The status of Miles Burris' knee has been a mystery all off-season. The surgery Burris had was way back in January. His absence from OTA's and minicamp didn't raise much concern, but he was fully expected to be ready to go once training camp started. Now, entering the team's first preseason game of 2013, Burris has still not seen a practice in 2013 and today Dennis Allen put Burris status for the beginning of the season officially in doubt.
"I still don't see anybody with the exception of potentially Miles Burris being a major long term type of deal," said Allen. "Miles has not progressed like he or I had anticipated so he's probably, from the standpoint of whether he's gonna be ready for the opening game of the season, he's a concern."
Those words from Allen are eerily familiar to what we saw from Aaron Curry in camp last year. The team had Curry pegged as the starter but Curry couldn't get on the field due to mysterious knee issues. Curry, like Burris, wasn't healing as expected from an off-season knee surgery. Burris stepped up as first team linebacker in camp and when Curry was placed on partial season injured reserve, Burris kept the job.
I had reported back on July 30th of the obvious lack of optimism coming from Dennis Allen and the Raiders. And if he is already putting Burris' status for the start of the regular season in doubt, it is entirely possible a partial season IR or PUP situation could be in Burris' future.
Sio Moore has already replaced Burris at weakside linebacker and there is depth at the position so the team is not desperate to rush him back.