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September 3, 2012
Allen still 'hopeful' Raiders will have Ford, Moore for opener

ALAMEDA -- Raiders head coach Dennis Allen said today he remains "hopeful" that receivers Denarius Moore and Jacoby Ford and center Stefen Wisniewski will all be available to play in the season opener. Wisniewski, who has been battling a calf injury, was limited in practice this morning but "moved around pretty good," Allen said.

Ford (foot) and Moore (hamstring) did not practice. Allen said Moore has had no problems running the past couple of days. Ford has not started running since he stopped wearing a protective boot on his left foot. Both have the benefit this week of an extra day of practice -- and thereby rehab -- since the Raiders open on Monday night against the Chargers.

Rookie receiver Juron Criner also was favoring his ankle during practice. The last thing that group needs is another injury, but Allen said of Criner: "I don't really think it's a big deal. He was able to get out and run around pretty well yesterday. Little bit more sore today, but it's a long time until Monday night, so I think we'll be fine there."

Allen said recently signed defensive back Phillip Adams may be used to return punts right now. Adams, brought in Saturday after the Seahawks waived him the day before, has returned four punts in his NFL career, all with the 49ers in 2010. He said he returned some for Seattle this preseason, though, as well as in college at South Carolina State, and that he likes the job.

"He's done it before and has had a little bit of success doing it, so he'll be one guy we could put back there," Allen said. "Then obviously when we get Denarius and Jacoby back, that gives us a couple other options."

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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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