By Steve Corkran
Monday, October 31st, 2011 at 12:43 pm in Oakland Raiders.
A player donning No. 21 is at practice right now. And, no, it isn’t Nnamdi Asomugha. However, it does appear to be veteran Lito Sheppard, who spent a little more than a week with the Raiders in training camp.
The Raiders have not announced the move, and none of the officials at practice would divulge the player’s name.
The need for a cornerback remains high, given Chris Johnson and Chimdi Chekwa are banged up and unable to practice much, if at all.
We should know shortly whether the new players is, in fact, Sheppard.
In other news, running back Darren McFadden still isn’t able to practice on his injured left foot. He suffered his injury against the Kansas City Chiefs and has missed every practice since that time.
Middle linebacker Rolando McClain, Chekwa and Johnson are at practice, but they aren’t participating in any drills.
Defensive tackle Richard Seymour returned to practice after missing both days last week. He has been bothered by as assortment of injuries of late. However, he looks good to go for the Denver Broncos on Nov. 6.
Kicker Sebastian Janikowski is on the field, but he isn’t testing out his injured hamstring. He is expected to play against the Broncos, as well.
All six of the Raiders wide receivers are practicing. They are doing so without being joined by veteran T.J. Houshmandzadeh, who is rumored to have worked out for the Raiders in recent days.
We should know more about who the new player is, what’s going on with Houshmandzadeh and everything else once we gain access to coach Hue Jackson and the players in another hour or so.
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