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ALAMEDA -- Raiders defensive end Justin Tuck suffered a knee injury on during Sunday’s loss to San Diego, but rallied and re-entered the game.
It didn’t prevent him from playing, but it kept him from practicing on Wednesday afternoon. Interim head coach Tony Sparano kept him out of the week’s busiest practice to ensure he’s ready to play against the Arizona Cardinals.
Tuck played just 22 snaps against the Chargers but remained productive. He has one of the Raiders' five sacks, which ranks second-to-last in the NFL.
The team needs him healthy to perform well in the pass rush, which has struggled to contain quarterbacks despite some big veterans working along the defensive front.
Some other injury notes from Raiders practice:
-- Quarterback Derek Carr (ankle/knee) and outside linebacker Sio Moore (ankle) were limited in practice, though Sparano said neither player suffered a setback as a result of playing Sunday’s game.
-- Usama Young (foot) was a new addition to the participation report. He was limited.
-- Marcel Reece remains hinder with a quadriceps injury that clearly slowed him against the Chargers.
-- Cornerback D.J. Hayden returned to practice after sitting out the first six weeks on the physically unable to perform list. He has not be activated yet, and the team has 21 days to do so.
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Did not practice: RT Khalif Barnes (quad), CB Keith McGill (groin), FB Marcel Reece (quad), DE Justin Tuck (knee), WR Vincent Brown (hamstring)
Limited participation: QB Derek Carr (ankle/knee), WLB Sio Moore (ankle), Usama Young (foot)
Physically unable to perform: DJ Hayden (foot)
Injured reserve: TE Nick Kasa (knee), CB Taiwan Jones (foot), SS Tyvon Branch (foot), MLB Nick Roach (concussion), LB Kaluka Maiava (hamstring)