Raiders linebacker Aaron Curry went on the PUP list at the start of training camp, which means that he hasn’t taken part in one practice yet this season.
The Raiders expect that to change next week. That’s when Curry and other players who spent time on the physically unable to perform list are eligible to return to the practice field.
Curry has been sidelined with knee issues that led him to try stem cell treatment over the summer in hopes of accelerating the healing process. Coach Dennis Allen thinks that Curry will be able to get back to work right away and that the former first-round pick of the Seahawks will need all the work he can get.
“I think he’s made some progress,” Allen said, via Paul Gutierrez of CSNBayArea.com. “It’s different when you’re doing your rehab work as opposed to when you’re actually out there playing football. It will be a great deal for us to get him out here, get him working some football, running around and doing some football movement and really getting back into the swing of what we’re doing defensively because it’s been a while since he’s gotten an opportunity to participate.”
Once Curry practices, the team will have a three-week window to put him on the 53-man roster or they will have to shut him down for the rest of the 2012 season. The guess is that the Raiders will avoid doing that if there’s any chance of Curry helping the defense this season because the players they have been putting on the field haven’t been anywhere near good enough to get the Raiders the winning record that they’ve been chasing for years. Curry’s not enough to get them over that hump all by himself, but the Raiders aren’t really in position to look down their noses at any potential help for a unit that’s been beaten up in the first four games of the season.