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Thursday, October 31, 2013
WR Holmes added to injury report

By Paul Gutierrez

ALAMEDA, Calif. -- Oakland Raiders receiver Andre Holmes was added to the team's injury report with a hamstring issue Thursday, seemingly opening the door for second-year wideout Juron Criner to be active Sunday for the first time this season.

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Criner, the second of two fifth-round picks in general manager Reggie McKenzie and coach Dennis Allen's first draft class, was slowed coming out of training camp this summer with a hamstring strain. Might Criner's first action of 2012 come against the Philadelphia Eagles?

"He's worked his way back and there's a chance that Juron could be up this week, based on the way that he's been practicing and the health of that player,” offensive coordinator Greg Olson said Thursday.

The 6-feet-3, 221-pound Criner played in 12 games as a rookie and caught 16 passes for 151 yards and a touchdown.

"It's frustrating but you can't let it frustrate you,” Criner said after the Raiders' bye week. "I'm a young guy, I'm a young receiver, I got time. They have other options that they're going with right now. I can't do anything but respect that. But if I let it get me down, it will only put me further under. It won't help me any.”

Besides Holmes' hamstring, rookie Brice Butler had a drop that turned into an interception last weekend and veteran Jacoby Ford had the worst game of his professional career, losing a fumble on a catch and having an adventure on punt return. Allen, though, said Ford would again return punts, with Taiwan returning kickoffs.

Following, then, is the Raiders' injury report for Thursday:

Did not participate: SS Tyvon Branch (ankle), C/G Andre Gurode (quad), RT Tony Pashos (hip).

Limited practice: WR Andre Holmes (hamstring), LT Menelik Watson (calf).