Denarius Moore ready to play

Denarius Moore ready to play
December 15, 2013, 12:00 pm
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Denarius Moore hurt his shoulder on Nov. 17 against Houston, but will return to face the Chiefs Sunday in Oakland. (USATSI)

OAKLAND – Raiders receiver Denarius Moore will play for the first time in nearly a month on Sunday afternoon against the Kansas City Chiefs. The third-year pro injured his shoulder Nov. 17 against Houston trying in vain to make a diving catch.

Andre Holmes and Rod Streater took turns having big receiving games in Moore’s absence. Adding Moore to that position group makes it stronger than ever this season. Holmes’ emergence has seen to that. Streater will move into the slot in three-receiver sets, making the Raiders especially dangerous throwing the football.

While the Raiders offense is as healthy as ever, the defense must play without an important piece. Tackle Vance Walker is out with a concussion, a big blow to the defensive front. Walker played inside and end in certain run sets, meaning Jason Hunter and Stacy McGee must play better on less rest than normal. McGee has been a pleasant surprise at tackle, but Hunter needs to perform better against the run and pass than he has in the season’s second half.

The Raiders also designated receiver Brice Butler, running backs Jeremy Stewart and Darren McFadden, guards Lamar Mady and Andre Gurode and cornerback Chance Casey inactive.

The Chiefs will play without notable stars, including left tackle Branden Albert (knee), punt returner Dexter McCluster (ankle), tight end Anthony Fasano (concussion, knee) and linebacker Justin Houston (elbow) are out with injury.

The Chiefs also ruled quarterback Tyler Bray, center Eric Kush and guard Rishaw Johnson inactive.