The Oakland Raiders completed their final practice before hosting the Kansas City Chiefs Sunday. Oakland has lost eight of the last nine home meeting against the Chiefs, but earned one of their three wins against Kansas City earlier this season.
The status of defensive tackle Richard Seymour and strong safety Tyvon Branch are both game time decisions. Branch was forced out of the Raiders loss to the Denver Broncos on Thursday night with an ankle injury. He practiced in a limited fashion Friday. Seymour was practicing this week after missing the last five games with a hamstring injury, but suffered a setback Thursday. Both players will be evaluated before the game Sunday to determine if they can play.
“Branch was limited today in practice and Seymour didn’t participate,” Raiders head coach Dennis Allen said. “Our plan is to work both those guys out before the game and see where they’re at. We’ll make our decision on game day.”
For several weeks now the Raiders have floated the idea of getting second year quarterback Terrelle Pryor into game situations. He was active the last two weeks but did not see any action. With a 3-10 record, Oakland is in evaluation mode for the future. However, Allen has suggested that the game will dictate when and how much the younger players like Pryor play.
Rookie defensive tackle Christo Bilukidi has played well while Seymour was injured. He was ill and missed Wednesday's practice, but appears to be ready for Sunday. With his increased role, his production has also increased. He has seven tackles and a batted ball in the last five games and has stood out because of his effort on the field.
“He’s made a lot of improvement,” Allen said. “He’s worked extremely hard and obviously he’s played a little more than we really would have anticipated, but that’s been good for him. It’ll be good for him moving forward.”
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