Tuesday morning was the third straight day the Raiders put on the pads for contact practice, and despite another strong day before a day off on Wednesday, a lengthy list of injuries to report soured the mood on Monday.
Running back Latavius Murray, wide receiver Conner Vernon, defensive tackle Stacy McGee and offensive lineman Alex Parsons on Tuesday joined the list of the Raiders walking wounded that already included some important names before the foursome went down one by one in Napa.
Dennis Allen conceded it’s becoming an issue. As even the master of the generic answer himself when it comes to injuries couldn’t spin the fact that Oakland is missing well over 10 players at the given moment.
“Some of those injuries are starting to mount up a little bit,” Allen said to ContraCostaTimes.com reporter Stever Corkran, “and the day off tomorrow will be good for our guys. They’ve worked extremely hard. They’re out here battling, playing physical and doing the things we’re asking him to do.
Still even with key guys hurt, including second round pick Menelik Watson, Allen is not going to let the lack of bodies serve as an excuse for the Raiders not moving forward and improving with each practice.
“We can’t concern ourselves with the injuries. We have to keep moving forward. We have a team to get ready to play and we’re going to coach the heck out of the guys that are out here.”
Murray, McGee, Vernon, and Parsons Tuesday injuries brings the number of sidelined players to 14,a high number considering Oakland just got to Napa for training camp last Thursday and had their first contact practice Sunday.
That list of 14 includes the three that arrived at training camp unable to practice as defensive tackle Pat Sims, linebacker Miles Burris and offensive tackle Menelik Watson have all failed to make their first appearances in Napa.
The other players unable to practice right now goes as follows, offensive lineman Lucas Nix, NT Johnny Jones, DT Vance Walker, defensive lineman Brandon Bair, WR Jacoby Ford and linebackers Billy Boyko and Kaluka Maiava.
Oakland’s most glaring hole now is at defensive tackle as Vance Walker, Pat Sims, and now McGee are all unable to practice as well as nose tackle Johnny Jones. A Raiders pass rush that was already one of the worst in the league at getting to the quarterback having a defensive line that is missing over half of their tackles is not good to start camp with and won’t please Dennis Allen.
Still, it is extremely early and 14 out of 89 players being injured in July doesn’t tell much as the leash is a lot shorter at the end of July as it is at the end of August when it comes to injuries as the closer Week One is, the less likely a team is to shut a player down for something minor. With Allen keeping mostly secretive about the specifics of injuries this year, we don’t know how severe some of these injuries are, but this is the time of year where minor injuries seem to be magnified.
You see a lot of “I would likely practice or play if this was during the regular season” type of quotes coming from injured players during NFL Training Camps, until players start missing preseason action Raider fans should avoid pressing the panic button.