BAGSHOT, England -- The Raiders linebacker corps continues to thin.
Miles Burris didn’t practice with a foot injury protected by a walking boot that stretches to the base of his knee. Sio Moore winced his way through some side work, a clear indication that he’s not ready to return from an ankle injury. Nick Roach’s status remains static, a concerning trend in his recovery from a concussion suffered more than a month ago.
That leaves a realistic possibility that the Raiders will start Kaluka Maiava and Bojay Filimoeatu alongside Khalil Mack on Sunday against the Miami Dolphins at London’s Wembley Stadium. That’s not an ideal scenario for a Raiders team desperate to avoid an 0-4 start.
“We’ll continue to monitor that situation, but I’m hopeful that one or maybe two of (the injured players) could be ready,” head coach Dennia Allen said. “We’ll just have to see how the week goes.”
The run defense improved despite playing the Patriots without Moore and Roach, but losing Burris would be a huge blow. That would leave no healthy backups on the roster. The Raiders also have Carlos Fields on the practice squad ready for promotion.
Outside reinforcements would be more difficult considering the Raiders are playing in London. Even a player familiar with the Raiders’ scheme would struggle to acclimate in time.
Did not practice: LB Miles Burris (foot), LB Sio Moore (ankle), WR Rod Streater (foot), SS Tyvon Branch (foot), QB Matt Schaub (not injury related)
Limited participation: MLB Nick Roach (concussion), CB Chimdi Chekwa (knee), OT Matt McCants (knee), RB Maurice Jones-Drew (hand)
Physically unable to perform: CB D.J. Hayden (foot)
Injured reserve: TE Nick Kasa (knee), CB Taiwan Jones (foot)