Oakland Raiders Training Camp: News and Notes from Day 15
Stuart Kovacs – Aug 19, 2012
On Sunday afternoon, the Oakland Raiders participated in their fifteenth day of training camp practice. Here are some news and notes as well as what head coach Dennis Allen had to say afterwards.
This was the team’s first practice since Friday’s 31-27 loss against the Arizona Cardinals. It was a session that was cut short and without pads. After practice, Allen said that the team was sluggish during the session.
On the injury front, punter Shane Lechler passed his physical and practiced for the first time this training camp after his offseason knee surgery, according to the team’s official Twitter page. Rookie Marquette King has been the primary punter during Lechler’s absence.
Tight end Brandon Myers and running back Taiwan Jones also returned to practice after missing significant time with injuries, according to Vic Tafur’s Twitter page.
Myers had a shoulder injury while Jones was nursing an injured hamstring. The return of both players helps the Raiders at positions where they are not extremely deep.
After practice, Allen said that he was thrilled to have Jones and his “fresh legs” back.
"It looked like he had fresh leg. He looked good and he was explosive so it was good to have him back out there.”
After being injured during Friday’s game against the Arizona Cardinals, wide receiver Jacoby Ford (foot), wide receiver Darrius Heyward-Bey (shoulder), fullback Manase Tonga (undisclosed) and quarterback Matt Leinart (cut on right index finger) missed Sunday’s practice, according to Tafur.
Allen said that Ford, who was wearing a boot, had no structural damage to his foot.
“It’s just really a matter of pain right now.”
However, despite leaving the game with weakness in his shoulders, running back Mike Goodson participated in today’s session, Tafur observed.
Defensive lineman Richard Seymour received the day off from practice, according to Tafur. Coach Allen said that because he’s a season veteran, he deserved a three day rest.
“He’s been playing in the league a long time.”
Defensive backs Michael Huff and Pat Lee, who both missed Friday’s game to attend the birth of their children, missed Sunday’s practice and are still with their families.
Linebacker Aaron Curry (knees), wide receiver Denarius Moore (hamstring), offensive lineman Ed Wang (shoulder), offensive lineman Stefen Wisniewski (calf), fullback Rashawn Jackson (hip), and offensive lineman Zach Hurd (head) all missed practice once again with injuries.
However, it appears that both Curry and Moore are extremely close to returning from their injuries.
According to Tafur, both players were off to the side working extremely hard with trainers trying to get back on the field.
During the practice, there weren’t any injuries to report, according to Allen. This is a positive as the team is trying to get over an array of injuries, especially at wide receiver.
During the session, punter Shane Lechler definitely impressed. According to Tafur, he was “booting punts just like always.” This is a good sign as Lechler appears to be fully recovered from his knee injury.
Quarterback Terrelle Pryor had two straight good passes, according to Tafur. He had a nice deep pass to tight end David Ausberry and then a pass to wide receiver Juron Criner.
Running back Mike Goodson, who left Friday’s game with weakness in his shoulders, also made some critical mistakes by not holding onto the football.
After practice, the former Carolina Panther was focusing on ball security. Allen talked about the importance of Goodson securing the ball if he wants to play.
“He has to. When you have the ball in your hand, you’re responsible for the football and you have to take care of it. He understands that”.
The Raiders will not practice on Monday due to NFL rules forcing them to take at least five days off during training camp. They will resume practice Tuesday as they prepare for their third preseason game against the Detroit Lions on Saturday.
Raider Nation Times will continue to monitor the team’s progress throughout the entire training camp period.
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