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New England Patriots vs. Oakland Raiders Injury Report

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Five players sat out practice completely for the Oakland Raiders as they prepare for their game with the evil New England Patriots. Louis Murphy is still not able to take to the practice field. He was joined by new additions to the practice sidelines by Chris Johnson, Ricky Brown, Marcel Reece and Matt Shaughnessy.

This news is a little concerning. Obviously, all of these guys are in serious jeopardy of not being able to play. Shaughnessy and Johnson's absence is the most alarming. The Raiders will need all the corner help they can get. While Chimdi Chekwa and Joe Porter filled in well for Johnson last week, it would still be nice to have a healthy Johnson on the field.

Shaughnessy has plenty of capable backups. The Raiders defensive line is deep and capable. However, Shaughnessy is playing at a level that is irreplaceable. The defensive line is still a strength, but it is not as complete without Shaughnessy. There is not another defensive end on the roster that is as good at rushing the passer and play the run. 

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The good news in the list of players that did not participate is that Mike Mitchell and Michael Huff were not on that list. Both participated in a limited fashion. The fact that Huff was on the field means that he has passed the concussion tests, and he should be a lock to play.

It also seems like Mitchell may be on track to play. Both will be welcomed additions against a Patriot team that loves to throw to their tight ends.

Speaking of that, one of the Patriots two-headed TE monster was out of practice on Wednesday. Aaron Hernandez missed with knee issues.

G Logan Mankins was also a surprise addition to the did not participate list. He was listed out due to illness. I would expect he will be ready to play on Sunday. The Patriots had 11 players that were limited at practice. I would expect most, if not all, will play.

Here is the full report from Wednesday's practice, as found on NFL.com.

Name Position Injury Practice Status Game Status
NE
Aaron Hernandez TE Knee Did Not Participate In Practice --
Logan Mankins G Illness Did Not Participate In Practice --
Sebastian Vollmer T Back Did Not Participate In Practice --
Mike Wright DE Concussion Did Not Participate In Practice --
Josh Barrett S Thumb Full Participation in Practice --
Dane Fletcher LB Thumb Full Participation in Practice --
Kyle Arrington CB Chest Limited Participation in Practice --
Leigh Bodden CB Groin Limited Participation in Practice --
Patrick Chung S Hand Limited Participation in Practice --
Ras-I Dowling CB Hip Limited Participation in Practice --
Shaun Ellis DE Knee Limited Participation in Practice --
Gary Guyton LB Hamstring Limited Participation in Practice --
Albert Haynesworth DE Back Limited Participation in Practice --
Jerod Mayo LB Thigh Limited Participation in Practice --
Zoltan Mesko P left Knee Limited Participation in Practice --
Taylor Price WR Hamstring Limited Participation in Practice --
Ryan Wendell C Calf Limited Participation in Practice --
OAK
Ricky Brown LB Concussion Did Not Participate In Practice --
Chris Johnson CB Hamstring Did Not Participate In Practice --
Louis Murphy WR Groin Did Not Participate In Practice --
Marcel Reece RB Ankle Did Not Participate In Practice --
Matt Shaughnessy DE Shoulder Did Not Participate In Practice --
Jerome Boyd S Knee Full Participation in Practice --
Matt Giordano S Shoulder Full Participation in Practice --
Quentin Groves LB Quadricep Full Participation in Practice --
Darren McFadden RB Shoulder Full Participation in Practice --
DeMarcus Van Dyke CB Knee Full Participation in Practice --
Jason Campbell QB Foot Limited Participation in Practice --
Chimdi Chekwa CB Hamstring Limited Participation in Practice --
Jacoby Ford WR Hamstring Limited Participation in Practice --
Michael Huff S Concussion Limited Participation in Practice --
Michael Mitchell S Knee Limited Participation in Practice --