By Steve Corkran
Thursday, September 27th, 2012 at 12:30 pm in Oakland Raiders.
Recently signed defensive end Andre Carter is at practice today, wearing No. 97 and seeking to get up to speed in time to provide a boost to the Raiders pass rush Sunday against the Denver Broncos.
Carter said he is at 100 percent after missing the latter part of last season with a quadriceps injury, while a member of the New England Patriots.
It remains to be seen whether he can learn enough of the defense and get into satisfactory football shape between now and Sunday’s game.
– Wide receiver Darrius Heyward-Bey (concussion, neck strain), right offensive tackle Khalif Barnes and cornerback Shawntae Spencer (foot) are the only three players not at practice today.
Therefore, it’s likely that Derek Hagan or rookie Rod Streater will start opposite Denarius Moore on Sunday, with rookie Juron Criner perhaps seeing his most playing time of the season.
It’s also a near certainty that Willie Smith will start in place of Barnes, with Michael Huff filling in for Spencer for a second straight game.
– Defensive tackle Richard Seymour is at practice today after missing the proceedings the day before with a sore knee.
A slew of players that were limited in practice Wednesday are on the field today. We won’t know until after practice how much they were able to go today.
The media are limited to viewing the first 30 minutes of practice, at which time the Raiders commence full-team drills in earnest.
– Broncos coach John Fox said Thursday that the suspension of linebacker Joe Mays was upheld, meaning Mays won’t play Sunday against the Raiders.
Mays was suspended for one game for a vicious hit on Houston Texans quarterback Matt Schaub last Sunday on a play on which Schaub lost part of his ear.