ALAMEDA -– Raiders safety Charles Woodson was at Wednesday’s practice, stretching with his teammates. He had a jersey on, without pads underneath. Woodson joined individual drills, though he didn’t wear a helmet.
That was the veteran’s way of showing the coaching staff he’s on the mend. It’s probably part of a subtle campaign to play Sunday against the Baltimore Ravens, just a week after dislocating his right shoulder.
Whether it works or not is another story.
“He’s a competitive guy,” Raiders head coach Jack Del Rio said. “You don’t play as long as he has with out being prideful and very competitive.”
Woodson was considered a non-participant in Wednesday’s practice. Thursday will be a telling day for the safety, who might be able to do some work in a shoulder harness.
It seems to be a long shot that he’ll be ready to go in a week, though Del Rio wouldn’t rule it out.
“Guys can play with shoulder (issues), depending on the severity of it,” Del Rio said. “We’ll see how the week progress and whether or not he’ll be ready to go on Sunday.”
If Woodson is inactive, Taylor Mays is expected to start in his place. He would play alongside Larry Asante, who becomes a starter at free safety with Nate Allen on short-term injured reserve.
Raiders participation report
Did not practice: DE/LB Benson Mayowa (knee), DT Justin Ellis (ankle), FB Jamize Olawale (ankle), S Charles Woodson
Full practice: QB Derek Carr
NOTE: The Raiders signed WR DeAndre Carter to the practice squad and released LB/DE Josh Shirley from that unit. The Raider still have an empty roster spot, which could go to free safety Tevin McDonald later this week in a promotion from the practice squad.