Defensive tackle Tommy Kelly is practicing today after missing one day with a sore foot. Therefore, it’s likely that Kelly will play Sunday against the Atlanta Falcons.
It’s also looking more and more likely that defensive end Andre Carter is going to make his Raiders debut Sunday. He is getting reps with the first-team defense at right end today in practice.
Coach Dennis Allen said Thursday that he isn’t certain if Carter is ready to play in a game for the first time since he suffered a season-ending quadriceps injury for the Patriots last season.
In this case, actions speak louder than words. The smart money says, you will see Carter on the field in obvious passing situations and third-down passing downs Sunday.
– Right offensive tackle Khalif Barnes (groin), cornerback Shawntae Spencer (foot) and tight end Richard Gordon (hamstring) aren’t practicing today for the third straight day.
Given that, it’s unlikely that any of the aforementioned trio will play Sunday. Allen will announce their status to the media in about an hour or so.
So, look for Willie Smith to make his third straight start at right offensive tackle, Michael Huff to do likewise at left cornerback and David Ausberry and Brandon Myers to get more reps if Gordon doesn’t make a speedy recovery.
Beyond that, the Raiders are relatively healthy coming off the bye week.
– The Raiders are in the midst of a nine-game losing streak the game after a bye. They lost those games by an average of 14 points.