The Raiders put the pads back on as they returned to the field for their morning practice on Monday.
Returning to practice was linebacker Sio Moore and cornerback D.J. Hayden, though Hayden was still wearing his red “no contact” jersey.
Raiders head coach Dennis Allen believes that his young cornerback should be out of the red jersey and returning to contact shortly.
He won’t play this week. He should be cleared for contact on… really Friday is when he should be cleared for contact. We’ll re-evaluate that with the doctors after that but the plan going forward I would anticipate is that he would be up and going for the Chicago game.”
Cornerback Tracy Porter was the only player that left practice early with what coach is referring to as an injury that’s just a product of training camp. Veteran Charles Woodson was given the day off, according to Allen.
With Porter out, Hayden spent much of the time with the first team getting reps opposite of Mike Jenkins. Hayden also worked with the second team, increasing the amount of time he was on the field. Hayden can use as many reps as he can get after missing much of the Offseason Team Activities after his surgery to remove scar tissue in his abdomen.
The team worked on their special teams quite a bit on Monday, especially their punting units. One interesting note is that offensive lineman and current starting center Stefen Wisniewski was getting reps as the second-team long snapper. Wide receiver and kick returner Josh Cribbs was also getting tries at long snapping, moving up from being the personal punt protector.
You can’t blame Allen and the coaching staff for making sure they have a backup plan after the debacle that occurred week one of last season. Pro Bowl long snapper Jon Condo went down with a head injury during the game and was replaced with backup linebacker Travis Goethel, who had a hard time getting the ball back to the punter.
Veteran offensive lineman Andre Gurode saw time as the starting right tackle with Mike Brisiel still out with a nagging injury.
Sio Moore made his return to the field noticeable early on in team drills as he got around right tackle Khalif Barnes to apply pressure to Matt Flynn. Moore spends part of each practice working with the linebackers and working with the defensive lineman since the coaches intend on using the versatile rookie in a variety of positions.
The defense did a nice job forcing throws underneath today once again, though the offense were able to get a few more deeper down the field. Matt McGloin had a couple of nice throws to Andre Holmes and Greg Jenkins for sizable gains.
Quarterback Terrelle Pryor had a pass intercepted with tight end Brian Leonhardt reached back to try and catch a ball thrown slightly behind him and it was tipped up and intercepted by the defender.
A similar situation happened to starting quarterback Matt Flynn as he tried to throw it to Denarius Moore, though it wasn’t as far behind his intended receiver. Moore reached back and tried to make the catch but couldn’t haul it in.
The Raiders return to the field on Tuesday for an afternoon session beginning at 2:50 p.m.