Beat writer Jerry McDonald spotted offensive tackle Joseph Barksdale carrying several items to his car while I was on the practice field a few minutes ago.
Word of this sight came a few minutes after a Raiders spokesman said Barksdale still is on the Raiders 53-man roster, even though a report Tuesday night said the Raiders waived Barksdale.
It’s possible that the Raiders simply are waiting until later this afternoon to make the move official, thereby pushing back the window for when teams can claim Barksdale off waivers.
Either way, we should know more this afternoon.
What is certain is, wide receiver Tori Gurley is with the Raiders, and he is practicing today. The Raiders signed him to their practice squad earlier today.
Gurley is wearing No. 19. The Raiders now have access to Gurley and Travionte Session on their practice squad if they need immediate help at receiver.
– Wide receiver Darrius Heyward-Bey (concussion, neck strain), right offensive tackle Khalif Barnes (groin), cornerback Shawntae Spencer (foot) and defensive tackle Richard Seymour (knee) are not practicing today.
It remains uncertain whether Heyward-Bey, Barned and Spencer will be able to return from their injuries in time for Sunday’s game against the Denver Broncos.
Seymour likely is being given the day off to rest his chronically sore knee.
– Tight end Brandon Myers is practicing today, only three days after he suffered a concussion against the Pittsburgh Steelers.
That makes sense, given coach Dennis Allen said Monday that seemed to be doing well on the heels of receiving a helmet-to-helmet hit at the end of a reception.
No word yet on whether Myers has passed the league-mandated tests for players that receive a concussion. However, it appears as if Myers is well on his way to recovering in time to play against the Broncos.
– Wide receivers Juron Criner (ankle) and Rod Streater (eye) are practicing at what appears to be full strength.
That’s good news for the Raiders, with Heyward-Bey a long-shot to make it back in time for the Broncos game.
Criner wasn’t active for the Steelers game. Streater got poked in the eye.