By Steve Corkran
Tuesday, September 4th, 2012 at 10:38 am in Oakland Raiders.
If wide receivers Jacoby Ford and Denarius Moore are going to play in the regular-season opener Monday night, it’s going to be on two days’ practice, at best.
Moore and Ford are not practicing today once again, Moore with a lingering hamstring injury and Ford with a sore foot.
Given the Raiders are off Wednesday, Ford and Moore are down to two full practices before the Raiders throttle down Saturday with a light practice.
Moore seems closer to returning than Ford, given he has been running in recent days. Ford still hasn’t been cleared to run, though he is out of the protective boot that he had been wearing on his left foot.
– Center Stefen Wisniewski and defensive tackle Richard Seymour are practicing today for the second straight day. That bodes well for their playing Monday night.
Wisniewski had been out since Aug. 13, when he suffered a calf injury against the Dallas Cowboys. Seymour missed more than two weeks with a sore knee after making an appearance in a game against the Arizona Cardinals on Aug. 17.
– Kicker Sebastian Janikowski is not at practice. Coach Dennis Allen excused Janikowksi for personal reasons. Not to worry, he is expected to rejoin the team well in time to get ready for the game Monday night.
– Allen is not speaking with the media today. Therefore, we will deliver interesting quotes from numerous players soon after practice ends.
– Teams are required to let the media watch at least 30 minutes of practice each day throughout the regular season. Most, if not all, teams limit the media-access period to the allotted 30 minutes.
Given part of that time is dedicated to stretching and running, it’s difficult to glean much information from in-season practices.
Media typically get the boot once full-team drills commence.
– The Raiders entered today $6 million under the salary cap. However, that figure will drop later today, when all teams are required to count more than their top 51-salaried players.
Teams now have to account for all 53 players on the roster, as well as those on injured-reserve and any other list.
Still, the Raiders will have enough money to make a few more moves, if the need arises.