Oakland Raiders wide receiver Denarius Moore at 2012 training camp (photo by Levi Damien)
The Raiders are entering their final stretch of practices before their season opener Monday night. Any players who don't practice this week would be likely not to play on Monday. So the team getting back Denarius Moore and Juron Criner to practice is significant.
Moore is practicing for the first time since the beginning of camp when he re-aggravated the hamstring injury he suffered in the offseason. He was making progress the past few weeks and some thought he was being held out as a precaution. It is hard to say if he would have come back sooner if it were the regular season but it is certainly a luxury to have been able to let him rehab slower instead of rushing him back too soon.
Criner hurt his ankle in the Raiders' final preseason game against the Seahawks. He hadn't practiced Monday and Tuesday and if he and Moore couldn't go, the team would have been down to Darrius Heyward-Bey, Rod Streater, and newly acquired Derek Hagan.
UPDATE: Both Moore and Criner were listed as limited at practice on Thursday.
Now the only remaining injured wide receiver is Jacoby Ford. He was jogging in practice earlier this week but not in attendance on Thursday. He is not likely to play in the opener and perhaps longer.