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Denarius Moore looking full go, game time decision for Raiders opener

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Oakland Raiders wide receiver Denarius Moore (photo by Levi Damien)
Oakland Raiders wide receiver Denarius Moore (photo by Levi Damien)

Raiders wide receiver Denarius Moore returned to practice Thursday for the first time in over a month. He was recovering from re-aggravating a hamstring injury he originally suffered in minicamp. He was limited in practice and it is uncertain if he will play on Monday.

Though he is officially listed as limited in practice, he doesn't look limited. He appears to be full speed with full body movement. He has no limp and is not wearing any kind of wrap or brace on the hamstring.

For Moore, it's been a long way back but it was a necessary process to ensure the hamstring was completely healed.

"I think it was the best to do that right there to make sure it was 100 percent and get confidence back in my hamstring when I got back out there," said Moore. "That's what we were doing, getting the full confidence back and getting into the swing of things at the same time, knocking two birds with one stone."

For Carson Palmer, it is great to have his number one receiver back on the field.

"[It's] huge," said Palmer of having Moore back healthy. "Just to see him in a helmet in shoulder pads, it's been so long. I know he's worked hard at it. I know it's been a frustrating training camp for him because he's a football player and that's what he wants to be doing. It's good to see him out there getting reps, getting his legs back out there underneath him. He's going to need that. You lose football shape really fast and it's hard to get it back. So it's good to see him getting some work today and hopefully he'll continue to improve as the week goes on."

Moore didn't just jump back into his starting job upon his return. He continues to work with the second team while Rod Streater and Darrius Heyward-Bey take first team reps.

"It's going to be hard," said Moore. "As soon as we get back out there we have to make sure the timing is down and get back to where we were last year.

"It felt really good to be back out there with my teammates and get my timing down with the quarterback, just getting a feel for things. I've been out for so long you somewhat forget the fundamentals, just getting back to that. "

Both Dennis Allen said Moore say he's day to day and a game time decision for the Monday night opener. From the looks of it, he will play. The uncertainty is whether he will start or how much he'll play.