Burris' status for regular-season opener unclear

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Burris' status for regular-season opener unclear
August 7, 2013, 8:00 pm
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Miles has not progressed like he or I had anticipated.
Dennis Allen

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NAPA – Dennis Allen considers most of the Raiders’ injuries nagging, minor ailments that won’t keep his wounded players out for long.

Miles Burris is an exception to that rule. The second-year pro has missed all of training camp on the active physically unable to perform list while recovering from offseason knee surgery.

The linebacker’s rehab has been painfully slow, drawn out much longer than the Raiders anticipated, with no end in sight. Burris has put the Raiders in a bind.

Burris was expected to be the primary backup at all three linebacker positions, especially in the middle. The team signed veteran Omar Gaither to back up starter Nick Roach, but he doesn’t have Burris’ vast potential.

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“Miles has not progressed like he or I had anticipated,” Allen said. “He’s probably, from the standpoint of whether he’s going to be ready for the opening game of the season, he’s a concern.”

Burris played significant snaps as a rookie. He started all season on a weak side and had 70 tackles and two quarterback sacks. He played all season but had knee surgery in January. He missed the entire offseason program, but was expected to be back for training camp. Burris hasn’t made the progress required to resume football activity, and isn’t close to doing so.