TJ Carrie, Michael Crabtree miss practice for Raiders


ALAMEDA, Calif. -- Oakland Raiders starting safety TJ Carrie did not practice Wednesday, three days after having to leave a loss at Chicago with a chest injury he suffered returning a punt.

It is not known whether Carrie will be able to play Sunday against Denver at this point. It will likely be determined later in the week. Carrie wasn’t showing the visible signs Wednesday that he was in the locker room in Chicago.

Oakland starting receiver Michael Crabtree also didn’t practice Wednesday. He had to leave Sunday’s game at Chicago with an ankle injury, but returned and finished the game. Crabtree was out on the practice field Wednesday and didn’t look to be limping, though he didn't practice. Often, coaches keep players out of a Wednesday practice for precautionary reasons.

Meanwhile, backup defensive end Benson Mayowa returned to practice for the first time since injuring his knee five weeks ago. Backup cornerback Keith McGill returned to practice after missing last week’s game with a foot injury. Special teams ace and kick returner Taiwan Jones remained out with a foot injury. Defensive lineman Denico Autry also missed practice. Autry suffered a concussion Sunday. Starting running back Latavius Murray was limited Wednesday with a shoulder injury he played through Sunday. Backup defensive lineman C.J. Wilson remained out Wednesday with a calf injury he suffered in Week 3.

In other Raiders notes:

  • Raiders defensive end Aldon Smith said this when asked if he thinks teams just think of him as a pass-rusher: “I’m not just a pass rusher. I’m overall a defensive player. Stopping the run is something I take pride in just as well as getting to the quarterback, so if you want to run at me, good luck. I’ll stop the run just like I try to stop the pass.” Smith has his best game as a Raider in Week 4. He registered his first sack and was a dominant in the run game.

  • Oakland coach Jack Del Rio said he thinks the Denver defense is still “very similar” to the unit he was the head of the past three years.

  • Credit Denver quarterback Peyton Manning for delivering the line of the day, when asked about the Raiders’ well-documented trouble covering the tight end: “I haven’t seen that, but now that you mention it, I guess I’ll go look for it. Thanks for the tip. I appreciate that.”