Oakland Raiders: Miles Burris

NAPA, Calif. – The big news the day before the Oakland Raiders' first training camp practice revolved around cornerback D.J. Hayden's pending trip to the physically unable to perform list.

But there was other injury news announced by coach Dennis Allen at the Napa Valley Marriott Hotel & Spa at a lunch attended by five media outlets and the team’s website.

Allen said the Raiders will cut linebacker Kevin Burnett, as the nine-year veteran was not cleared for participation by the Raiders’ medical staff. Burnett, who was dealing with an ankle issue in the second organized team activities session in early June, started 16 games at weakside linebacker last season and had 129 tackles with 2 sacks and an interception.

The Raiders drafted Khalil Mack with the No. 5 overall pick and the rookie is slotted to start on the strong side, with Sio Moore moving toWill linebacker to battle Miles Burris for the starting job. Nick Roach, who played every defensive snap last season, returns at middle linebacker.

“Where we’re at at the linebacker position, with some young talented players, Miles Burris and Sio Moore, Kaluka Maiava being a main guy, I think we feel good with that position,” Allen said, “and we’re going to move on from Kevin Burnett.”

Burnett had a salary cap value for 2014 of nearly $4.14 million and was due to make $3.5 million.

Also, Allen said tight end Nick Kasa (hip flexor) and guard Lucas Nix (knee) would join Hayden (foot) on the PUP list, with safety Usama Young (quad) and rookie cornerback Keith McGill (ankle) potential adds. Young and McGill were injured Thursday during the team’s conditioning tests.

Defensive end C.J. Wilson (hamstring) and defensive tackle Stacy McGee (broken thumb) will be placed on the non-football injury list after being hurt away from the Raiders’ facility.

Defensive lineman Antonio Smith, meanwhile, is “good to go” after not practicing at all in the offseason programs while recovering from an undisclosed procedure following a weight-room mishap.

“You’d love to be able to start with everybody healthy and everybody on the field, but obviously, injuries are part of this game and it’s something we’ve got to be able to deal with and something that we’ve got to be able to overcome,” Allen said. “We’ll take it day by day and try to attack the rehab as fast as possible and see when we can get those guys back out there.”

The Raiders’ first training camp practice is Friday at 3 p.m. PT, with the first padded practice on Sunday.
ALAMEDA, Calif. -- Oft-injured running back Darren McFadden made it through his second consecutive practice unscathed and linebacker Miles Burris and free safety Charles Woodson were upgraded in the Oakland Raiders' injury report on Thursday.

Burris and Woodson both practiced a day after sitting out.

Plus, guard Lucas Nix practiced after missing Wednesday with illness, though rookie linebacker Sio Moore missed Thursday's practice with illness.

Said coach Dennis Allen, about McFadden: “He had another good day today so hopefully he'll have another good day tomorrow and I would hope that he would be able to be up and ready to go this weekend.”

The following is the Raiders' injury report for Thursday:

Did not participate: RB Jeremy Stewart (ankle/knee), DT Vance Walker (concussion), LB Sio Moore (illness)

Limited practice: Miles Burris (ankle), RB Darren McFadden (knee/ankle), FS Charles Woodson (ribs)

Full practice: TE Jeron Mastrud (wrist), G Lucas Nix (illness)

McFadden practicing again for Raiders

December, 19, 2013
ALAMEDA, Calif. -- There did not appear to be any setbacks to running back Darren McFadden's comeback attempt, as he practiced for the second day in a row Thursday for the Oakland Raiders.

McFadden, who has missed the Raiders' last two games with knee and ankle issues, has also missed five of the Raiders' past six games and 19 of 39.

He said Wednesday he was aiming to play in the Raiders' final two games, Sunday at the San Diego Chargers and Dec. 29 at home against the Denver Broncos.

"It feels great being able to be back out there," McFadden said Wednesday. "It's one of those things, two games left, I want to just go out here and finish strong, go out here and fight with my teammates."

In eight games, McFadden has rushed for 365 yards and four touchdowns on 103 carries. His 3.5 yards per carry average is just ahead of last season's career low of 3.3 yards per carry.

Also, free safety Charles Woodson (ribs) and linebacker Miles Burris (ankle) were practicing a day after sitting out.

Defensive lineman Vance Walker (concussion) and running back Jeremy Stewart (ankle/knee) were working out on a side field with a trainer, though, alongside rookie cornerback D.J. Hayden, who is on injured reserve with a groin injury.

Upon Further Review: Raiders Week 15

December, 16, 2013
OAKLAND, Calif. -- An examination of four hot issues from the Oakland Raiders’ 56-31 loss to the Kansas City Chiefs:

Charles in charge: Charles Woodson laughed, sort of. The Raiders' veteran free safety was asked why the three screen passes to Chiefs running back Jamaal Charles, which went for touchdowns of 49, 39 and 16 yards, were so effective. “I have no clue,” Woodson offered. “I have no clue. You’ve seen screens get out of the gate before, but to have a team go back to it and beat you almost every time, there’s no explanation for it. ... That’s hard, man, to watch a guy run up and down the field like that, basically untouched.” Charles finished with 215 yards from scrimmage and a franchise-record-tying five touchdowns -- in three quarters (he sat the fourth quarter). “Some people find their peak at the beginning of the season, some people find their peak at the end of the season,” Charles said. “I’m known as a player that, as the season goes on, I get stronger and stronger.”

Matt McGloin, gunslinger? The undrafted rookie quarterback seems to be taking more chances of late, and really, he has to with the Raiders falling behind so early now. Which, in part, explains his four interceptions. “I mean, as a quarterback, it’s your job to protect the football,” he said. “But at the same time it’s your job to throw touchdown passes and throw first downs and complete passes downfield. I’m going to throw the ball. I’m going to take my chances. I’m going to try to get yardage and get completions in big chunks. That’s the way I play the quarterback position. That’s the way a lot of guys play the quarterback position.”

Injuries: Woodson left the game for a bit with a rib injury in the second quarter that he said has been an issue for a while. In fact, he said last week was the first time he did not wear a rib guard in a game. But linebacker Miles Burris did not finish the game after injuring an ankle making a tackle on a punt midway through the fourth quarter. Burris was the only Raiders player to not finish due to injury, said coach Dennis Allen.

Of explosive plays XIV: And now for our weekly tracking of “explosive” plays. As deemed by Allen, such a play is one that gains at least 16 yards through the air, 12 yards on the ground. The Raiders had 10 such plays against the Chiefs -- eight passes and two runs. Kansas City had seven explosive plays, six passes and one run, with four TD passes and a TD run. In 14 games, the Raiders have 104 explosive plays (75 passes, 29 runs), with eight passing TDs and four running scores. Oakland’s opponents, meanwhile, now have 98 explosive plays combined -- 77 passes (12 TDs) and 21 runs (three TDs).
ALAMEDA, Calif. -- While linebacker Miles Burris could be activated for the Oakland Raiders' home game Sunday against the Tennessee Titans, the plan for left tackle Jared Veldheer is to make his season debut in the Thanksgiving Day game at the Dallas Cowboys.

Burris was activated to the 53-man roster on Wednesday from the physically unable to perform list after rehabbing from offseason knee surgery.

“He’s a guy we have to work in,” Raiders coach Dennis Allen said of Burris, who started 15 games at weakside linebacker as a rookie in 2012. “We won’t just throw him out there on Sunday and expect him to take 60 snaps. He’s a guy who we felt like was healthy enough that he could help us. I want to try and get an opportunity to get him in the game. We’ll see how he does.

“I would envision that, as we work him in, that he’ll have a bigger role on special teams. We’ll see how much we’re able to get him in the game as a linebacker.”

Veldheer, meanwhile, was recuperating from surgery in training camp in his left triceps on the reserve/injured – designated to return list until beginning practice on Nov. 13.

Khalif Barnes has manned the left tackle position in his absence. But might Barnes move inside to left guard to help shore up that side of the line?

“I’m not sure,” Barnes said. “Once again, that’s something that [Allen] and [O-line coach] Tony Sparano decide and whatever they want to do, I’m totally behind. I’m here for whatever the team needs and I’ve kind of been like that since I’ve been here.”

Barnes was supposed to play right tackle but after Veldheer went down, rookie Menelik Watson also was injured so Barnes moved to the left side.

Could Barnes see himself at left guard?

“Hey, man, you never know,” he said. “I’ve done a little bit in ’09, played the Chargers game there, but like I said, whatever it takes, man, I’m going to try and do it.

“Whatever direction, whatever they want to do, I’m totally cool with it.”
ALAMEDA, Calif. – Rookie cornerback D.J. Hayden was added to the Oakland Raiders’ injury report Thursday with a groin issue. The No. 12 overall draft pick did not practice after straining it the day before.

“He was able to finish practice [Wednesday],” Raiders coach Dennis Allen said. “I wasn’t really aware of it until after I got done in here with you guys, but he wasn’t able to go today, so we’ll have to evaluate him to see how he’s doing and see how quickly that thing responds.”

Kicker Sebastian Janikowski, though, practiced in a limited capacity a day after sitting out with sore ribs.

If Hayden is unable to play Sunday at the New York Giants, Phillip Adams would take Hayden’s place on the outside with Tracy Porter sliding into the slot in Oakland’s nickel defense.

“We’ve got all the confidence in the world in P.A.,” Allen said of Adams. “When he came in last year and had an opportunity to play, he played really well. I think that will be another of those easy transitions for us because we have a lot of confidence in him.”

Also, linebacker Miles Burris, who is on the reserve/physically unable to perform list but has his 21-day clock down to less than two weeks, sat out his first practice. And running back Darren McFadden missed his second straight practice after aggravating his right hamstring on Sunday.

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

Did not participate: SS Tyvon Branch (ankle), WR Juron Criner (right shoulder), CB D.J. Hayden (groin), LB Kaluka Maiava (ribs), RT Matt McCants (toe), RB Darren McFadden (right hamstring), RT Tony Pashos (hip).

Limited practice: C/G Andre Gurode (quadriceps), WR Andre Holmes (hamstring), PK Sebastian Janikowski (ribs)

Full practice: CB Tracy Porter (shoulder), QB Terrelle Pryor (right knee), WR Rod Streater (hip).
ALAMEDA, Calif. – Oakland Raiders linebacker Miles Burris, who has been on the mend since knee surgery in January, and left tackle Menelik Watson, who has been sidelined by a sore calf, returned to practice Wednesday. And left tackle Jared Veldheer, who underwent surgery on his left triceps in August, is closer to returning after a check-up Monday with his doctor in Los Angeles found no setbacks.

“Everything’s real positive,” Veldheer said Wednesday. “We’re on the right track. It’s getting close. This is the exciting part.”

Coach Dennis Allen concurred, pointing to the three-month recovery period initially prescribed to Veldheer.

“We’re at a point now where we can kind of ramp up the rehab a little bit,” Allen said. “I still think he’s a little bit away but indications are that he’s on schedule. Hopefully we’ll have him out there sooner rather than later.”

Technically, Veldheer is eligible to play Sunday against the Philadelphia Eagles. That will not happen, though.

Burris, meanwhile, is now on a 21-day clock at the end of which the Raiders must activate him to the 53-man roster or place him on season-ending injured reserve.

“My biggest goal is to get back on the 53-man [roster] and contribute any way I can,” said Burris, who started 15 games at weakside linebacker for the Raiders as a rookie last season but has been studying all three linebacker spots in Oakland’s 4-3 alignment in his time off.

Watson, the Raiders’ second-round draft pick this year, has dealt with injuries to his calf and knee since training camp. He was slated to start at left tackle despite only a handful of practices before knee surgery put a stop to that plan. Still, despite limited action, he could get into a game in short order, especially with offensive linemen Tony Pashos and Andre Gurode still out. Watson will work at both tackle positions in practice.

“With some of the depth issues we have on the offensive line right now, [Watson] could potentially be forced into action sooner than we’d normally want,” Allen said.

Following, then, is the Raiders’ injury report for Wednesday:

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

Limited practice: LT Menelik Watson (calf).

Burris, Watson to practice Wednesday

October, 28, 2013
The Raiders should be getting reinforcements from their injured masses soon.

Oakland coach Dennis Allen said in his weekly news conference Monday that second-year linebacker Miles Burris and rookie tackle Menelik Watson should begin practicing on Wednesday.

Allen also said left tackle Jared Veldheer, who is on the injured reserve/designated to return list, was in Los Angeles Monday for a checkup on his surgically repaired left triceps. The results of the visit will determine when Veldheer can begin football-related activities, as he is technically eligible to play this weekend against Philadelphia. Once he starts practicing, the Raiders have 14 days to activate him or place him on season-ending injured reserve.

Burris, meanwhile, is on the reserve/physically unable to perform list, recovering from offseason knee surgery. He has been eligible to practice since before the bye week. Once he practices, the Raiders have 21 days to activate him or put him on IR. He has been working with a trainer on a side field during practice.

Watson, the Raiders’ second-round draft pick, has dealt with knee and calf issues as Allen recently surmised Watson has had all of 10 days of practice with the team.

Also, another week off should help with the health of right tackle Tony Pashos (hip) and left guard/center Andre Gurode (quad) and possibly strong safety Tyvon Branch (ankle). Center Stefen Wisniewski played for the first time since spraining his right knee on Sept. 29.
ALAMEDA, Calif. -- Bittersweet, or simply the nature of the business?

I asked Raiders coach Dennis Allen this in the wake of Oakland cutting a member of the first draft class in the Allen/Reggie McKenzie Era: defensive tackle Christo Bilukidi. The move was made to to make room for linebacker Martez Wilson.

“Really,” Allen said, “it's the nature of the business. This is a production business and we're going to continue to try to do everything we can to upgrade our roster to help our football team. We felt like being able to take a look at Martez was a good chance for us to upgrade the roster.”

No doubt Bilukidi was a project when the Raiders used a 2012 sixth-round draft pick on the Georgia State product, the fifth player ever taken by McKenzie and Allen.

And while Bilukidi appeared in 13 games as a rookie and five more this season, getting a sack of Jacksonville's Chad Henne in the Raiders' home opener, it was not enough.

“No,” Allen said, when asked if he had, indeed, seen enough to warrant keeping Bilukidi and his sack.

In fact, small sample size and health issues be damned, you could say the same about that entire first draft class, which was already stretched thin due to trades under the previous regime that left the Raiders without a pick until the end of the third round.
  • Offensive lineman Tony Bergstrom, who was taken with a compensatory pick at No. 95 overall and played in nine games while starting the season finale, was placed on Injured Reserve before the season began with a Lis Franc injury to his right foot.
  • Linebacker Miles Burris, who started 15 of the 16 games in which he played, is on the Reserve/Physically Unable to Perform List after offseason knee surgery, though Allen said he hopes Burris will begin practicing next week.
  • Defensive end Jack Crawford has already played in more games this season than last -- five to four -- and has six tackles after having three last season.
  • Receiver Juron Criner has yet to be active for a game this season, Bilukidi was cut and linebacker Nathan Stupar is a special teams contributor for the San Francisco 49ers. He was was cut by the Raiders before last year's season opener.

In fact, two undrafted rookie free agents from 2012 start for Oakland now: receiver Rod Streater and left guard Lucas Nix.

“I think part of the draft process is picking up some players, and if you have numbers and volumes of players, your percentages of hitting on those guys are pretty good,” Allen said.

“I think we'll see some good things, not only out of the 2012 guys, but some of these guys we drafted this past season. I think that as we keep moving down the road, I think those guys will help us.”

Just not right away.
ALAMEDA, Calif. -- The Oakland Raiders returned from their bye weekend, and their battered offensive line did not seem to benefit from the time off.

At least, not on first impression.

Center Stefen Wisniewski, who had missed the previous two games with a sprained right knee, was working out on the side with linebacker Miles Burris, who is on the PUP list with a knee, and a trainer. But there was no sign of the other injured offensive linemen.

Center/left guard Andre Gurode (knee), right tackle Tony Pashos (groin/hip) and left tackle Menelik Watson (calf) were nowhere to be seen during the open media window of practice. Nor was left tackle Jared Veldheer, who is on the reserve/injured -- designated to return list after undergoing surgery on his left triceps in camp.

The Raiders did, though, re-sign guard Jason Foster to the practice squad.

There should be further updates later when coach Dennis Allen addresses the media after practice.
ALAMEDA, Calif. – The bye week will not only give the walking wounded on the Oakland Raiders’ active roster time to heal, but also two starters who have yet to play a down this season.

Left tackle Jared Veldheer, who underwent surgery on his left triceps in training camp, and linebacker Miles Burris, who had knee surgery in the offseason, are inching closer to making their 2013 debuts. Still, there is work to be done.

Burris, who is on the physically unable to perform list, actually became eligible to practice this past week, but the Raiders declined to move him off said list to begin his 21-day clock. The moment Oakland moves him, the team has three weeks to put Burris on the active 53-man roster or place him on season-ending injured reserve.

Veldheer, meanwhile, is on the injured reserve–designated for return list and is not eligible to play until Oakland’s home game against Philadelphia on Nov. 3. Once he starts practicing – he is already eligible to practice – the Raiders have 14 days to activate him or IR him.

“I don’t think either one of them is ready yet,” Raiders coach Dennis Allen said Wednesday, before players departed for the NFL-mandated four-day break.

“The plan is for Jared, obviously, when he’s healed … we begin to get him into football-related activities.”

And with Burris?

“Really, Miles it’s really a matter of putting a few days back-to-back and being able to come out without any type of soreness or anything like that,” Allen said.

“We’re getting closer with both those players. I don’t think we’re there yet. We won’t do anything to activate those two guys until we feel confident that they’re ready to go.”
The Oakland Raiders got down to the 75-man roster limit Tuesday, but not without some pain.

The Raiders put rookie running back Latavius Murray on the injured reserve list. The team had said he had a minor ankle injury. Earlier in the offseason, it appeared as if Murray would have a chance to be Darren McFadden’s primary backup with a chance to be a major contributor. The sixth-round draft pick from Central Florida is big, fast and skilled.

Yet, he will have to wait a year to try to make an impact. Rashad Jennings will remain McFadden’s backup.

Oakland also placed reserve cornerback Joselio Hanson on injured reserve. He was decent in backup role last year.

Linebacker Miles Burris was placed on the physically unable to perform list. He has been out all offseason. Burris, a rookie starter last year, has fallen out of the starting mix, at least for now. But he will miss at least the first six games of the season.

Oakland signed kicker Justin Medlock just so it can give Sebastian Janikowski a rest Thursday at Seattle. Cornerback Mitchell White was cut.

Seattle cut cornerback Will Blackmon. He was in Green Bay with Oakland general manager Reggie McKenzie and Oakland safety Charles Woodson. The Raiders could always use veteran experience, especially with Hanson out. I wouldn’t be shocked if Oakland considers Blackmon.

Starting receiver Rod Streater is practicing Tuesday. He suffered a concussion Friday against Chicago.