ALAMEDA –- Raiders cornerback D.J. Hayden skipped Thursday’s practice with an ankle injury, the team announced on its participation report.
OAKLAND – Rookie receiver Amari Cooper was active for Thursday night’s home game in name only.
OAKLAND – The Raiders linebacker corps remains unsettled in the long term. Malcolm Smith seems like a mainstay, but question marks surround him.
DENVER – Raiders safety Nate Allen injured the same knee last week that put him on short-term injured reserve earlier in the year, leaving a void at strong safety.
OAKLAND – DJ Hayden barely saw the field last week. He played five defensive snaps as the Raiders’ fourth cornerback. On Sunday, Hayden got back into the fray as the third option.