Oakland Raiders: Practice News and Notes from Monday August 27
Stuart Kovacs – Aug 27, 2012
On Monday morning, the Oakland Raiders participated in practice as they prepare for Thursday’s game against the Seattle Seahawks. Here are some news and notes as well as what head coach Dennis Allen had to say afterwards.
Monday’s practice comes after the team made 12 player cuts to get their roster to 75 players.
With the team facing the Seahawks in their fourth and final preseason game on Thursday, this will be another short practice week.
The media was once again limited to only viewing the first 30 minutes of practice as well as interviews afterwards.
On the injury front, backup quarterback Matt Leinart returned to action after missing the past few practices and Saturday’s game against the Detroit Lions with a cut on his right index finger, according to Vic Tafur’s Twitter page.
After practice, Allen told the media that he expected the former Heisman Trophy winner to play on Thursday.
“Yeah that’s the plan-for him to play this weekend.”
Kicker Sebastian Janikowski did not fully participate in Monday’s practice after suffering a groin injury in Saturday’s game.
However, the veteran did participate in the team’s stretching activities and also did some light jogging prior to the session, according to Steve Corkran’s Twitter page.
Defensive Back Pat Lee also did not practice on Monday. The veteran out of Auburn University experienced back soreness after Saturday’s game.
Defensive lineman Richard Seymour (knees), wide receiver Jacoby Ford (left foot),linebacker Aaron Curry (knees), wide receiver Denarius Moore (hamstring), tight end Richard Gordon (ribs), offensive lineman Stefen Wisniewski (calf), and offensive lineman Zach Hurd (head) all missed practice once again with injuries, according to Paul Gutierrez’s Twitter page.
Right before the media window closed, Seymour, Moore, Ford, Curry, Wisniewski, and Gordon all walked onto the field to observe practice, Gutierrez observed.
Seymour has missed several straight practices as well as the past two games. He has not been in action due to knee arthritis, according to Allen, who spoke with the media about the injury on Sunday.
“It’s more of a maintenance deal with Richard. He’s got some arthritis, basically, in his knee. So, he gets a little pain, a little swelling, we got to be able to manage that.”
However, Seymour said today that he, in fact, does not have arthritis. Allen, when speaking to the media after Monday’s practice, omitted the word arthritis and described the veteran’s injury as tendinitis.
“It’s the same issues that he’s been dealing with for a while now. It’s nothing more than some tendinitis, and it’s something that you’re going to have to manage. And when you get into regular-season games, you play through some of that stuff.”
Many fans are beginning to worry about Seymour and exactly what is preventing him from getting on the field. He is undoubtedly a vital part to the success of the Raiders this season.
Ford did not have a walking boot on his injured left foot after sporting one for the past several days, according to Gutierrez.
Even though this appears to be good news, Allen is not going to jump the gun and rush the receiver back from his injury.
“He was better today. He was out of the boot, so that’s progress. Is he closer? Yes. How close? I’m not sure.”
Curry is very likely to begin the season on the physically unable to perform list, according to Gutierrez. The former first-round draft pick out of Wake Forest has yet to participate in a single practice throughout training camp.
Allen is aware of this predicament but will wait as long as he can before making Curry unavailable for the first six weeks of the 2012 NFL season.
“I think the 31st is the day that we have to make a decision on what we’re going to do there and I’m going to wait until the very last minute to make a decision on what we need to do with him.”
Today’s practiced marked the first non-training camp session that was not in Napa.
Instead, the team returned home to Alameda to begin preparation for the Seahawks, and more importantly, the regular season.
While Allen really enjoyed his stay in Napa, he said that it was good for the players to return home and get used to the environment that they will be around for the next several months.
“It’s nice to get back home. I got a chance to sleep in my own bed a couple nights so that was good. I thought we had a good day at work today. It’s good for us to get back in this environment and get our guys used to the locker room here, the practice facility here, the weight room and all that kind of good stuff.”
Throughout the offseason, Allen has been very impressed with Ron Bartell and Shawntae Spencer who are the team’s new starting cornerbacks.
He has been fascinated with the veteran leadership that both guys have brought to the table and believes both have been tremendous additions to the organization so far.
“They played well the other night. They’re veteran players. Even though they might have missed a little time or they might be getting older, you gain something as far as their veteran leadership; you gain something as far as their understanding of the game. One of the things we wanted to make sure we did was bring the right type of people in the building and those were two guys that we felt like were the type of people that we want to be Raiders.”
On the offensive side of the ball, Allen has also been pleased with undrafted rookie Rod Streater and the effort he has given.
While he isn’t going to go overboard in compliments, Allen is happy with the progress the wide receiver has made and believes he can continue to develop and get better.
“He’s done a nice job as a rookie coming in. He’s an undrafted free agent player that we felt real good about. He’s one of the top guys that we wanted to get when it came to free agency. He’s done a good job for us. He’s got to continue to develop and get better. I’m not ready to put him in the Hall of Fame. Still got a long way to go, but right now he’s made some good progress.”
With the injuries to Jacoby Ford and Denarius Moore, the team has constantly been searching for someone to spark the punt return game.
Allen said that second-year cornerback DeMarcus Van Dyke has seen some time returning punts. As of right now it is an experiment but the coach is looking for production at the position.
“Potentially. We’ll see how he looks during practice this week, but obviously we’re looking to see who’s going to fulfill that role for us. We’ll explore whatever’s out there.”
As twelve players were cut from the team this morning, Allen sees the difference in terms of the amount of guys that are on the field during drills.
“It’s not as big of a notice as when you walk out on the first day it’s 53 men. There’s a huge difference there as far as the amount of guys that are on the field. I don’t think it was a big difference, as far as that’s concerned.”
The Raiders will resume practice tomorrow as they prepare for Thursday’s game against the Seahawks.
Raider Nation Times will continue to monitor the team’s progress as they prepare for the 2012 NFL season.
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