Wednesday, December 11, 2013
Raiders report: How does Moore respond?
By Paul Gutierrez
ALAMEDA, Calif. – The last time the Oakland Raiders won a football game – at the Houston Texans on Nov. 17 – was also the last time receiver Denarius Moore appeared on a football field.
Moore, who injured a shoulder in that win over the Texans, practiced in a limited capacity Wednesday and could be on track to play against the Kansas City Chiefs at the O.co Coliseum on Sunday.
“I thought he moved around pretty good … did some pretty good things out there and was able to be functional,” Raiders coach Dennis Allen said of Moore, who has 37 receptions for 569 yards this season.
“It’s a matter, really, of how does he respond tomorrow? And if he continues to respond positively, then I think there’s a chance of him being available Sunday.”
Allen, though, was less optimistic on the prospects of strong safety Tyvon Branch facing the Chiefs. Branch, who broke his right leg against the Jacksonville Jaguars on Sept. 15, began practicing last week and was not ruled out of the New York Jets game until Saturday.
“I don’t know,” Allen said. “I think it’s still questionable whether he’ll be ready to go or not.”
A bright spot for the Raiders, though, was leading rusher Rashad Jennings (588 yards on 126 carries) practicing fully after missing the Jets loss with a concussion suffered on Thanksgiving Day at the Dallas Cowboys.
The following is the Raiders’ injury report for Wednesday:
Did not participate: RB Darren McFadden (ankle), RB Jeremy Stewart (ankle/knee), DT Vance Walker (concussion)
Limited practice: SS Tyvon Branch (ankle), TE Nick Kasa (concussion), WR Denarius Moore (shoulder), LB Sio Moore (neck)
Full practice: LG Khalif Barnes (knee/ankle), RG Mike Brisiel (knee), DE Jason Hunter (foot/finger), RB Rashad Jennings (concussion), RT Tony Pashos (foot)