Editor's Note: The above video is from Jack Del Rio's media session on Monday, September 14, 2015.
ALAMEDA – Raiders defensive tackle Justin Ellis’ left foot got caught in the ground during Sunday’s loss to the Cincinnati Bengals, just before a pile of bodies fell on top of him.
His ankle screamed in pain, leading the promising second-year pro to think the worst.
“When it first happened, a lot of negative thoughts went through my head,” Ellis said on Tuesday afternoon. “When I got off the field and went through some examinations, it was all good.”
Ellis was walking around the practice facility without crutches or a walking boot. He hopes he can recover enough to play against the Baltimore Ravens.
“Hopefully I can get back on the field this week,” Ellis said. “Right now the focus is on treatment. It’s feeling better each day.”
The Raiders brought reinforcements in case Ellis isn’t ready to go. The team re-signed veteran C.J. Wilson, who was with the team last year and was part of final roster cuts. The Raiders cut tight end Gabe Holmes in a corresponding move, in hopes they can place the undrafted rookie on the practice squad.
Wilson had another teams interested and believed he would’ve ended up with a team this week, but he is happy to stay in the Bay Area.
“It was tough to watch the game and not be able to help out,” Wilson said. “I love these guys and I’m glad to be back here.”
The versatile veteran will focus on defensive tackle with Ellis out, and provide depth on rushing downs once he’s able to play.
The Raiders run defense needs to fare better next week against Baltimore. Dan Williams played a solid nose tackle, but his defense wasn’t consistent enough to slow the Bengals ground game. They must fare better, even if Ellis can’t go.
“C.J. did a good job for us in camp, and I’m confident that he can get the job done,” Williams said. “I know (Ellis) is doing everything he can to get back quick. C.J. will help us out as well. We’ll keep on working, trying to get better.”