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NAPA -- Linebacker Kaluka Maiava walked back from Tuesday’s practice unencumbered, yet physically unable to enter the fray.
The free-agent acquisition expected to compete for a starting outside linebacker spot got hurt the first day of camp and hasn’t practiced since.
Speaking publicly for the first time this training camp, Maiava admitted frustration while rehabbing an injury he wouldn’t disclose but is believed to be a foot issue.
“I honestly thought I was going to be back this week and ready to play (on Friday),” Maiava said. “It’s driving me nuts that I can’t be out there and that I’ve been out this long.”
Maiava started 13 games in 2012 and six in 2011 for the Cleveland Browns, playing both outside linebacker positions. He was a frontrunner to play on the strongside heading into camp, but his absence has forced Sio Moore into early duty. While the third-round pick has proven worthy of a starting spot, the team is worse without Maiava in the mix, at least from a depth standpoint. Beyond starting weakside linebacker Kevin Burnett and Moore, the Raiders have little quality in reserve.
While Maiava is progressing and hasn’t been in a walking boot for at least a week, there’s no exact timetable for his return.