By Steve Corkran
Monday, December 12th, 2011 at 12:42 pm in Oakland Raiders.
Wide receivers Jacoby Ford and Denarius Moore worked out with a team trainer Monday morning, once again seeing if they are far enough along in their rehab from foot injuries to return to practice this week and, perhaps, play against the Detroit Lions.
Ford ran with a nice burst, though he wasn’t seen making any sharp cuts or planting on his injured foot. He said afterward that his foot is getting better but he still isn’t sure if he is going to be able to practice with his teammates this week.
“There’s just certain things out there that we just worked on today,” Ford said. “We wanted to see how my straight ahead running was, just to see if I can actually do that and get up on my toes. That went pretty well today.”
Ford has missed the past four games as a result of the injury he suffered against the San Diego Chargers on Nov. 10. Moore has missed the past three games with an injury he received against the Minnesota Vikings.
It’s to the point where the Raiders need all hands on deck, given they are one game behind the Denver Broncos in the AFC West, with three games to play, and without much margin for error.
Still, Ford said, he won’t play again until he is certain that his foot is sound enough to where he can make a difference at receiver and on kick returns.
“I wouldn’t say I would want to rush back and not be able to be my regular Jacoby Ford out there on the field,” Ford said. “I definitely want to be the same player I was before I got injured. I wouldn’t want to go out there if I don’t feel confident in myself to play to the best of my abilities and hurt the team instead of help the team.”
Outside linebacker Kamerion Wimbley declined comment today, when approached for an interview.
In particular, I sought clarification on why the Raiders were penalized on Wimbley’s fumble return for a touchdown — defensive end Lamarr Houston got called for clipping during the return — even though the return was overturned when the officials ruled that Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers’ arm was moving forward when the ball came out of his right hand.
So, for that, we will turn to coach Hue Jackson, when he has his news conference at 2 p.m.
It seems odd that the penalty still applied, even though it occurred after the incompletion.
Wide receiver Chaz Schilens confirmed that he left the Packers game early on as a result of his aggravating the foot injury he suffered against the Miami Dolphins the previous game.
Schilens said his foot is “fine” and that he expects to play against the Lions.
“It’s just a little sore, that’s it,” Schilens said. “It will be all right.”
Raiders middle linebacker Rolando McClain spoke with the media Monday, despite saying last Thursday that he was “done” giving interviews for the rest of this season and the rest of his career.
Not sure if he changed his tune on his own accord or if the threat of a huge fine by the NFL — players are required to speak with the media — did the trick.
Either way, McClain spoke for more than five minutes on an array of topics. I shall post the entire transcript in a few minutes.
McClain was asked for comment about his role in an incident in Decatur, Ala., almost two weeks ago in which he was
arrested and charged with four misdemeanors, including third-degree assault.
A childhood friend of McClain’s accused McClain of holding a gun to his head, threatening to kill him and then firing the gun next to his ear.
McClain’s lawyer said his client is innocent. Coach Hue Jackson said he is confident, after speaking with McClain, that McClain isn’t guilty of all that he is accused of doing.
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