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Raiders’ defensive tackle Maliek Collins practices Friday

Las Vegas needs all the help it can get on defensive front Sunday at Kansas City

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Don’t look now, but the Las Vegas Raiders appear to be getting healthier and just in time for a crucial game at the Kansas City Chiefs on Sunday.

Defensive tackle Maliek Collins was at practice Friday for the first time this week. He had been dealing with a shoulder injury.

Barring a setback, Collins’ presence on the practice field Friday is an indication he has a chance to play against the Chiefs on Sunday. The Raiders badly need Collins to be ready with defensive tackle Maurice Hurst on the Reserve-Covid-19 list.

Going into a game against Patrick Mahomes and the Chiefs’ offense, the Raiders need their defensive line as possible.

Meanwhile, right tackle Trent Brown (calf) and rookie wide receiver Henry Ruggs III (hamstring) both have a chance to play Sunday as well. Brown has missed three games and Ruggs has missed two games.

After practice Friday, Gruden would only say he is “hopeful” Collins, Brown and Ruggs will play Sunday. Brown told reporters Friday he feels “OK” and it will be a “game-time decision” whether he plays Sunday. He did practice fully Friday.

Browns, Collins, Ruggs and backup receiver Rico Gafford, who also didn’t play last week, are all listed as questionable to play Sunday on the injury report. Rookie receiver Bryan Edwards is listed as out on the injury report and will miss his second game with an ankle injury.