Dec 23, 2012; Charlotte, NC, USA; Oakland Raiders outside linebacker Miles Burris (56) returns an interception during the third quarter against the Carolina Panthers at Bank of America Stadium. Panthers defeated the Raiders 17-6. Mandatory Credit: Jeremy Brevard-USA TODAY Sports

Oakland Raiders employing cautious approach in putting Miles Burris back in action

Raiders linebacker Miles Burris said that he would be healthy and ready to return when eligible to leave the physically unable to perform list after spending all of the 2013 season on the sidelines.

Still the Raiders have decided that they will make Burris heal up just a bit more before sending him back on the field. With the bye week giving Burris some added time to rehab before the Raiders realistically would need him as they have Week 7 off before playing the Steelers at home next Sunday.

Burris could’ve practiced on Tuesday, but he wasn’t a part of the light workout designed for young players. It would’ve opened a 21-day window to practice before the Raiders had to activate him or send him to season-ending injured reserve according to Scott Bair of CSN Bay Area.

Miles has continued to get better every day, and he continues to work with the trainers,” Raiders coach Dennis Allen said. “He was able to put a few good days back to back. Really I think that’s what we need to see more of. Can he put in some back-to-back days working with the trainers and not experience any type of soreness, not experience any type of setbacks? I don’t think we’re quite there yet, but I think we’re getting closer

Burris has practiced since last season, but recovering from a knee injury his recovery has been very slow. He had offseason knee surgery and a slow rehab has kept him out even longer. Burris was an active defender in 2012 and the Raiders miss his depth across the linebacker positions.

Burris made 15 starts last season and had 96 tackles, 1.5 sacks an interception and most importantly played on every spot at the linebacker position, something that Jason Tarver is hoping Burris can return to when he does return as the Raiders have a much more talented linebacker group this year with rookie Sio Moore and the veteran Nick Roach in the fold.

It won’t happen until Burris is healthy, a cautious approach that might just be the best idea given the Raiders terrible luck with injuries in 2013. When Burris does come back, we will all know that Dennis Allen is bringing him back without the slightest doubt that he is 100% healthy.

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