SARASOTA, Fla. – Raiders special teams standout Taiwan Jones watched Wednesday’s practice from the bleachers. On Thursday, he got back on the field.
Jones was limited in a practice conducted at the IMG Academy, a sign that he’s close to full health after missing a game with a knee injury.
The Raiders were without their best cover men in Jacksonville, with Jones and Brynden Trawick sidelined with injury. It’s possible that both are back to play the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Sunday.
Trawick has been limited in practice this week. So were rehabbing offensive linemen Menelik Watson (calf) and Vadal Alexander (ankle). The Raiders hope to have one or both of them available in Tampa Bay. Austin Howard has started the last two games at right tackle.
The Raiders brought Mario Edwards Jr. out to Florida, though he hasn’t been formally cleared to practice.
Tampa Bay is still working without running back Doug Martin, who has been sidelined with a hamstring strain.
Raiders participation report
Did not practice: DT Stacy McGee (knee)
Limited participation: RB Taiwan Jones (knee), Vadal Alexander (ankle), S Brynden Trawick (shoulder) OT Menelik Watson (calf), WR Andre Holmes (hip)
Buccaneers participation report
Did not practice: RB Doug Martin (hamstring)
Limited participation: DE Robert Ayers (ankle), C Joe Hawley (ankle), DT Clinton McDonald (hamstring), DL Gerald McCoy (calf)