By Steve Corkran
Wednesday, October 17th, 2012 at 12:01 pm in Oakland Raiders.
Linebacker Aaron Curry is practicing today for the first time since the Raiders shut him down during offseason workouts as a result of sore knees.
Curry missed all of training camp and some of the offseason workouts while attempting to sort out the issue with his knees. That included a trip to Southern California for treatments from a specialist of some sort.
Curry arrived via trade with the Seattle Seahawks last season and started at weak-side linebacker. Coach Dennis Allen said Curry has spent his time while on the physically unable to perform list learning all three linebacker spots.
Curry isn’t apt to reclaim his old spot, given how well rookie Miles Burris played the first five games. Therefore, Curry will be used as a backup, when the Raiders go to a 3-4 or, perhaps, even in place of middle linebacker Rolando McClain.
For now, the Raiders are intent upon seeing how far Curry has progressed since his knees acted up during the offseason.
They have 21 days from now to decide whether to activate him to the 53-man roster, waive him or place him on season-ending injured reserve.
Curry hasn’t played in a game since last season. He last practiced in the middle of May. Allen said Curry’s conditioning figures to be the biggest obstacle to his return.
– Right offensive tackle Khalif Barnes (groin), cornerback Shawntae Spencer (foot) and tight end Richard Gordon (hamstring) aren’t practicing today.
Barnes and Spencer have not practiced since suffering injuries against the Miami Dolphins. Gordon has missed the past two games after suffering an injury during the Friday practice before the Denver Broncos game.
– Tight end Mickey Shuler was signed to the practice squad Tuesday, and he is on the practice field today, wearing No. 47.
The Raiders waived offensive tackle Nick Mondek from the practice squad to make room for Shuler.
– The Raiders are preparing for their first home game since Sept. 23, when they defeated the Pittsburgh Steelers. We won’t know until Thursday whether the Raiders sold enough tickets to avoid a blackout on local TV.
The Raiders sold out all eight of their regular-season home games last season. If they can sell out the Jaguars game, then it’s likely that the remainder of their home games this season will sell out.
– Right guard Mike Brisiel is back on the field, only three days after he suffered a concussion against the Atlanta Falcons.
Allen said Brisiel on Monday already had begun the league-mandated testing for players that suffer a concussion. Given Brisiel is practicing today, that bodes well for his playing Sunday against the Jaguars.