Oakland Raiders WR Denarius Moore still absent from practice
Moore sustained a shoulder injury last week against the Houston Texans. He has missed his second day of practice now. The Raiders are already facing problems with their wide receivers are most are injured and the remaining aren’t up to the task. That would spell bad news for the match against the Titans.
Raiders coach Dennis Allen knew that players would need to put up a serious performance if they had a chance to win the game.
“Several guys need to step up,” Allen said. “It's just like everything else we've had to deal with as far as injuries are concerned. Next man up. Somebody's going to have to come out and perform.”
There are currently two wide receivers with the Raiders who have caught 10 or more passes during the season and Moore happens to be one of the two. He had been starting his position the as long as he has been with the team except when he was sidelined in 2012 after sustaining a hamstring injury.
His stats so far for catches, touchdowns and yards covered are solid among all receivers. He is also the sole player to have a 100 yard game. Randy Moss had broken the 1,000 yard mark in 2005 and Moore was looking to break that record too. In case he remains out of the game against Titans, he will have only 16 games to make it there.
Allen said that Moore had been a solid receiver who had contributed well to the team. His presence on the field was necessary to help the team win.
"Denarius has been really our leading receiver so it'll have an effect," Allen said. "We've got several quality wide receivers. All those guys have been a factor for us and they need to continue to be a factor for us."
The Raiders won against the Texans last week 28-23 and McGloin threw for three touchdowns and had no interceptions. He wasn’t anxious if Moore would make it or not as he has good coordination with the receivers and knew he could manage without him.
“We talk all the time. My locker's right next to Rod (Streater) and a lot of the wideouts, so we're constantly talking about the game and we're constantly having fun,” McGloin said. “The communication has never been an issue.”