The Raiders had their first practice of the week and among those not at practice today was starting cornerback turned safety, TJ Carrie according to media present at practice. The second-year defensive back injured his chest returning a punt in Sunday's game against the Bears and didn't return. His presence is crucial to the Raiders already weak secondary, so his status for next week is key.
While his official status is still unknown, Carrie said his injury isn't serious.
"I'm good, just bruised up from the game," Carrie told the Bay Area News Group. "That's just part of the game. Every week you're going to have little nicks and bruises no matter where it's at. You've just got to go out there and continue to recover and get back into the system."
Though the injury is not thought to be serious, his availability for practice the rest of the week will decide whether he will be able to play next Sunday when the Raiders face Peyton Manning and the Denver Broncos.
Carrie has been filling in at safety for the injured Nate Allen. Even with Carrie in the lineup, the Raiders have a shaky secondary. Without him, the outlook is fairly bleak.