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ALAMEDA – TJ Carrie suffered an ankle injury during a Nov. 2 loss to the Seattle Seahawks, but the rookie cornerback returned to finish the game. He started practicing the next week, fell into worse shape and was eventually held out of the next game against Denver.
He returned to work on Wednesday, but was back on the shelf during Thursday’s practice. It was conducted on artificial turn after a night’s rain, which had an impact on his absence.
“It was a little sore today and we were out on the hard surface today because of the rain,” interim head coach Tony Sparano said. “It was a little sore today, so we’ll see how it goes tomorrow.”
Cornerback DJ Hayden was able to return after missing Wednesday’s work with a groin strain. He was limited on Thursday.
“DJ was able to do a fair amount,” Sparano said. “We had a limit on what we wanted him to do today. Today was a third-down day, with a couple of additional periods in there. We really just let him play third downs today.”
The Raiders need healthy cornerbacks against the Chargers, who like to spread defenses out and throw to several different weapons.
Other Raiders injury notes:
-- Right tackle Menelik Watson was back at practice on Thursday. He’s been cleared to practice and play.
-- Defensive end Justin Tuck missed his second straight practice with a neck injury. Sparano said he wasn’t concerned about the injury on Wedensday.
-- Sparano didn’t have a timetable for when cornerback Carlos Rogers would return from a knee strain. He’s missed two straight games with injury.
Did not practice: CB TJ Carrie (ankle), TE David Ausberry (foot), CB Carlos Rogers (knee), LG Gabe Jackson (knee), DE Justin Tuck (neck), S Jonathan Dowling (back)
Limited participation: OL Khalif Barnes (quadriceps), ), CB DJ Hayden (groin), RT Menelik Watson (concussion), FB Jamize Olawale (shoulder, hamstring)
Full participation: CB Chimdi Chekwa (hamstring)
Injured reserve: TE Nick Kasa (knee), CB Taiwan Jones (foot), SS Tyvon Branch (foot), MLB Nick Roach (concussion), LB Kaluka Maiava (hamstring), DE LaMarr Woodley (biceps), S Usama Young (knee)