Burnett remains absent from Raiders OTAs

Burnett remains absent from Raiders OTAs
May 28, 2014, 5:30 pm
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This is a voluntary camp. Players can make their own decisions and they have families and things in their personal lives that they have to make sure they take care of.
Dennis Allen

Kevin Burnett’s absence from Raiders organized team activities was not a one-day thing. The veteran outside linebacker missed a second straight session on Wednesday, and it’s uncertain when or if he will return for the voluntary workouts. He is the only healthy non-participant on the Raiders roster.

Kevin Burnett’s agent, Ricky Lefft, declined comment on why his client was absent.

“He’s working out from home,” Lefft said Wednesday.

Raiders head coach Dennis Allen said Tuesday that he had communicated with Burnett and was not concerned by his absence. Wednesday's workout was not open to the press.

“I’ve had communication with Kevin this whole time,” Allen said. “This is a voluntary camp. Players can make their own decisions and they have families and things in their personal lives that they have to make sure they take care of. I’m not concerned about that at all.”

Burnett was an important piece of last year’s defense, totaling 105 tackles, three forced fumbles, 2.5 sacks and an interception. He didn’t miss a game in his first season as a Raider and hasn’t missed a start in four seasons

Burnett has a $125,000 workout bonus in his 2014 contract. He’s scheduled to make a $2.875 million base salary.

The Raiders have nine more OTA sessions scheduled over the next few weeks. They also have a mandatory minicamp from June 17-19.