffered his injury against the New York Jets. Coach Hue Jackson hasn’t provided many details about the nature or extent of the injury, and Reece hasn’t been in the locker room during media access the past month.
However, it appears as if Reece is on track to return to action Nov. 6, against the Denver Broncos, the game after the Raiders bye week.
Cornerback Chimdi Chekwa also is at practice today and in line to play Nov. 6 after missing the past three games with a hamstring injury.
The outlook isn’t as bright for running back Darren McFadden (foot), tight end Kevin Boss (concussion), cornerback Chris Johnson (hamstring), safety Matt Giordano (neck) and linebacker Rolando McClain (foot/leg).
All five aren’t practicing, and their status for the Broncos game is uncertain. Jackson isn’t required to provide an update on the status of injured players until next Wednesday, and don’t expect one, either.
Kicker Sebastian Janikowski (hamstring) is on the practice field. He isn’t doing much once again. However, Jackson apparently is convinced that Janikowski’s hamstring injury isn’t a concern moving forward because the Raiders waived kicker Dave Rayner on Tuesday morning.
The Raiders signed Rayner on Saturday so that he could kick in place of Janikowski against the Kansas City Chiefs on Sunday.
Defensive back Ron Parker was waived Saturday to make room onthe 53-man roster for Rayner. On Tuesday, the Seattle Seahawks signed Parker.
Defensive tackles Richard Seymour and John Henderson, and safety Michael Huff also aren’t practicing. No word on what ails them.
Jackson speaks with the media in about an hour. Updates are forthcoming.
Quarterback Carson Palmer spent a fair amount of time working on sideline throws to his wide receivers in an attempt to get down their timing.
Palmer’s throws more times than not arrived on target and with plenty of zip. Palmer and the receivers said they intend to get in plenty of extra work during the four off days later this week so that they are in synch for the Broncos game.
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