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ALAMEDA — Linebacker Nick Roach and cornerback Chimdi Chekwa were both back on the Raiders practice field on Wednesday after injuries forced each to miss the team's season opener on Sunday.
The eight-year veteran Roach played every defensive snap for the Raiders last season. He was limited in practice last week — according to the official participation report — but he didn’t appear to do anything outside of individual drills.
Miles Burris played extensively in his stead, as he was on the field for all 70 of the team’s defensive snaps in the 19-14 loss to the Jets, as well as 16 special teams plays (57 percent).
Burris took the field with the first-team defense during the portion of Wednesday's practice that was open to the media, though it was Roach leading the position group in individual drills.
“Obviously not having Nick, with what he’s able to bring to us from a communication standpoint, I mean that’s a disappointment to not have him in the game,” Allen said after the loss. “I thought Miles went in there and held himself pretty well. I thought he played pretty solid.”
Chekwa, 26, has been out with a strained knee.
He knocked off rust through the individual portion of practice on Wednesday, hitting the ground for pushups after a number of dropped passes.