What would Curry bring to the Raiders defense?

November 8, 2012, 3:59 pm
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ALAMEDA -- Just because Aaron Curry was activated to the Raiders' 53-man roster on Tuesday does not guarantee the linebacker will be activated to play for the Raiders on Sunday in Baltimore.But it's a safe bet."I anticipate him playing," Raiders coach Dennis Allen said on Wednesday. "I anticipate him filling the role as a linebacker and playing a little bit of linebacker and also playing on special teams. At the end of the day, it had to do with getting another experienced linebacker that can get out there and help us and potentially even spell some guys so everybody doesnt have to play quite so many plays all the time. I think, as good players as you can have, as many experienced players as you can have, the better off youre going to be."REWIND: Raiders activate Aaron Curry off PUP list
Sore knees kept him sidelined through training camp, where he talked to CSNCalifornia.com about his undergoing stem-cell treatments using bone marrow from his hips, and he had been on the PUP list since Aug. 31.In his absence, rookie Miles Burris has been starting at weakside linebacker and Curry, the No. 4 overall pick of the 2009 draft by Seattle, has been working at all three linebacker spots since returning to practice three weeks ago.So what does he plan on bringing to a Raiders defense that gave up more than 500 yards of total offense last weekend if he does play Sunday?"I just want to be a bottle of energy and passion," Curry said. "Thats what football is about. Playing defense is about energy, and its about bringing passion to the game, its about bringing passion to the team, its about being able to be relied on, be reliable to your teammates that youll always have something full of energy, whether its words, whether its plays, whether its encouragement. I just want to be a positive person."Ive been studying all positions across the D-line, across the linebackers, knowing the secondary. Ive had nothing else to do but study football, which has been good. Which I think was the purpose of all this, was for me to learn football more in depth, to give myself an advantage, that when its time to go, Ill be a step ahead of everybody."RELATED: Raiders injury report -- Seymour sits out Wednesday practice
The 6-foot-2, 255-pound Curry was acquired in a trade with the Seahawks last October and played in 11 games, nine starts, for the Raiders. He recovered two fumbles, including one for a touchdown. In his career, he has five and-a-half sacks, four forced fumbles, recovered two fumbles and defensed 12 passes.Curry insisted he never doubted he would play this season, and said he would. Not even with how far behind physically he was with the knees."I was at a point where I couldnt walk up and down stairs," he said. "But now I could drop my hips and hit you as hard as I want to hit you."I always kept the faith because I knew that, based on Romans 8:28, thatsomething good would come out of this storm, out of this circumstance," he said. "I just stood fast, trusted the Lord and just kept pushingif theres a football on the field and somebody needs a breather, Im out there."