As the Oakland Raiders went through their last full practice before Friday's preseason opener against the Dallas Cowboys, injuries are a concern. Today at training camp, Jacoby Ford, Menelik Watson, and Pat Sims were all hobbled.
“Guys that I don’t anticipate playing in the game: Obviously we’ll see where Menelik [Watson] and Pat Sims were, Jacoby [Ford] we’ll find out what the trainer has to say on that and Vance Walker will be questionable,” Allen said. “Burris, Hayden, Kaluka [Maiava], Lamarr Houston, Billy Boyko and Brandon Bair, all those guys will be out for the game.”
Ford left practice for the second time this training camp and Sims has also been unable to stay healthy. Allen did not specify what the severity or nature of Ford's aliment. Walker is home for the birth of his child. Watson only participated briefly in his first practice as a member of the Raiders. He re-aggravated a previous injury that kept him out since today.
“He’s a guy that we’re counting on, he’s a second-round draft choice, he’s got a lot of talent and a lot of potential, but he has to be able to be out here,” Allen said of Watson. “I think he’s as frustrated as any of us, too.”
On a positive injury note, rookie running back Lavatius Murray returned to practice after missing significant time with injury. His has not been ruled out for Friday. The Raiders will have walk through tomorrow accompanied by film and meetings in preparation for the Cowboys.
“We’ll come back out tomorrow morning with some more meetings, install-wise prep for Dallas, we’ll go through kind of a dress-rehearsal practice tomorrow against them, really a light practice without pads, and then we’ll head down to the Marriott and get ready to play a game,” Allen said.
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