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Aaron Curry returns to practice and other notes

Oakland Raiders’ linebacker Aaron Curry has returned to practice after bring placed on the physically unable to perform (PUP) list for the first six weeks of the season.  The Raiders have 21 days from Curry’s first practice to determine whether Curry will be activated or shut down for the year.  The Raiders could certainly use Curry, although an interesting note is that many don’t believe Curry would regain his starting weakside linebacker role.  Miles Burris has filled that role as well as anyone could hope.

Carson Palmer took Sunday’s loss rough, and said this week’s game is a “must win.”  He’s not wrong.  Oakland is entering a stretch of winnable games, and could pick up a game on idle San Diego and Denver.  The Raiders are relatively healthy with a couple exceptions, so they need to capitalize on that.  Oakland’s #1 goal will be stopping one of the NFL’s best running backs, Maurice Jones-Drew.  If they can do that, and if the secondary can play as well as they did on Sunday (can’t believe I’m writing that), then the offense will have plenty of time to get going.

Dennis Allen has been repeatedly questions as to why he didn’t go for a 58-yard field goal in the first quarter on Sunday.  I don’t think it was the wrong decision.  It was a judgment call.  If Shane Lechler would have coffin-cornered a punt at the one, he would have been called a genius.  If SeaBass would have gone for it and missed, people would have attacked Allen.  As it stands, SeaBass is on the injury list weekly for a sore groin.  Why force him to attempt such a kick early on in a game, even if he does have one of the strongest legs in the game?

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