As the Oakland Raiders look to get some of their star playmakers back on the field for their matchup this week with the Detroit Lions, wide receiver Denarius Moore is working his way back into game shape, while receiver/kick returner Jacoby Ford is still a work in progress with his sore foot.
Moore took part in practice Wednesday and Thursday on a limited basis. Quarterback Carson Palmer said that he 'looked good' in his limited reps with him Thursday, but as Raiders insider Steve Corkran reports, he should be suiting up this Sunday:
No issues for Denarius Moore, either. He looks more and more likely to play Sunday after missing past three games.— Steve Corkran (@CorkOnTheNFL) December 15, 2011
As for spark plug Jacoby Ford, he still isn't practicing with the team, though he did a bit of light running on the sideline, which is at least something, I guess. Corkran isn't very optimistic about his return:
Jacoby Ford out of practice for another day. He also isn't on an adjacent fid working with a team trainer. Doesn't bode well for Sunday.— Steve Corkran (@CorkOnTheNFL) December 15, 2011
With Ford, Moore, Darren McFadden, and Chaz Schillens all suffering foot injuries, head coach Hue Jackson can't do much but scratch his head about it:
"I've never seen anything like it, Never seen so many of the same type of injury and it being a foot. So you go through it all. You go through the weight room, you go through in the medical department, you go through everything, trying to figure out why it's like this. I think our medical staff is working their tails off and I know our players are. But sometimes it just doesn't happen as fast as we want. And we need them. But we just don't have them right now."
Spike Lee would also ask in his commercials with Michael Jordan, What about the shoes? So what of them Hue?
"No, trust me," Jackson said. "We've done the shoe thing, orthodics, nIce shoes, bad shoes, we do it all trying to figure it out and there's no pattern."
It is a bit of a quandary for the Silver and Black, but as long as the get some more W's, everything will be all good.
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