Burris practices for first time, Watson back on field

Linebacker Miles Burris is on the practice field today, as expected, putting an end to the long wait he endured whle rehabilitating an injury that required surgery.
Burris had the surgery soon after last season ended. Therefore, he has spent the better part of 10 months rehabbing.
Now that he’s practicing with his teammates, the Raiders have 21 days to evaluate Burris before a decision is made whether to activate him to the 53-man roster, place him on season-ending injured reserve or release him.
The third option seems very unlikely, given how well Burris performed as a rookie last season, when he supplanted Aaron Curry in the starting lineup and stayed there all season.
That the Raiders cleared Burris to practice signifies that they think he has a realistic chance to help them in games the rest of his season, even if he’s not in the staring lineup.
The Raiders are pretty set at linebacker with Kevin Burnett, Nick Roach and Sio Moore entrenched for now. Therefore, Burris’ return would give defensive coordinator Jason Tarver more flexibility in terms of using a 3-4 alignment more often.
Burris also has the ability to help out on special teams.

— Rookie offensive lineman Menelik Watson also is back on the practice field. He missed the past several weeks after he aggravated a calf injury.
Watson still is trying to stay healthy enough so that he can play in his first regular-season game. He was slated to begin the season at left offensive tackle until he suffered a knee injury that required surgery.
Watson worked at left tackle with the second-team offense during the early portion of practice.

— Right tackle Tony Pashos, left tackle Jared Veldheer and backup lineman Andre Gurode aren’t at practice today.
Veldheer was in Southern California earlier this week to see a specialist about his recovery from triceps surgery. No word yet on what he gleaned from that meeting.
Veldheer has been out all season after an injury that he suffered in training camp. He now is eligible to play in a game after being forced to sit out the first nine games, as required by players designated for return from injured reserve — teams are allowed one such designation per season.
Matt McCants worked at right tackle in Pashos’ absence. He has started two games there and played well enough to warrant consideration for staying in the lineup once Pashos returns.


Steve Corkran

  • R8erEduc8er


  • Guest

    Hello Where is everybody?

  • DJ Johnny

    Next post: “Watson injured again…this time torn pectoral muscle”.

  • DJ Johnny

    How about ‘Bowl Patrol’ in homage to the “Soul Patrol of the 70’s…and of course Mark Davis’s hairdo.

  • rifflicks

    Yahoo Sports top 10 plays of first half of season…..Pryor 93 yard run didn’t make the cut…….talk about bias

  • 8raiderreign8

    Mike Huff got cut today. Who saw that coming?

  • DJ Johnny

    Anytime you see a future hall of famer cut it comes as a surprise.

  • SlashNHack

    Sad that we couldn’t pull through against Washington or Indy. We could be 5-2….. Coulda shoulda woulda…. Just saying

  • Charlie

    Another one of my cut and pastes for you. See news about Huff.

    “Reggie’s primary job description as GM is to ensure
    that player talent and compensation are balanced.

    TALENT and COMPENSATION are linked in the NFL with
    the salary cap. No one can look at one without considering the other.

    Other than Bryant/Wheeler (who have yet to earn a
    penny under their new contracts) name a player that Reggie has cut and that
    ultimately signed for more money???

    Bush was a horrible value last year for Chicago
    gaining 411 yards on the ground playing 13 games.

    Reggie’s performance has been spot on.

    Sure Reggie needs to acquire talent but he cannot
    acquire it if he cannot pay for it.

    Step one is to ascertain if our roster in 2011 and
    2012 was worth the money.

    GRADE A+

    Thank you Reggie. Validated by 29 other NFL teams. (We will see about Bryant/Wheeler).”

  • Jon Train

    Gurode is the one I want back. Anything to get Lucas Nix off the field.

  • SlashNHack

    Speaking of injuries…. Are we not seeing less of those hammies that we did with our old “just wanna get paaaaid” roster ?

  • 8raiderreign8


  • J Hill

    Barnes can play there.

  • 8raiderreign8

    Another Al bust¡

  • SnBG

    Nice post Charlie.

  • 8raiderreign8

    Yeah. By not overpaying dead weight we are in great position for next year.

  • Dakota

    new post

  • SnBG

    I like Gurode also. I guess he just can’t handle the C position with his old knees.

  • loyal

    Buddy asked me the other day why “my” Raiders have been bad for 10yrs? I gave him 10 reasons…..from 2001 on.. D.Gibson, P. Buchanon, Nnamdi (not his fault), Gallery, F. Washington, Huff, JaMarcus, Dmac, DHB and McClain.

  • Purvisman/Eternal Optimist

    Veldheer back at C.

  • R8erEduc8er

    Bust after bust after bust after bust….

  • J Hill


  • Jon Train

    Can he? I like the idea…but has he ever played G before?

  • Raider Al from Atlanta, Ga

    Kameron Wimbley, DE/OLB with the Tennessee Titans.

  • michael

    I just want to see our O-line get better. With a better O-line better passing.

  • disqus_yeZNegncsV

    You shouldn’t have named Nnamdi–he was one of the few reasons we won ANY games.

  • CJ Legend 34

    Watson back in the fold….Matt McCants stepping up…Bring back Veldheer…And see what these guys can do. All three showed promise. We really need them back to sart running the rock!!! Not TP but get our RBs down the field. Would really help TP out.

  • R8drTahoe in SF

    Add the list of extremely under-performing FA that Davis brought in, and your friend should start to see the iceberg’s tip that sunk the Raiders. (Collins, Moss, Sapp, Washington, Wilson, Jordan, Walker, Seymour, etc.)

  • R8drTahoe in SF

    Glad to hear that some of the injured guys are getting back on the field!

  • I hope that the game plan this week calls for Marcel Reese to get the rock more, he is very under utilized so far this season. Put him in the slot, he was a wide out once and has great hands…..really anything to avoid a second half offensive collapse like last week against the Steelers.

  • R8drTahoe in SF

    Seems like the Raiders have unfortunately been having second half offensive difficulties all season long. I can’t really think of a game off top where the Raiders came out swinging as fast and hard as they did in the first half.

  • R8drTahoe in SF

    In other news:

    @caplannfl: Former #Texans OLB Sam Montgomery visited the #Raiders this week.


  • R8drTahoe in SF

    I don’t know if he’d be able to resist the Cannibus Clubs throughout the Bay Area though!

  • TrevJo

    the game plan always calls for more Marcel… on Wednesday!

  • TrevJo

    I’m okay with all of Reggie’s cuts. The challenge will be to make good signings when he has more cap room.

  • Gdog

    The Denver game was the only one where the offense looked much better after half than before.

    I guess we need to get blown out in the first half before Olson decides to roll up his sleeves for the second… not something I am looking forward to as a strategy…

  • Gdog

    I would tell him Gannon snapped his neck, and right after that we entered cap hell. Then Al got desperate knowing he was about to die…

  • R8drTahoe in SF

    Raiders practices courtesy Steve Corkran’s twitter/tout:


  • PlunkforHOF

    All of the above

  • gurneyhallack

    Very happy to see Watson back practicing after his long hiatus. I think he could be dominant. One thing that worries me is that the league will catch on and jump the slant route that Pryor has been throwing to Moore with aplomb. Pryor needs to develop a well timed out pattern that Manning throws to his WR. This will keep the defense honest.

  • PlunkforHOF

    An all-time NFL record.. Couldn’t agree more. I said the same thing as I watched.

  • It’s no secret Yahoo has an anti-Oakland/Raiders vendetta. It’d be nice to have some South Bay die-hard stop by and whack’em.

  • HexChrome

    Healthy o line will make a big difference. Get well soon veldheer!

  • HexChrome

    Ya that’s pretty bad

  • Chris in NY

    It’s a QB/head coach league. Look no further than that list over that time.