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Thursday, September 12, 2013
Branch, Janikowski return to practice

By Paul Gutierrez

ALAMEDA, Calif. -- Strong safety Tyvon Branch (shoulder) returned to practice with the Raiders on Thursday, as did place-kicker Sebastian Janikowski (right calf) as the Oakland Raiders continued preparations for their home opener against the Jacksonville Jaguars on Sunday.

Branch and Janikowski were limited in practice.

Meanwhile, neither tight end David Ausberry (shoulder) nor rookie offensive tackle Menelik Watson (knee) practiced.

Watson had arthroscopic surgery on a lateral meniscus last week and is expected to be out for at least one month, according to ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter.

Raiders coach Dennis Allen, though, would not confirm the report, citing team policy about not discussing injuries.