By Steve Corkran
Monday, October 21st, 2013 at 11:56 am in Oakland Raiders.
The Raiders are back on the practice field today after spending the past four days recharging their batteries during the bye week.
Well, most of the Raiders, are on the field, anyway. As has been the case all season, the Raiders aren’t anywhere near full strength in terms of their offensive line.
In fact, the Raiders are in as bad a shape on the offensive line as they have been since training camp opened.
On Monday, the Raiders practiced with Khalif Barnes, Lucas Nix, Lamar Mady, Mike Brisiel and Matt McCants on the first-team line.
Regular center Stefen Wisniewski worked with a team trainer off to the side as he continued his rebab from a knee injury. His status for Sunday’s game against the Pittsburgh Steelers is questionable, though an official designation won’t be given until Friday.
Left offensive tackle Jared Veldheer still is in the midst of his rehab from a torn triceps that he suffered during training camp. He isn’t expected back until Nov. 3, at the earliest.
Right offensive tackle Tony Pashos remains out with a hip injury that he suffered against the Kansas City Chiefs on Oct. 13. Rookie Menelik Watson (calf) and primary backup Andre Gurode (knee) also aren’t healthy enough to practice.
As a result, the Raiders signed Jason Foster to their practice squad Monday, as another layer of insurance. He was with the Raiders last season and this year during camp.
Beyond that, the Raiders are healthy at just about every other position, with the exception of strong safety, where Tyvon Branch remains out with an ankle injury.
– Linebacker Miles Burris also worked out with a team trainer during the early portion of practice today.
He is eligible to come off the physically unable to perform list because he already spent the required six weeks there. The fact the Raiders haven’t cleared him to practice yet signals that Burris’ recovery isn’t complete.
If the Raiders clear Burris for practice, they have 21 days in which to make a move with Burris. The options are: activate him to the 53-man roster, place him on season-ending injured reserve or release him.