Raiders camp report: Too banged up to practice in pads
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Practice summary: The Raiders were supposed to practice in pads on Sunday afternoon, but head coach Dennis Allen decided against it. He deemed his team too beat up to handle a full, physical practice, which crawled to a snail’s pace by session’s end.

The Raiders are in terrible shape injury-wise. They have 20 missing players, most of whom are offensive and defensive linemen. They have five offensive linemen and seven defensive linemen out, making it difficult to field a complete unit over the course of practice.

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While Allen doesn’t comment on injury specifics, he said most ailments are not severe. They do make it hard to get through a workout.

Presumptive starting cornerbacks Mike Jenkins and Tracy Porter each missed their first camp workout, and were two of six defensive starters that missed Sunday’s workout.

"It is frustrating when guys that you’re counting on to be out there on Sundays can't go through practice," Allen said. "This is the time where we develop the foundation of the team that we’re building, so it’s important for those guys to get back out here as soon as possible."

Right guard Mike Brisiel was held out of practice, which allowed Allen to experiment playing tackle Khalif Barnes at guard. Barnes has limited experience on the interior, and while Allen wouldn’t rule out the possibility of him moving inside for good.

On a positive note, receiver Jacoby Ford looks agile as ever. Ford showed what he can do in space, taking a short slant for a big gain with elusive moves and pure speed. It was one of several quality reps for a player who returned from a knee injury on Saturday.

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Offensive play of the day: QB Matt Flynn made a spectacular throw under duress. LB Kevin Burnett flushed the pocket and gave chase, but Flynn throw a perfect strike off his back foot, which WR Rod Streater caught in the corner of the end zone.

Defensive play of the day: CB Taiwan Jones, a converted running back, made solid play on a man he wasn’t even covering. Jones left his man, dove back towards the middle of the field and knocked down a Terrelle Pryor pass intended for TE Jeron Mastrud. While Jones still learning the subtleties of playing corner, he has solid coverage ability and reactionary instincts.

Rookie report: QB Tyler Wilson barely broke a sweat on Sunday. He rarely took a snap, as third-team reps went almost exclusively to undrafted free agent Matt McGloin. Allen said Wilson has “the physical tools you want, but is behind from the mental part of the game.” … With Porter and Jenkins out, first-round pick D.J. Hayden took of the first-team reps. … RB Latavius Murray was considered a contender to back up Darren McFadden, but his prolonged absence due to injury has hindered that prospect. He hasn’t practiced in more than a week.

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Hi, Mom!:  Ford had a moment’s respite during an field-goal period – which he is never involved in – and saw his mother in the crowd, watching practice. He walked over to say hello and ask her to send him a care package loaded with candy. Kit Kats and SweeTarts were requested by name.

Ready for some football: Allen said his coaching staff would record and later watch Sunday’s preseason opener between Dallas – the Raiders Aug. 9 opponent – and Miami. While focus during the first preseason remains inward, Allen said he’d break down the game a bit and give his players the best chance to succeed.

Roll call
New injuries: Jenkins, Porter, Brisiel, OLB Sio Moore, WR/KR Josh Cribbs
Returning from injuries: LT Jared Veldheer (triceps)
Still sidelined: DE Lamarr Houston, LG Lucas Nix (knee), DT Vance Walker, LB Billy Boyko, LB Kaluka Maiava, DT Johnny Jones, WR Conner Vernon, RB Latavius Murray, G/C Alex Parsons, DL Brandon Bair, NT Johnny Jones
Physically unable to perform list: LB Miles Burris (knee), DT Pat Sims
Non-football injury list: OT Menelik Watson
Note: Allen does not comment on injury specifics

Quote of the day: “It’s a really positive sign that the organization is starting to lock guys up. You can see that things starting to turn around. Guys are really excited about that.” – Raiders long snapper Jon Condo, after becoming the second Raider to receive a contract extension this week.