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ALAMEDA – Raiders fullback Marcel Reece admits to having a foot injury. That’s as far as he’ll go.
He didn’t divulge specifics of an ailment suffered early in last week’s exhibition against Detroit, one made worse for continuing to play on it.
While he wouldn’t specify if a ligament was strained or a bone was damaged, he was encouraged by a negative X-ray and a surprisingly clean MRI image.
Specifics, however, were predictably hard to come by.
“It’s a foot issue, and it’s something I’m going to deal with,” Reece said after Wednesday’s practice “To be honest with you, there’s probably three people in this world who really know what’s going on. The main thing is that, if I’m able to contribute, I’m going to be on the field. That’s all anyone needs to know.”
His participation in Friday’s preseason game at Green Bay isn’t assured – head coach Dennis Allen said Reece is “full go” for the upcoming game -- but he wants to play even in a game that doesn’t count. That it’s a consideration is a positive sign and a huge mental lift for a key cog in the Raiders offense.
“It’s always kind of scary when you’re not used to being hurt,” Reece said. “Like I always say, anything below the waist is the worst because we make our living running around. When I can’t run, it’s a little unsettling.”
The scans brought a sigh of relief because his injury isn’t as serious as originally thought. Reece couldn’t finish Sunday’s practice, was held out Monday, was limited Tuesday and participated fully Wednesday afternoon.
“It’s still not right. You obviously see me in the boot right now, but I’m going to stay in the boot until I step on the field,” Reece said. “It won’t aggravate it anymore, and hopefully it will make it feel a little better.”
Rest should help some too. He said he might take some time off after Friday’s game to ensure he’s ready for the regular-season opener.
“It feels better every day,” Reece said. “I should get back to 100 percent.”