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Wisniewski returns to practice

The Raiders on Wednesday received a much-needed jolt of positive news regarding their battered offensive line with the return of starting center Stefen Wisniewski from a knee injury.
Wisniewski missed the past two games with an injury he suffered against the Washington Redskins. His return looms even larger, given backup center Andre Gurode still is sidelined by a knee injury.
The Raiders were so thin at center against the Kansas City Chiefs in their last game that career guard Mike Brisiel was forced into emergency duty when Gurode left the game. Brisiel last played center in 2007, by his recollection. And that was when Brisiel was in NFL Europe.
The news isn’t all upbeat for the Raiders and their offensive line, though. Right offensive tackle Tony Pashos (hip) still hasn’t been cleared to practice, though he worked with a team athletic trainer on a field adjacent to the practice fields today.
Wisniewski was in a similar situation Monday, so perhaps Pashos is close to making it back on the field with the rest of his teammates, too.
Rookie offensive tackle Menelik Watson still hasn’t healed well enough from his calf injury to take part in any drills.
So, the way the Raiders lined up offensively today figures to be what they go with against the Steelers on Sunday: Khalif Barnes, Lucas Nix, Wisniewski, Brisiel and Matt McCants, from left to right. If Pashos is able to play, he’ll bump McCants from the mix.
Beyond that, the Raiders are pretty healthy, with the exception of strong safety Tyvon Branch and left offenisve tackle Jared Veldheer, two players still a ways away from returning to action.

– Linebacker Miles Burris also worked off to the side with a team trainer as he continues his inexorable march toward a return from offseason knee surgery.

– We won’t know for sure until Thursday afternoon whether Sunday’s game is a sellout. However, early indications are that the game will sell out in advance of the league deadline and be televised locally.

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  • RediaR

    Project lineman haven’t been a problem, injured lineman have.

  • plunkhead

    Time for no helmets and weight limits and flags, pink flags.

  • JOn Wooah

    Raiders really claimed MARTEZ WILSON?? the aints cut him??

    WHAAAT? thats a huge pickup for the Raiders if true

  • JOn Wooah

    Raiders Waive Christi Blikadki

  • RediaR

    Bilukidi out

  • JOn Wooah

    Jayson
    Braddock ‏@JaysonBraddock
    5m

    Once again, Martez Wilson was claimed by the @RAIDERS . Oakland was 1 spot behind the Texans’ in claiming order. Didn’t claim him.

  • JOn Wooah

    Solid pickup

  • Just Fire Baby

    Today as part of National Save for Retirement Week, is National Pack-A-Sack lunch day, lol.

  • JOn Wooah

    ke Triplett ‏@MikeTriplett
    8m

    #Raiders (and former Saints secondary coach Dennis Allen) claim former #Saints LB Martez Wilson. No surprise he got picked up.

  • JOn Wooah

    Larry
    Holder ‏@LarryHolder
    8h

    For the a.m. crowd, #Saints linebacker Martez Wilson knew a lack of a 3-4 scheme hurt his playing time: analysis http://www.nola.com/saints/index.ssf/2013/10/new_orleans_saints_linebacker_65.html

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    New Orleans
    Saints ‏@Saints 2h

    Payton said he met with Martez Wilson yesterday about the move “I know he will have another opportunity…you want to see him do well”

    Seems like he was waived 10hrs ago.. Nice that the Raiders were on it

  • Just Fire Baby

    There was an SI article where Gronk was being a party “host/guest” at frat parties and house parties for a fee. He was basically going to wealthy college kids houses and doing keg stands and getting smashed for a few grand, lol. Seemed like an awesome dude.

  • RediaR

    Martez a pass rushing LB type?

  • GotNext

    With Bilukidi waived it’s time to start asking questions about Reggie’s drafting. I get the injuries, but not one player from his 2012 draft is playing a role this year. It’s a complete write-off.

  • JLofty

    Copy that!

  • Davy Jones

    Had one in week 4 of this year. 3 last year, for a career total of 5 in 2 1/3 seasons as a backup. Don’t want to oversell it, but it seems like pass rushing is in his toolbox. Good size, 6’4″, 242 lbs.

  • Davy Jones
  • Just Fire Baby

    Start??? Last years draft is producing next to nothing. If not for Rod Streater as an UDFA it would really be almost nothing.
    Granted he had limited resources in the draft, but it shouldn’t be much to ask that you get something to work with out of a 3rd, 4th and two 5ths.
    Something? Anything? Jack Crawford’s “production” this year is literally the only thing we are getting.
    Bergs, Criner, Burris, Crawford, Christo, Stupar. FANTASTIC

  • GotNext

    And with this guy’s record in judging QB’s I’m really worried about his talent evaluation skills. I fear that we hired a glorified accountant as our GM, who’s main achievement is getting our books to balance. That’s all great for the Davis’, but we need talent on the field.

  • Davy Jones

    Re: Martez Wilson http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PJxypHAvcLA Most of this is pretty pedestrian, and on his sacks and qb pressures it mostly seemed like he was a blitzer who isn’t picked up as opposed to making moves to beat someone. (Nice closing speed and a hard hit on Ponder, though.) BUT, the video saves the best for last, a strip sack and recovery off Alex Smith to go with his strip sack and recovery off Phillip Rivers. Those two guys won’t have forgotten Wilson, and I couldn’t think of a better two guys to say that about. Good pickup!

  • Davy Jones

    Credit where credit is due, both of these videos were posted on FB called
    “Al Davis The Maverick 1963-2011″

  • http://www.cosmicdanceband.com/ SilverandBlack666

    You can count?

  • http://www.cosmicdanceband.com/ SilverandBlack666

    Running with the Devil!!

  • Ron Mexico

    Yes, he can count. At least to 3. Most Raider fans can’t count to 4.

  • Daniel

    All of you so call critics that are going to blast MacKenzie on his drafting skills also needs to take a look at the FAs he added to this team to improve that horrible defense from the last few years.

    It’s just not about the draft. FA, draft, developing players, trade, the whole enchilada.

    Sure it would be nice to build from home grown players but no team has a perfect record with that. Even with the players drafted, you’re going to need to give them 3 years to truly develop.

    Get back to me after a couple of seasons and where our win total is at.