WR/KR Ford, S Mitchell return to practice; Murphy, C.J. out
By Steve Corkran
Wednesday, September 28th, 2011 at 11:12 am in Oakland Raiders.
Wide receiver/kick returner Jacoby Ford is at practice today, as is backup safety Mike Mitchell. That gives the Raiders two players they haven’t seen much of this season, both in training camp and games.
Ford played in the regular-season opener, but he missed the past two games with a hamstring injury. He said Monday that he is making solid progress and expects to play against the New England Patriots on Sunday.
For Mitchell, he is on the field with his teammates for the first time since early in training camp. He has been recovering from a knee injury that he suffered in a camp drill July 31.
That means Mitchell has been out of action for almost two months. It’s likely that he will need this week and, perhaps, next to get into football shape. It’s conceivable, though, that he will get limited action against the Patriots.
Free safety Michael Huff is at practice, too, which means he passed the requisite tests for players who suffer a concussion. That was the case with Huff against the New York Jets on Sunday.
Cornerback Chris Johnson is not at practice. He strained a hamstring against the Jets on the Raiders’ first defensive series and missed the rest of the game. He had a surgery on his groin midway through camp.
The only other players who missed practice are: receiver Louis Murphy (groin/hamstring), fullback Marcel Reece (ankle) and defensive end Matt Shaughnessy (shoulder).
Shaughnessy was in uniform, but he was not participating in drills. Murphy and Reece weren’t on the field at all. Rookie tight end Richard Gordon is working at fullback today in Reece’s absence.
Defensive back Ron Parker made his Raiders debut at practice today, two days after being signed to the team’s practice squad. He is wearing No. 36.
Nick Miller is returning punts in practice today, as is rookie Denarius Moore. Coach Hue Jackson replaced Miller with Moore against the Jets. No word yet on whether Jackson is going to stick with Moore or go back to Miller.
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