Raiders notes: CB Bartell returns to practice

October 31, 2012, 10:31 pm
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Ron Bartell suffered a fractured shoulder blade in the Raiders' season opener against San Diego on Sept. 10.Wednesday, the cornerback practiced for the first time since suffering the injury."He was limited in practice but yet he got a pretty good amount of work on the show (scout) teams," Raiders coach Dennis Allen said after practice. "It's more of a situation of getting him in football shape, more so than it is precautionary about the injury."Technically, Bartell is still on the NFL's new reserveinjured; designated to return list and the earliest he could be activated to the 53-man roster to play is the Raiders' Nov. 11 game at Baltimore."I don't know," Allen said when asked if he expected Bartell to be ready to face the Ravens. "We'll see when we get to that day."The Raiders also now have seven days and counting to decide whether to activate from the PUP list, waive or place on season-ending Injured Reserve linebacker Aaron Curry, who practiced again Wednesday.Allen was asked if the question with Curry was a matter of health or ability."Its a little bit a combination of both," Allen said. "We have to make the decision that we think is best for this football team as well as, listen, he hasnt played football in a long time. Its not like you just come out and start playing football after a week or two and everything is fine and good. Theres still some things we want to see out of him. Whenever we feel like its the best move for the football team, well make the move."Still, Allen admitted he thought Curry would be activated."But again," Allen said, "I dont have that crystal ball."For Curry to be activated to the 53-man roster, the Raiders would have to make a corresponding roster move. Linebacker Keenan Clayton has a shoulder injury and, "He's a guy that I've got concerns on," Allen saidAlso, the Raiders made a couple of practice squad moves, releasing defensive back Akwasi Owusu-Ansah and signing guard Jason Foster.

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