Practice summary: The Raiders received a scare on Saturday they were thankful proved to be nothing serious. Star left tackle Jared Veldheer underwent an MRI on his sore triceps, but the test unearthed no serious damage.
Raiders coach Dennis Allen expects Veldheer to return to practice on Sunday without issue.
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That was excellent news for the Raiders, who can ill afford to lose their best offensive lineman, a man some consider their best player regardless of position.
Veldheer is locked in at left tackle, but the starting spot at right tackle is still up for grabs. Allen praised the efforts of frontrunner Khalif Barnes, who has a challenger in veteran Alex Barron. Barron, an eighth-year veteran who hasn’t been on a regular-season roster since 2010, has taken some first team reps at that spot.
Receiver Jacoby Ford returned to work after missing four straight practices with what he describes as tightness in a tendon behind his left knee. Allen limited his reps on Saturday, and will ease the injury-prone receiver back into full work.
The Raiders have real problems at defensive tackle. DE Jack Crawford took some reps at defensive tackle, just to get through the practice. With five players out, the Raiders have just two healthy traditional defensive tackles left in camp.
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Offensive play of the day: Terrelle Pryor stood tall in a collapsing pocket and threw a perfect strike to WR Brice Butler 50 yards downfield for a touchdown. Pryor has the best deep ball of any quarterback in camp, with a rare combination of power and accuracy to his credit.
Defensive play of the day: SLB Sio Moore read QB Matt Flynn’s eyes and deflected his pass at the line of scrimmage. Moore gained leverage over his man and extended his reach at the right moment, knocking the pass back into the pocket.
Rookie report: QB Matt McGloin continues to get third-team reps over fourth-round draft pick Tyler Wilson. Wilson clearly has talent, but is currently being outplayed by the undrafted free agent out of Penn State. Wilson, however, remains a virtual lock to be the team's No 3 quarterback.
Moore made progress this week, culminated by his best effort of camp on Saturday...Butler had his second-straight strong showing and has gotten more first and second team reps.
Jersey switch: After a solid Friday practice, the defense was rewarded with silver jerseys for the first time this camp. Silver jerseys go to the unit that wins out during a particular padded practice.
Are you all right?: WR Denarius Moore, locked in tight coverage at the corner of the end zone, inadvertently ran out of bounds and into a Raiders staff volunteer. The woman was not seriously hurt, but Ford and Moore both came over to check on her after the next play.
On the sideline: Saturday’s practice didn’t add to the injury list, marking the first time the Raiders have come out of a session clean. The Raiders didn’t return many. DE Lamarr Houston, LG Lucas Nix (knee), DT Stacy McGee, LB Miles Burris (knee), WR Conner Vernon, DT Pat Sims, DT Myles Wade, OT Menelik Watson, DB Brandian Ross, LB Kaluka Maiava, DL Brandon Bair, C Alex Parsons (foot), DT Johnny Jones, LB Billy Boyko, RB Latavius Murray and Veldheer did not practice…DT Vance Walker re-aggravated his undisclosed injury and also missed practice…Allen will not comment on injury specifics during training camp.
Quote of the day: “I’m not going to get into real negotiations, but there are some players that we’d like to go ahead and shore up.” – Raiders head coach Dennis Allen of the possibility of signing current Raiders long term