Wide receiver Jacoby Ford walked on to the practice field well after practice started, with his left foot in a walking boot. Before long, he walked past fellow injured wide receiver Denarius Moore. It’s enough to conjure images of a rookie starting opposite Darrius Heyward-Bey in the regular-season opener Sept. 10.
This has to be a sobering sight, if not thought, for first-year head coach Dennis Allen as he wraps up his first training camp today.
Moore has missed most of training camp, as well as both exhibition games, with a lingering hamstring injury. There is no timetable for his return, though he certainly looks closer than Ford at this point.
So, for now, there figures to be a ton of playing time for rookies Juron Criner and Rod Streater, as well as other hopefuls, Saturday night against the Detroit Lions, if not beyond.
Offensive coordinator Greg Knapp said Wednesday that injuries to Moore and Ford are somewhat of a blessing in disguise in terms of the younger receivers getting more practice and playing time.
Yet, Knapp and Allen aren’t blinded by the fact that the Raiders are a better team with Moore and Ford at their disposal.
In the long run, shutting down Moore figures to be a wise move, given he is experienced enough to know the offense and play in a real game without as much practice time as Criner and Streater.
– Defensive tackle Richard Seymour was on the practice field, but he sat out for the fourth straight time since he played against the Arizona Cardinals on Friday night.
Allen said Wednesday that Seymour isn’t injured and that Seymour is being held out as a means of helping him be fresh for the regular season.
– Linebacker Aaron Curry still isn’t able to practice, which means he will have, at most, only two weeks to prepare for the regular-season opener. That’s assuming he is able to practice for the first time Monday, when the Raiders resume their preseason workouts in Alameda.
– Center Stefen Wisniewski (calf) missed practice, too, which means that he likely won’t play Saturday night. Alex Parsons is in line to fill in for Wisniewski for the second straight game.