OAKLAND -- Raiders cornerback David Amerson practiced each day this week, albiet on a limited basis. That in itself was progress made by the team's best cover man, after he was shelved more than a month with a foot injury.
Amerson said he felt as healthy as he had since the injury. He was considered questionable for Sunday's game against the New York Giants, but won't play in it.
He was among the Raiders inactives announced before kickoff, meaning Sean Smith, TJ Carrie and Dexter McDonald will continue as the team's primary cornerbacks. Obi Melifonwu is in that mix as well.
The Raiders received more bad news on the health front. Starting weakside linebacker Cory James won't play the Giants, either. He was considered questionable with a knee injury.
Amari Cooper was ruled out earlier in the week, and Michael Crabtree is suspended for unsportsmanlike conduct.
In addition, quarterback Connor Cook, offensive tackle Jylan Ware, defensive tackle Jihad Ward and edge rusher Shilique Calhoun are inactive.
NAPA – The Raiders activated Donald Penn off the physically unable to perform list on Tuesday morning, and have asked him to switch positions.
The career left tackle was seen working on the right flank in his first practice back from Dec. 2017 Lisfranc foot surgery, a position he played just once as a professional.
He spent 24 snaps at right tackle in a 2016 regular-season opening victory at New Orleans, and then went back to his normal position. He was selected to the Pro Bowl in each of the last two seasons playing left tackle.
First-round pick Kolton Miller has played left tackle through the offseason program and training camp with Penn out. Coaches have praised the UCLA product and his peers for work his practice and play.
Penn’s activation comes a day after he agreed to restructure his contract, a league source told NBC Sports Bay Area, where he took less money in 2018 in exchange for new guaranteed money in 2018 and 2019. Exact terms are not known at this time.
The Raiders have problems at right tackle with Breno Giacomini missing most of camp with a knee injury. Rookie third-round offensive tackle Brandon Parker has been impacted by an ankle injury.
Miller played right tackle as a junior at UCLA, but didn’t perform well there and has publicly stated his preference to stay on the left.
Head coach Jon Gruden is not scheduled to speak with the media until Wednesday afternoon.
Stay tuned for updates on this story.
Former Raiders cornerback Sean Smith was released from jail on Tuesday after serving five months of a one-year sentence.
TMZ Sports reported on Aug. 6 that Smith was set to be released early for good behavior and overcrowding. Smith's release date was set for Sept. 5, but that was moved up by nearly a month.
Smith pled guilty to assault in March and was then released by the Raiders.
The Raiders signed Smith to a four-year, $40 million deal in March of 2016. That contract only lasted two disappointing seasons.
In Smith's two seasons with the Raiders, he totaled four interceptions and 15 pass defenses.