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October 5, 2011
WR Murphy returns to practice

ALAMEDA - The Raiders had all six of their wide receivers at practice for the first time this season with Louis Murphy back at practice.

Murphy had sports hernia surgery Aug. 17 during training camp and has been out since.

"We'll see how (Murphy) feels tomorrow," said Raiders coach Hue Jackson. "Again, that's his first extended practice, so until tomorrow we'll get an idea what he really feels like and go from there."

Jackson said Murphy's eventual return would not cut into rookie wideout Denarius Moore's time.

"You earn what you get and get what you earn," Jackson said. "All those other guys are back, and they'll earn their time - they're good players. And we'll give them opportunities as we continue to move forward. But they have nothing to do Denarius Moore. We have two very talented players that have a chance to get back on the field for us, and I'm looking forward to it."

Moore, Jacoby Ford and Darrius Heyward-Bey figure to get plenty of reps at receiver. That leaves Chaz Schilens, Derek Hagan and Murphy trying to find their way into the rotation.

One solution will eventually include more empty backfield sets with four and five wide receivers.
"Now that we're getting our guys back, there are quite a few things that I would like to do," Jackson said. "Once I can get all these Lamborghinis and Mercedes Benzes out here, and get them moving around as a unit and playing together and playing off each other, can we start to explore and do more things."

*The Raiders signed running back Nic Grigsby to the practice squad. He had been on Miami's practice squad until being cut Monday.

Grigsby said he worked out with Texans running back Arian Foster in the offseason. Foster went from practice squad player to leading the NFL in rushing last season:

"He was undrafted, too and was on the practice squad for a whole year, I mean, through injury he got his shot and didn't let it go. He told me to keep practicing, keep trying, I know my ability is I can play with my ability in the NFL. Now its just time to grow up and be a pro now...just be a hard-nosed player. It's not like college anymore. He told me to keep fighting, I'll be up soon and making pays for somebody soon."

*Defensive end Jarvis Moss injured his chest during practice. Jackson didn't know the extent of the injury. Safety Michael Huff (ankle) is also back and looks like he could play this week.

Here's your injury report from today:


LB Ricky Brown (concussion), TE Richard Gordon (hand), CB Chris Johnson (groin), RB Marcel Reece (ankle), DE Matt Shaughnessy (shoulder)


QB Jason Campbell (foot), CB Chimdi Chekwa (hamstring), S Michael Huff (ankle), DE Jarvis Moss (chest), WR Louis Murphy (groin)


S Jerome Boyd (knee), RB Michael Bush (ankle), RB Taiwan Jones (calf), S Michael Mitchell (knee)



LB Tim Dobbins (hamstring), WR Andre Johnson (hamstring), RB Ben Tate (groin), RB Derrick Ward (ankle, shoulder)


CB Kareem Jackson (knee), WR Jacoby Jones (knee), CB Brice McCain (groin), CB Sherrick McManis (hamstring), LB DeMeco Ryans (elbow, hamstring)


G Thomas Austin (knee), CB Johnathan Joseph (hamstring), C Chris Myers (elbow, ankle), DE Antonio Smith (ankle)

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Matt Kawahara was born in Sacramento and attended McClatchy High School and UC Berkeley, where he wrote for the independent student paper The Daily Californian. He graduated from Cal in 2010 and started at The Sacramento Bee as a summer intern. He joined The Bee's sports staff in fall 2011.

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