Oakland Raiders wideout Andre Holmes saw his attempt to climb the team’s depth chart following his return from an early season suspension got derailed on Thursday as the team listed him on the injury report with a hamstring injury.
Holmes was activated earlier in the month after missing the first games of 2013 after an impressive preseason and training camp that had some projecting him to be a third receiving threat alongside Denarius Moore and Rod Streater. With Dennis Allen and Greg Olson working on getting Holmes up to speed an injury will press the reset button on his road to getting back to where he was at during camp.
Holmes injury opens up the door for Juron Criner to start for the first time since being selected in the fifth round of 2012 Draft.
Criner, the second of two fifth-round picks in general manager Reggie McKenzie and coach Dennis Allen’s 2012 draft class, was slowed coming out of training camp this summer with a hamstring strain of his own. Greg Olson feels that it is time for Criner to get his chance if things stay the way they are come Sunday.
“He’s worked his way back and there’s a chance that Juron could be up this week, based on the way that he’s been practicing and the health of that player,” offensive coordinator Greg Olson said Thursday during his press conference.
The 6-foot-3, 221-pound Criner played in 12 games as a rookie and caught 16 passes for 151 yards and a touchdown. Missing out on the chance to get into the lineup, Criner is looking forward to get the chance to show his potential to Allen and Olson if he gets in the lineup. For now he says that he understands and accepts whatever roster decisions the coaching staff makes.
“It’s frustrating but you can’t let it frustrate you,” Criner said to ESPN’s Paul Gutierrez after the Oakland bye. “I’m a young guy, I’m a young receiver, I got time. They have other options that they’re going with right now. I can’t do anything but respect that. But if I let it get me down, it will only put me further under. It won’t help me any.”
Here is Oakland’s Thursday Injury Report:
Did not participate: SS Tyvon Branch (ankle), C/G Andre Gurode (quad), RT Tony Pashos(hip).
Limited practice: WR Andre Holmes (hamstring), LT Menelik Watson (calf).