Jul 28, 2013; Napa, CA, USA; Oakland Raiders defensive tackle Vance Walker (98) at training camp at the Napa Valley Marriott. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

2013 Raiders Training Camp: Vance Walker Returns to Practice, but Injuries Still Setback Thursday

After a day off on Wednesday Dennis Allen and the rest of the Raiders staff in Napa for 2013 Training Camp decided to take advantage of the rest day by making Thursday a shorts day, keeping the pads off and avoiding most of the risk of another injury to claim a Raiders player.

You can’t blame Dennis Allen for wanting to go no pads, 14 Raiders missed the last practice on Tuesday and when the Raiders took the field you could see the effect all of the (mostly) minor injuries had on practice as reports came flowing in that many of those 14 injured Raiders were still unavailable shortly into Thursday afternoon’s practice.

The status of one of those missing players was also confirmed as Jacoby Ford estimated that he would be back on Friday after taking another day to recover from a minor injury, opting to work out in the field house in Napa.

Ford missing practice is concerning considering his lengthy reputation of being injury prone. He is trying to make a comeback to his impressive early days as a Raider after a season long battle with the medical table last year, it is promising that he is potentially returning on Friday, but the average Raider fan isn’t going to be relieved about Ford’s injury status until he can string together a couple of weeks without popping up on the injury report.


Oakland did get one major player back in action on Thursday afternoon as Vance Walker returned to practice to relieve the Raiders depleted defensive tackle department. Reggie McKenzie and Allen brought in Myles Wade to help cushion the blow before Walker returned and will now wait on Pat Sims to make his first training camp appearance after bringing a previous injury to Napa.

The injuries give the Raiders problems once first and second string players go missing in bunches as practice becomes less competitive and familiarity suffers as Oakland’s roster already has a ton of turnover heading into the season without players dropping like flies and missing practice. Another day of rest should help the issue, but the majority of the Raiders injured list still being unable to practice is not a positive sign with their preseason game against Dallas coming up next week.

Practice is currently still underway in Napa, more updates on JBB will follow after post practice pressers commence.

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