Camp report: Raiders hold Brisiel out, hope health improves play

Camp report: Raiders hold Brisiel out, hope health improves play
August 11, 2013, 8:00 pm
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Right guard Mike Brisiel is dealing with an ankle injury and won't practice until he's healthy. (USA TODAY IMAGES)

Practice summary: Raiders head coach Dennis Allen held right guard Mike Brisiel out of Sunday’s practice and could rest him until he’s fully healthy again.

Brisiel didn’t show well in Friday’s exhibition opener, and Allen’s worried that injury has prevented him from performing better.

“I want to try to get him some rest and get him back healthy,” Allen said, “to where he’s really got a chance to showcase what he can do.”

Brisiel started camp as the presumptive starter and still could be, but he’s on shakier ground than before.

Interior lineman Andre Gurode took Brisiel’s reps with the first team on Sunday, after performing well as second-unit right guard against the Cowboys. Gurode was especially strong against the run, where guards are asked to pull and create gaps in the new blocking scheme.

Last time Brisiel missed a practice, Allen moved Khalif Barnes in from right tackle as part of a quest to find the best five guys to start on the offensive line.

Brisiel has played almost exclusively in a zone-blocking scheme, which the Raiders abandoned this offseason. How he fares when healthy will decide if he retains his starting spot.

Allen would like his starters to emerge as soon as possible.

“I think the sooner we can get to that spot, the better we’re going to be,” Allen said. “I want to make sure that when we line up against the Indianapolis Colts that we have the right five guys out there. So [it’s] still an evaluation process, still a lot of competition to be had and there’s a lot of preseason games to look at it.”

Brice Butler followed up a productive preseason game with a solid practice, as did defensive back Chance Casey. Defensive end Jack Crawford continues to impress despite playing some on tackle due to injuries at the position.

A pair key Raiders left the field due to injury. Linebacker Sio Moore and converted cornerback Taiwan Jones exited with unspecified ailments. Like most Raiders ailments, Allen considered the injuries minor.

Offensive play of the day: Quarterback Terrelle Pryor rolled to his left and away from the pass rush, saw Butler sneak open late and flicked a deep pass downfield. Butler got a full step on his man and made the easy touchdown grab.

Defensive play of the day: Crawford pushed his blocker left, went right and only had grass between he and quarterback Matt Flynn. He had to lay off in practice, but in a real game Crawford would’ve laid a huge hit on the opposing quarterback. Crawford has shown real growth in this camp and could work his way into the mix at end and tackle in passing situations.

Rookie report: Quarterback Tyler Wilson didn’t take a rep in Sunday’s team drills, a surefire sign that he improve his lot after Friday's exhibition. Outside of Wilson, few other rookies worked. D.J. Hayden, Menelik Watson, Sio Moore and Latavius Murray have injury troubles and didn’t work Sunday.

Murray back on the shelf: The rookie running back had eight carries for 29 yards on against Dallas on Friday night, a brief window of health for the sixth-round pick. He was back on the sideline on Sunday, which halts some of the promise he showed in the game. “I saw some good things, but he wasn’t out here today,” Allen said. “Being available and being accountable are two things that we have to make sure we’re able to be throughout the course of this camp.”

Roll call
New injuries: LG Lucas Nix, OLB Sio Moore, CB Taiwan Jones, LB Keenan Clayton, RG Mike Brisiel (ankle), RB Latavius Murray, WR Juron Criner.
Returning from injuries: None
Still sidelined: OL Menelik Watson (calf), DT Pat Sims (hamstring), WR Jacoby Ford (knee), DE Lamarr Houston, CB D.J. Hayden (hamstring), DT Vance Walker, LB Billy Boyko, LB Kaluka Maiava, G/C Alex Parsons, DL Brandon Bair
Physically unable to perform list: LB Miles Burris (knee)
Note: Generally, Allen does not comment on injury specifics during training camp.

Quote of the day: “If I play terrible Friday against the Saints, nobody’s going to remember last week. I just have to keep working.” – Raiders seventh-round pick Brice Butler, on moving beyond his breakout moments against the Dallas Cowboys.

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