Raiders coach Dennis Allen said he is hopeful of getting back some of his injured players this week. For now, he has to settle for seeing strong safety Tyvon Branch back on the field after missing most of practice last week, as well as the game against the New Orleans Saints.
Running backs Darren McFadden and Mike Goodson and defensive tackle Richard Seymour are not practicing today. All three missed the past two games with injuries.
Taiwan Jones, Jeremy Stewart and Marcel Reece are taking reps at running back in the absence of Oakland’s top two backs.
Allen said Monday that Goodson still was in a walking boot. McFadden ran around on the field last week, but he still hasn’t been cleared to return to practice. Both are recovering from high-ankle sprains.
Desmond Bryant is taking Seymour’s reps in practice once again.
On a positive note, linebacker Philip Wheeler and Jones are practicing today despite suffering injuries against the Saints.
– Defensive line coach Terrell Williams rejoined the team Monday, 10 days or so after his 4-year-old son passed away.
Williams is on the field, back at work, today. Let’s hope he finds a measure of comfort in being back around people that care for him and his family so much and that working helps him in the healing process.
– The Raiders still have not filled the vacancy on their 53-man roster created by the waiving of outside linebacker Aaron Curry on Tuesday.
– The Raiders are practicing on artificial turf today as a result of the recent rains. This is one of the few times in recent memory in which the Raiders used that field.