Editor's Note: The above video of Derek Carr is from a media session on Wednesday, September 2, 2015.
ALAMEDA – The Raiders got some reinforcements on Sunday afternoon, with two longer-term absences returning to the fold.
Tight end Clive Walford and receiver Andre Holmes were back at practice, a positive sign for their availability for the Sept. 13 regular-season opener versus Cincinnati.
Walford has practiced twice and played once since the full squad started training camp July 31. He was out with a hamstring early, and went back on the shelf after the preseason opener against the St. Louis Rams.
This year’s third-round draft pick is still expected to make an immediate impact despite significant time missed, though it could take some time getting back up to speed. Mychal Rivera played well in his absence. Lee Smith is a quality blocker and undrafted rookie Gabe Holmes also made the initial 53-man roster.
Holmes has been out since Aug. 16 with a fractured left hand. He returned three weeks after the injury occurred, on the early side of his recovery timetable. Holmes’ return solidifies an already deep receiver corps and gives the Raiders another quality option securing deep passes.
Head coach Jack Del Rio will speak with the media after Sunday’s practice, one of the last that won’t be accompanied by a participation report.
Defensive end Justin Tuck was uniform participating in portions of the practice not open to the press. He left as the stretching period began.
Linebacker/end Benson Mayowa was not working on Sunday. He experienced knee soreness in Thursday’s exhibition finale at Seattle.