The injuries are piling up already for the Raiders. That's the bad news. The good news is most of them are expected to be back by training camp.
As of the start of the first day of minicamp there were five players not practicing due to injury. Those players are Antonio Smith, D.J. Hayden, Lucas Nix, Kevin Burnett, and Carlos Rogers.
The injuries don't end there, however. James Jones landed awkwardly during practice and got up clutching his left shoulder.
"It's not anything serious," Allen said of Jones' shoulder. "Whether it keeps him out for the next two days or not, I don't know, we'll have to see how he is this afternoon and how he is tomorrow morning."
The new name to this list at the start of practice was Rogers who has a calf injury as confirmed by Allen who also said it isn't considered serious. Rogers was on the sideline not practicing though he had no visible limp.
Fellow defensive back teammate, DJ Hayden, was still in the walking boot which he first was spotted wearing in the team's second OTA. Initially Dennis Allen said he had just rolled the ankle and it wasn't serious. Allen now confirms it is an ankle sprain.
"It's definitely a setback, there's no question about it," said Allen. "I mean, DJ's still a young player, he needs a lot of reps, but I don't think it's the end all, be all. I don't think it's something that he can't overcome, but he's got to stay into it mentally. He's got to do a little extra work over the offseason. Once the players get out of here, make sure he puts himself not only in the best physical shape, but also the best mental shape."
Both Antonio Smith and Kevin Burnett were working on the side during practice today. Both players have been out all off-season - Smith after a surgery to repair an undisclosed injury he suffered during workouts and Burnett rehabbing an ankle injury.
Allen also revealed the offensive guard, Lucas Nix had a procedure done on his knee this off-season.
"Lucas Nix, had a procedure today on his knee," said Allen. "He's the only guy as I see it right now that might be questionable for the start of training camp. I don't see any of these other injuries really being an issue."