ALAMEDA – While the focus was generally concentrated on Derek Carr’s right pinky during Wednesday’s practice, the appendage and the Raiders quarterback it’s attached to were present.
The same can’t be said for a few key defensive players. Cornerback DJ Hayden (hamstring), defensive tackle Darius Latham (ankle) and edge rusher Shilique Calhoun (knee) missed practice, and it’s virtually certain they won’t play Sunday’s game against the Bills.
Hayden hurt himself Sunday against Carolina and was almost immediately ruled out. Latham was seen in the locker room walking a walking boot, assisted with a cane.
The interior defensive line took another hit with tackle Stacy McGee out with an ankle injury. His ailment’s severity remains unknown.
News on cornerback David Amerson looks promising. He missed the Panthers win with a knee injury, and was limited in practice. He missed two heavy practices last week and was limited during a Friday walk-thru.
Middle linebacker Perry Riley, who also missed the Panthers game, remains limited with a hamstring injury. Malcolm Smith popped up on the participation with an identical ailment and activity level.
Carr was a full participant and is expected to play on Sunday.
According to reports out of Buffalo, Bills receiver Sammy Watkins came out to practice but did not participate due to foot soreness. He returned last week after a long injury layoff.
Bills participation report
Did not practice: WR Robert Woods (knee), CB Ronald Darby (concussion), WR Percy Harvin (illness), LB Lorenzo Alexander (aknle), OT Cordy Glenn (back), S James Ihedigbo (ankle), WR Sammy Watkins (foot), TE Charles Clay
Limited practice: OG Richie Incognito (neck), DT Marcell Dareus (abdominal), RB Mike Gillislee (hamstring), LB Preston Brown (wrist), S Sergio Brown (hamsring), OG John Miller (shoulder)
Full participation: LB Zach Brown (hand), QB Tyrod Taylor (groin)
Raiders participation report
Did not practice: LB Shilique Calhoun (knee), CB DJ Hayden (hamstring), DT Darius Latham (ankle), DT Stacy McGee (ankle)
Limited participation: CB David Amerson (knee), WR Michael Crabtree (ankle), C Rodney Hudson (knee), RB Latavius Murray (ankle), OG Kelechi Osemele (knee), LB Malcolm Smith (hamstring), LB Perry Riley Jr. (hamstring)
Full participation: QB Derek Carr (finger)