With the NFL season officially underway it’s officially time to start monitoring injury reports. During the preseason precautionary measures make it difficult to gauge the severity of an injury. Take Denarius Moore for example.
Until today Moore had been held out of most every practice during the preseason and this week as well which marked the start of the regular season. But as noted that was until today.
For the first time in a long time Moore was able to participate in practice, albeit on a limited level. Even though Dennis Allen is still proclaiming the wait and see approach most speculate that Moore will be good to go for the Monday Night opener. That’s great news considering how ineffective Oakland’s offense looked during the preseason. Getting a weapon like Moore back only helps to improve on some otherwise listless showings.
Many feel as if Moore’s hamstring injury wasn’t as severe as his time off might indicate. There is plenty of reason to believe he was shutdown so as not to make it worse.
Another injury issue of significant concern relates to Stefen Wisniewski. The New Wiz is entering the true beginning of his NFL career as he moves to his natural position of center having played guard as a rookie. He too was not very involved during the preseason and he too was in practice today though Wisniewski was a full participant.
Baring any major setbacks we should expect to see #61 in front of Carson Palmer come the first snap of the season.
The Raiders are definitely thin at almost every position this year so any and every first teamer that is cleared to play will provide a great lift no matter the extent of their involvement. Of course getting all of the players that have missed time on the same page with those that have been grinding through camp is another story. But that’s why Coach Allen gets paid the big bucks.