By Jerry McDonald - NFL Writer
Monday, August 26th, 2013 at 11:56 am in Oakland Raiders.
Linebacker Kaluka Maiava, out with an ankle injury since late July, returned to practice Monday for the Raiders.
Although the Raiders appear set as far as starting linebackers with Nick Roach in the middle, Kevin Burnett on the weak side and rookie Sio Moore on the strong side, Maiava provides depth at all three positions and has value on special teams.
Also returning to practice was strong safety Tyvon Branch (ribs), although it remains to be seen if he will play when the Raiders visit the Seattle Seahawks Thursday night in their final preseason game.
Players who weren’t practicing included wide receivers Brice Butler (hamstring) and Rod Streater (concussion).
The Raiders had no transactions to announce as practice began and still must trim four players from the roster to get to 75 players. The big cut comes Saturday, when teams must get to 53 players.