Wide receiver Denarius Moore returned to practice today after missing all of last week, as well as the game against the Chicago Bears.
The news isn’t as encourgaing for running back Darren McFadden (foot), receiver Jacoby Ford (foot), running back Taiwan Jones (hamstring), defensive tackle Richard Seymour (knee) and middle linebacker Rolando McClain (foot). All five are not at practice.
However, Ford is at least on the field, running from one side of the end zone to the other. He said Monday that he didn’t plan on practicing today but might give it a shot Thursday.
Fullbacks Marcel Reece and Mansae Tonga are practicing without any obvious effects from recent injuries. That gives the Raiders the prospect of having both fullbacks at full strength for the first time in awhile.
Even though Moore is back at practice, T.J. Houshmandzadeh is the one fielding punts. That likely is just in case Moore suffers a setback this week or aggravates his injury Sunday against the Miami Dolphins.
Three officials are working practice today, as has been the custom all season. The Raiders committed only six penalties for 44 yards against the Bears on Sunday.
The Raiders still are on pace to break the NFL record for most penalties (158) and penalty yards (1,304) in a season.
Cornerback Chimdi Chekwa posted on Twitter today that he is going to get his shoulder fixed once and for all. He supposedly was placed on injured reserve because of a lingering hamstring issue. Perhaps he is just addressing the shoulder issue as long as he has the time.
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