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Raiders linebacker Sio Moore felt better a day after suffering an ugly neck injury during Friday’s exhibition at Green Bay that led him being taken off the field on a stretcher.
Head coach Dennis Allen relayed that sentiment on Saturday afternoon in a conference call with local press.
“He was doing better today,” Allen said. “The good news with Sio is that we ruled out any real serious injury. So, we’ll take that day-by-day and see how he responds.”
Moore isn’t scheduled for further tests, suggesting that rest and rehab could get him back to the field. That’s a major positive for the Raiders, who seemed set on naming him the starting weakside linebacker.
While Moore could miss some time, the Raiders dodged a bullet regarding the severity of this dramatic injury that hushed Lambeau Field.
Miles Burris, who was locked in a position battle with Moore this camp, will take Moore’s reps.
Moore was not made available for comment on Friday night, but he tweeted out some thanks a day later:
I want to thank my RaiderNation Family, my family, and friends who have reached out to me. I appreciate you guys for the love and support ✊— Sio Moore (@MrOakTown55) August 23, 2014
I appreciate the @packers medical staff and the hospital and packer fans for being first class. I appreciate you guys— Sio Moore (@MrOakTown55) August 23, 2014
More Raiders injury notes:
-- Allen said that right tackle Menelik Watson’s hip flexor injury isn’t a long-term concern and it shouldn’t carry over into the regular season.
-- Kicker Sebastian Janikowski (right quadriceps) skipped Friday’s game but could return for the preseason game against Seattle.
“I want to make sure he’s healthy,” Allen said. “If he’s healthy enough to kick, I’d like for him to kick in this game but we’ll have to see where he’s at probably in the next couple days.”
-- Allen said QB Derek Carr will play Thursday’s exhibition finale against Seattle. He missed Friday’s game with sore ribs.
-- There are no updates on middle linebacker Nick Roach and cornerback Tarell Brown, who suffered concussions in Friday. They must pass the NFL protocol on concussions before returning to work.
-- Allen confirmed what running back Kory Sheets previously announced on twitter, that he’s lost for the season with a torn Achilles’ tendon.