Practice Report 9-28-11

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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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Raider_Nation
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I love this report. Mike Mitchell, a favorite of mine, finally back on the field.

Mitchell whose coverage skills have been questioned, did a fantastic job covering a few of the league's best TE's last year, in Vernon Davis & Antonio Gates.

His return will allow us to be more versatille. When we go to our big nickel package, Huff switches to CB, Branch to FS and MM34 plays SS. Also, Mitchell will line up as a LB on certain plays. It certainly helps our coverage out, as we'll see less of Kamerion Wimbley ( who is a DE playing LB) and Groves (who is also a converted DE playing LB), covering TE's and god forbid getting locked onto a wideout.

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BraveRaider
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We need everybody but I think Chris Johnson's injury is a groin and they don't always heal as fast as you would like. We are not missing Murphy that much right now with everybody else back on the field at WR.

Raider_Nation
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BraveRaider wrote:
We need everybody but I think Chris Johnson's injury is a groin and they don't always heal as fast as you would like. We are not missing Murphy that much right now with everybody else back on the field at WR.

Don

No. Johnson is out with a hamstring. He did have surgery on the groin recently though. It has been said that the hamstring is related to groin as he has been overcompensating.


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