Center Stefen Wisniewski's strained right calf will keep him out of the preseason finale at Seattle on Thursday, defensive tackle Richard Seymour has arthritis in his knee, receiver Denarius Moore should play in the regular-season opener despite having not practiced since Aug. 4 and receiverreturner Jacoby Ford is still in a walking boot, even if he is able to walk pain-free without it.And that's your injury update for Raiders starters, per coach Dennis Allen on his Sunday conference call with beat writers.Of course, there are more details, but you get the gist, right?"Wiz won't play this week," Allen said. "He's not ready."There hasn't been a setback. The calf just hasn't quite responded as fast as I would hope."Wisniewski was initially injured on the first offensive series of Oakland's exhibition opener against Dallas on Aug. 13.Seymour, meanwhile, has only played in one exhibition game, Aug. 17 at Arizona, and has not practiced since.Originally, Allen said Seymour, entering his 12th NFL season, was getting the veteran treatment. And while that may still ring true, Allen added a new wrinkle Sunday."Seymour is more of a maintenance deal," Allen said. "He's got some arthritis, basically, in his knee. He gets a little pain, a little swelling, and we have to be able to manage that."The Moore update, though, was decidedly more upbeat.He initially strained the right hamstring in minicamp in mid-June and it hampered him early and often in Napa. But he was on the field running routes to test the leg before the Detroit exhibition and emerged relatively pain-free."I'm confident that he'll be ready for the opener," Allen said. "Now, I don't have a crystal ball, so I can't say for sure, but I think where he's at now in relationship to when we open on Monday night, I think there's plenty of time for him to get ready. And so I think if he continues to improve like he has the past couple of days, he'll be ready to go."In fact, Moore might see some time Thursday in Seattle. But"The last thing I want do is put him out there and have him pull up again," Allen said, "and now we're going into the regular season and he's going to be battling that all year long."Ford, meanwhile, is the most curious case of all.He has been wearing a walking boot on his left foot -- the same foot he sprained last year -- since going down against the Cardinals last week, even as Allen has said there is no swelling or structural damage to his foot. Allen said Sunday that Ford is able to walk "pain-free" without the boot, yet he still wears it."So I think," Allen said, "we're making some progress there."Allen added that he anticipated playing his healthy starters at Seattle, despite conventional wisdom saying they should sit in an ultra-meaningless contest."I really plan on most of those guys playing," Allen said. "I don't anticipate holding a lot of guys out. The plan is, if guys are healthy and good to go, the plan is to let them play."
College: Wake Forest
Weight: 240 pounds
Selection: Fifth round, No. 168 overall
ALAMEDA – It took five full rounds, but the Raiders finally drafted an inside linebacker. They don’t have a starter in the middle and have razor thin depth at that position and weakside linebacker, with Jelani Jenkins as that position group’s only experienced member.
The Raiders could’ve addressed this pressing need earlier in the draft but followed their draft board and fortified other positions instead. General manager Reggie McKenzie finally added Lee to the mix.
He’s certainly the right size at 6-foot-3, 240 pounds and long arms. He’s was a team leader in college, and analysts say he takes a disciplined approach to his craft. He’s a solid run defender and does his job creating proper run fits.
Critics says his slow to adjust to misdirection, and doesn’t play fast enough in man coverage. His speed may have pushed Lee down the draft board some, which might hinder his ability to play inside in a Raiders scheme where inside linebackers are expected to have great range in coverage.
Lee is a decent blitzer, with 7.5 sacks as a senior. He also had 105 tackles, including 20 for a loss, and three forced fumbles in his final season.
He’ll certainly come in an compete for a role with linebackers already here, including Cory James and Ben Heeney. The Raiders might still look for a veteran addition. That includes 2016 starter Perry Riley, who remains on the open market.
ALAMEDA – Florida offensive tackle David Sharpe spent part of his pre-draft process dispelling rumors that he was legally blind in his right eye. The report came out this spring, and Sharpe denied it quickly.
The information reappeared Saturday morning, when NFL Network analyst Mike Mayock mentioned it shortly after the Raiders drafted Sharpe No. 129 overall. The draft analyst said Sharpe might be restricted to the offensive line’s left side.
Sharpe said that isn’t the case. He can play left or right tackle. And his vision is just fine, thank you very much.
“I’m not blind. I’m not legally blind,” Sharpe said. “The information is false, all of it is false. I just had a little cataract removal when I was younger and I’ve been battling that since I was young. But it doesn’t affect my play or vision or anything. I’m not blind.”
Sharpe said his right eye is a little blurrier than the left, but it doesn’t impact his play in any way.
The 6-foot-6, 343-pound blocker was projected to go in the first three rounds, but fell to the fourth. He wasn’t upset about an issue that was a non-issue.
“It doesn’t really make me mad,” Sharpe said. “I just brush it off. It was just false and I addressed it.”
The Raiders had some inside info on Sharpe’s play. Head coach Jack Del Rio’s son Luke is Florida’s quarterback, and vouched for Sharpe’s effectiveness before Oakland made the official selection.
“He actually texted me this morning and said his dad called him and asked about me,” Sharpe said. “There was a little hint there, so that was cool.”