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When the Raiders visit the Green Bay Packers Friday night, Marcel Reece expects to put his best foot forward. And the other one, too.
Coach Dennis Allen may think better of it by game time at Lambeau Field, but saw enough out of Reece Wednesday to consider playing him in the Raiders’ third-preseason game.
“He looked good out there running around so he should be good to go for the game,’’ Allen said.
Reece, a two-time Pro Bowl player and one of the Raiders most versatile offensive weapons, is wearing a protective boot on his right foot _ similar to the ones worn at times by Darren McFadden (Lisfranc injury) and DJ Hayden (stress fracture).
The injury occurred in a 27-26 win over the Detroit Lions Friday night. McFadden did not complete practice Sunday, then sat out Monday. In the meantime, there were X-rays and an MRI.
“It’s always kind of scary when you’re not used to being hurt and you don’t really feel right,’’ Reece said. “Anything below the waist is the worst because that’s where we make our living, running.
“(It’s) still not completely right . . . the deal is right now I’ll stay in the boot until I step on the field. I won’t aggravate it any more and hopefully it will maybe make it feel a little better.’’
Allen will go no further than identifying Reece’s injury as a “foot’’ and Reece said “I haven’t told anybody. There are probably three people in this world that know what’s going on. If I’m able to be on the field, I’m going to be on the field. That’s all anyone needs to know.’’
With the improvement Reece has felt in the last two days, he doesn’t believe his foot will need to be managed throughout the course of the season.
“I don’t think it will be a thing like that,’’ Reece said. “I feel that after this week’s game maybe just get a little rest before New York (on Sept. 7) and it will be 100 percent. It’s feeling better every day.’’
Said Allen: “Obviously if it becomes a hindrance we’ll have to manage it, but if not, we’ll let him go out there and play.’’
Reece does not question the wisdom of playing in the preseason when he could be held out and heal more fully for the regular-season opener. If Reece were to sit out against the Packers and Seattle Seahawks, Jamize Olawale and Karl Wilson would assume the work at fullback.
“My job is just to go out there and play,’’ Reece said. “If coach tells me they don’t want me to play in a preseason game I’ll respect their decision. I want all my teammates to know as a leader and a captain of this team that if I’m able to play and help them win I’ll be out there if it’s a preseason game, Super Bowl, first week of the season, no matter what.’’
– Rookie quarterback Derek Carr practiced again, but Allen isn’t sure if he will play against Green Bay.
“We haven’t made that determination yet,’’ Allen said. “We’re going to be cautious with that to make sure he’s good to go before we put him back out there.’’
Last season, Allen sat Terrelle Pryor in favor of Matt Flynn for a regular-season game against Washington even though Pryor had passed all the NFL concussion tests.
If Carr doesn’t play, Matt McGloin would get time with the second unit and Allen didn’t rule out the possibility of Trent Edwards getting his first game action.
Defensive tackle Justin Ellis, offensive tackle Matt McCants and wide receiver Brice Butler have not been cleared to play and are working through the NFL concussion protcocol.
Ellis remains working with the training staff 12 days after his concussion. Boyd, who is at least on the field although limited, is the furthest along of the three.