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Linebacker Miles Burris had 62 total tackles, 1.5 sacks and one interception for the Raiders in 2012. (AP)
ALAMEDA – Raiders linebacker Miles Burris was expected to be a major contributor this season. He hasn’t even practiced during an agonizingly slow rehab from offseason knee surgery.
But he’s just a few weeks away from playing football again.
He was placed on the physically unable to perform list before training camp and transferred to the reserve PUP closer to the regular season. League rules state that a player on the PUP will be ineligible to play until after Week 6.
The Raiders have five weeks to decide if a player can return, but Burris said Saturday that he doesn’t need that window. He believes his knee is progressing well and that he’ll be ready to go when eligible.
“I’m feeling really good,” Burris said. “I’ll be ready to go when I’m allowed to come back.”
That’s good news for the Raiders, who have received quality linebacker play yet are thin at the position. The Raiders don’t have a true middle linebacker behind Nick Roach, a position that Burris can play well.
Burris will offer support at all three linebacker spots along with Kaluka Maiava, forming a deep, talented position group.