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August 21, 2012
Raiders work out Andre Carter, Moore hopeful for week 1, etc.

by Matt Kawahara
mkawahara@sacbee.com

NAPA -- The Raiders brought in free agent defensive end Andre Carter for a workout Tuesday. Carter had 10 sacks in 14 games for the New England Patriots last season before suffering a left quadriceps tear.

"I've got to stay low-key," Carter told reporters while leaving the practice field. "If it works out, God willing ..."

Carter, the former Cal Bear and San Francisco 49er, has 76 career sacks in 11 seasons. The Raiders cut a big part of their pass rush from last season (linebacker Kamerion Wimbley, 7 sacks in 2011) in March.

"We're going to shake all the bushes and see what falls out, and if we feel like we've got something that can helps us, we're going to do it," said Raiders head coach Dennis Allen.

* Allen said he's hopeful receiver Denarius Moore, who has not played in the preseason with a hamstring injury, will be able to return for the season opener Sept. 10. Moore was working out off to the side Tuesday but hasn't practiced since the first week of camp.

"He's making progress," Allen said. "He was a little bit better today than he was yesterday, so as long as there's no setbacks I'm hoping to have him out here sooner rather than later."

Allen hasn't been much more specific when it comes to Jacoby Ford, who still had a protective boot on his left foot Tuesday. He did say that rookie receiver Rod Streater, who has 13 catches for 109 yards in two preseason games, will start in Ford's place against the Detroit Lions on Saturday.

Darrius Heyward-Bey, who sat out Sunday's practice with a sore shoulder, was back on the field Tuesday.

* Allen said backup quarterback Matt Leinart, who practiced in pads Tuesday, is "fine" after getting two stitches to close a cut in his right index finger Friday night. Snaps and handoffs "shouldn't be any issue," Allen said.

Safety Michael Huff was also at practice after missing the Arizona game to attend the birth of his daughter, Madeline Rae Huff. "I got about four hours (sleep) the past two days," Huff said. "It's all worth it though."

Not practicing Tuesday were Jamie Cumbie (foot), Aaron Curry (knee), Ford (foot), Zach Hurd (head), Rashawn Jackson (hip), Moore (hamstring), Richard Seymour, Ed Wang (shoulder) and Stefen Wisniewski (calf).

* The Raiders are in their final week of camp in Napa and transitioning into more of a regular-season routine. Tuesday, that meant starting to game plan for the Lions. At least one drill included a Raiders player wearing a blue No. 81 jersey, standing in for Lions receiver Calvin Johnson.

"It's more of a dress rehearsal, kind of taking the guys through, how we're going to go about game planning for a week all the way up until game day," Allen said. "We've got a little bit more in from a game-planning standpoint this week than we normally do -- still not full game plan but more than what we've done in the first two preseason games."

The transition also means the return of the 30-minute practice viewing window for media. The Raiders are scheduled to break camp at the end of the week and pick up again next week at their Alameda headquarters.

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About Raiders Blog and Q&A

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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