Injury updates on Wisniewski, Seymour, Moore and Ford

August 27, 2012, 12:07 am
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Center Stefen Wisniewski's strained right calf will keep him out of the preseason finale at Seattle on Thursday, defensive tackle Richard Seymour has arthritis in his knee, receiver Denarius Moore should play in the regular-season opener despite having not practiced since Aug. 4 and receiverreturner Jacoby Ford is still in a walking boot, even if he is able to walk pain-free without it.And that's your injury update for Raiders starters, per coach Dennis Allen on his Sunday conference call with beat writers.Of course, there are more details, but you get the gist, right?"Wiz won't play this week," Allen said. "He's not ready."There hasn't been a setback. The calf just hasn't quite responded as fast as I would hope."Wisniewski was initially injured on the first offensive series of Oakland's exhibition opener against Dallas on Aug. 13.Seymour, meanwhile, has only played in one exhibition game, Aug. 17 at Arizona, and has not practiced since.Originally, Allen said Seymour, entering his 12th NFL season, was getting the veteran treatment. And while that may still ring true, Allen added a new wrinkle Sunday."Seymour is more of a maintenance deal," Allen said. "He's got some arthritis, basically, in his knee. He gets a little pain, a little swelling, and we have to be able to manage that."The Moore update, though, was decidedly more upbeat.He initially strained the right hamstring in minicamp in mid-June and it hampered him early and often in Napa. But he was on the field running routes to test the leg before the Detroit exhibition and emerged relatively pain-free."I'm confident that he'll be ready for the opener," Allen said. "Now, I don't have a crystal ball, so I can't say for sure, but I think where he's at now in relationship to when we open on Monday night, I think there's plenty of time for him to get ready. And so I think if he continues to improve like he has the past couple of days, he'll be ready to go."In fact, Moore might see some time Thursday in Seattle. But"The last thing I want do is put him out there and have him pull up again," Allen said, "and now we're going into the regular season and he's going to be battling that all year long."Ford, meanwhile, is the most curious case of all.He has been wearing a walking boot on his left foot -- the same foot he sprained last year -- since going down against the Cardinals last week, even as Allen has said there is no swelling or structural damage to his foot. Allen said Sunday that Ford is able to walk "pain-free" without the boot, yet he still wears it."So I think," Allen said, "we're making some progress there."Allen added that he anticipated playing his healthy starters at Seattle, despite conventional wisdom saying they should sit in an ultra-meaningless contest."I really plan on most of those guys playing," Allen said. "I don't anticipate holding a lot of guys out. The plan is, if guys are healthy and good to go, the plan is to let them play."