ALAMEDA – Raiders cornerback Sean Smith had his left shoulder wrapped tight in a harness on Thursday morning, and tested his ailing joint with added protection in an afternoon practice.
Smith hurt himself on the second snap of Sunday’s game at Tampa Bay and did not return, putting his playing status for a Week 9 contest versus Denver into question.
His participation in Thursday’s practice doesn’t resolve it. He participated in individual drills during open portions of practice, though the first unit still belonged to DJ Hayden, TJ Carrie and David Amerson in the early going.
The Raiders certainly hope Smith can return to play Denver’s big outside receivers in Demaryius Thomas and Emmanuel Sanders, though it’s unknown at this time whether that will happen.
Defensive tackle Stacy McGee remains out with an ankle injury. Offensive linemen Donald Penn, Kelechi Osemele and Rodney Hudson returned after getting extra rest following an overtime Buccaneers victory.
Amari Cooper was limited in Wednesday’s work with a back strain and was again on Thursday.
Raiders participation report
Did not practice: DT Stacy McGee (ankle)
Limited participation: C Rodney Hudson (knee), G Kelechi Osemele (knee), OL Vadal Alexander (ankle), WR Amari Cooper (back), RB Taiwan Jones (knee), OT Menelik Watson (calf), CB Sean Smith (shoulder)
Broncos participation report
Did not practice: C Matt Paradis (hip), CB Aqib Talib (back), CB Kayvon Webster (hamstring), OT Russell Okung (not injury related)
Limited participation: RB Devontae Booker (shoulder), OLB Brandon Marshall (hamstring)
Full participation:FB Andy Janovich (hand), QB Trevor Siemian (shoulder), OLB DeMarcus Ware (forearm), NT Sylvester Williams (ankle), CB Chis Harris Jr. (not injury related), S Darian Stewart (not injury related), S T.J. Ward (not injury related), OLB Shaquil Barrett (shoulder)