ALAMEDA – Latavius Murray’s return was the primary focus of Wednesday’s Raiders practice. The Pro Bowl running back drew the camera’s eye during portions open to the media, as onlookers watched him run and cut for the first time since being diagnosed with turf toe after a Week 4 win at Baltimore.
Lost in the shuffle was hulking right tackle Menelik Watson getting back to work after a three-week layoff with a calf strain.
It’s uncertain how if he’s ready to reclaim his starting spot along the offensive line, one he earned with a solid preseason, in time for Sunday’s game against Jacksonville. He was limited on Wednesday.
Murray was also limited in his return.
The Raiders have used five players at right tackle, a spot hit heavy by an injury plague. They’ve started three different players there already, though Austin Howard remains healthy after starting last week – he missed time with an ankle injury – and is the option if Watson isn’t ready to play.
Rookie offensive tackle Vadal Alexander remains out with an ankle injury he suffered in Week 5, after making his second start on the right side.
Special teams player Brynden Trawick missed practice with a shoulder injury.
Raiders head coach Jack Del Rio hoped that defensive lineman Mario Edwards Jr., on injured reserve with a hip injury, would soon be ready for side work. He did not start running during Wednesday's portion of practice open to the press. He is now eligible to practice, and is first eligible to play in Week 9 against Denver.
Raiders participation report
Did not practice: Vadal Alexander (ankle), S Brynden Trawick (shoulder)
Limited participation: Latavius Murray (toe), OT Menelik Watson (calf), RB Taiwan Jones (knee), OT Matt McCants (knee), C Rodney Hudson (knee), OG Gabe Jackson (knee) Jon Feliciano (calf)
Jaguars participation report
Did not practice: DT Abry Jones (hamstring), RT Jeremey Parnell (hip)
Limited participation: CB Prince Amukamara (hamstring), S Johnathan Cyprien (calf), C Brandon Linder (foot), OT Kelvin Beachum (knee), DT Jared Odrick (hip), TE Neal Sterling (foot), WR Allen Hurns (shoulder)
Full participation: WR Rashad Greene (Achilles), RB Cory Grant (toe), S Tashaun Gipson (knee)