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September 27, 2012
First practice with Raiders 'felt good,' says Carter

ALAMEDA -- Veteran defensive end Andre Carter said he "felt good" in his first practice with the Raiders Thursday, a day after signing with the team. Carter is coming off of a torn quadriceps suffered at the end of last season.

"They're being smart as far as just slowly working me in from a physical standpoint, because it's been a while, and also just giving me an opportunity to learn the scheme," Carter said. "It's all a matter of baby steps."

Head coach Dennis Allen said it hasn't been determined whether Carter will play Sunday against the Denver Broncos. Allen said Carter "looked pretty good" in practice. When Carter is ready to play, Allen said you'll see him lining up on both the left and right sides.

"We've got the rest of the day. We've got all day tomorrow and Saturday to try to get him ready," Allen said. "So we'll see where he's at."

Carter worked out for the Raiders twice before signing, the first time at their training camp in Alameda. Allen said the Raiders wanted to get a look at Carter then and "weren't ready at that particular time to make any moves. And then when we decided to bring him back, we just wanted to double-check where he was and we liked what we saw."

As for picking up the Raiders' scheme, Carter said he's "getting there."

"Everybody has a different scheme, but I think this scheme in general is pretty simple as far as understanding the terminology and understanding the basis of what they're trying to do," he said.

* Defensive tackle Richard Seymour (knee) practiced Thursday after being held out the day before. Receiver Darrius Heyward-Bey (concussion, neck strain), tackle Khalif Barnes (groin) and cornerback Shawntae Spencer (foot) did not practice.

Receiver Rod Streater (poked in eye) and center/guard Alex Parsons (shoulder) were each a full go after being limited on Wednesday.

-- Matt Kawahara

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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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