Raiders report: Branch back, Moore still out

December, 4, 2013
12/04/13
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ALAMEDA, Calif. – Strong safety Tyvon Branch practiced Wednesday for the first time since breaking his right leg against the Jacksonville Jaguars on Sept. 15.

Might he also play for the Oakland Raiders this coming Sunday at the New York Jets?

“If he’s healthy enough to play, he’ll play,” Raiders coach Dennis Allen said.

“Anytime you lose a player of Tyvon’s ability and the way that he plays the game and he stands for the things that we believe in here and the way that he takes care of his business, that’s a tough guy to replace. … I thought he moved around pretty well today. Just getting him back on the field, I think, is a big boost to, obviously to him, but to all of us.”

Branch said he was still on the road to recovery.

“I came a long way,” said Branch, a fourth-round draft pick in 2008. “I feel a lot better, I feel a lot more confident in my leg. It's getting strong.

“If my leg holds up I can make an impact. That's part of my game -- coming in and making plays. So if I have a chance to come out and make some plays, I want to do that.”

Said fullback Marcel Reece: “It feels good to have my guy back. We’re like the 'Last of the Mohicans' here.”

Indeed, only placekicker Sebastian Janikowski, long snapper Jon Condo and running back Darren McFadden have been with the Raiders longer than Branch and Reece.

Meanwhile, defensive end Jason Hunter, who has missed the past two games with a foot injury, returned to practice, though receiver Denarius Moore, also sidelined the past two games, was a no-go.

The following is the Raiders’ injury report for Wednesday:

Did not participate: RG Mike Brisiel (knee), LB Kaluka Maiava (ribs/calf), RB Darren McFadden (ankle), WR Denarius Moore (shoulder), RB Jeremy Stewart (ankle/knee), S Usama Young (neck)

Limited practice: SS Tyvon Branch (ankle), LB Miles Burris (toe), DE Jason Hunter (foot), Rashad Jennings (concussion), OT Menelik Watson (illness)

Paul Gutierrez

ESPN San Francisco 49ers reporter

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