Raiders camp report: Injuries plague Watson, Sims and Ford

Allen concerned about several Raiders nursing injuries

Raiders camp report: Injuries plague Watson, Sims and Ford
August 7, 2013, 9:45 pm
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Jacoby Ford missed all of last season, and eight games in 2011 due to injuries. (USA TODAY IMAGES)

Andre Holmes can participate in training camp and preseason, but will become inactive when the regular season begins. (AP)

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Practice summary: Injuries have plagued the Raiders training camp, keeping several players out with nagging injuries. Wednesday afternoon’s padded practice was particularly cruel.

Rookie offensive tackle Menelik Watson was activated off the non-football injury list and practiced for the first time this camp, only to re-aggravate his calf injury 10 minutes in.

Defensive tackle Pat Sims was taken off the physically unable to perform list and suffered a setback with his ailing hamstring towards the end of his first practice back.

Receiver Jacoby Ford, having an excellent camp when healthy, aggravated a knee ligament strain that has hampered him over the past two weeks.

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The Raiders were returning to full strength, but these setbacks put key players back on the shelf.

It was their last full workout before Friday’s exhibition opener against the Dallas Cowboys, an important test for a new offensive scheme and a defense with nine new starters.

Not everyone will play. Coach Dennis Allen officially ruled defensive end Lamarr Houston out of Friday’s game. He also said that cornerback D.J. Hayden, linebacker Kaluka Maiava, linebacker Billy Boyko and defensive lineman Brandon Bair won’t play against the Cowboys.

Offensive play of the day: WR Andre Holmes continues to make big plays and force the coaches to consider keeping him on the 53-man roster despite a four-game suspension for using performance-enhancing drugs. On Wednesday, he out-jumped double coverage to haul in a deep ball from QB Matt Flynn to secure a big gain in team drills.

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Defensive play of the day: MLB Omar Gaither coerced QB Terrelle Pryor into making a costly mistake. He sat back in zone coverage, made a tight end seem open and then jumped the route to make an easy interception on an ill-timed throw.

Rookie report: Watson’s re-aggravated calf injury set him back even further than he already was. The Raiders were counting on Watson, but he can’t progress if he can’t play. Watson is expected to return next week. CB D.J. Hayden remains out with a hamstring injury suffered on Monday. RB Latavius Murray practiced for the first time in over a week, and fared well in limited reps.

Paternity leave: DT Vance Walker left training camp to attend the birth of his child. It remains uncertain if he’ll be back in time to play in Friday’s exhibition versus the Dallas Cowboys.

Condo’s backup: The Raiders will audition a pair of players to be the long snapper should Jon Condo go down. The role’s importance was showcased in last year’s opener, when Condo suffered a concussion and Travis Goethel struggled to snap correctly. C Stefen Wisniewski is the backup, but WR/KR Josh Cribbs will try it during the preseason.

Roll call
New injuries: OL Menelik Watson (calf), DT Pat Sims (hamstring), WR Jacoby Ford (knee)
Returning from injuries: RB Latavius Murray, WR Conner Vernon, DT Myles Wade, CB Tracy Porter, CB Mike Jenkins
Still sidelined: 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: ““This is not the way I planned on going through my first training camp. I haven’t even taken a snap yet. It's very frustrating.” – Raiders second-round pick Menelik Watson, after re-aggravating his calf injury.