By Steve Corkran
Thursday, September 19th, 2013 at 12:04 pm in Oakland Raiders.
ALAMEDA — Left guard Lucas Nix, strong safety Tyvon Branch and tight end David Ausberry are not practicing today as the Raiders continue their preparation for a game against the high-flying Denver Broncos.
None is expected to play Monday night against the Broncos, though they haven’t been ruled out quite yet. Coach Dennis Allen and the Raiders are forced to divulge the status of their players today.
Andre Gurode is working at left guard in Nix’s absence, Brandian Ross and Usama Young are filling in for Branch, while Jeron Mastrud and Mychael Rivera are expected to split reps until Ausberry makes his 2013 debut.
Kicker Sebastian Janikowski worked on his kicks in the early portion of practice. He showed no signs of being bothered by the calf injury that dogged him the latter part of training camp and into the regular season.
He missed a 48-yard field-goal attempt against the Colts in the opener and a 35-yarder against the Jaguars last Sunday.