Reece, Butler return to practice

The Raiders returned to Alameda for an unpadded practice on Tuesday but saw the return of a key piece to their offense.

Versatile fullback Marcel Reece was back on the field sans protective booth just a day after sitting out with said gear. Reece was scheduled to have an MRI after yesterday’s practice, which appears to have come up negative. We’ll likely know more on Reece’s injury after practice and head coach Dennis Allen’s post practice press conference.

Reece is an important piece of the offense as he is not just a lead blocker but is a dangerous weapon out of the backfield. Reece was a wide receiver at the University of Washington before being converted to a fullback by the Raiders.

Joining Reece in a return to the field was wide receivers Juron Criner (hip) and Brice Butler (concussion), along with tight end Scott Simonson (concussion). Butler and Simonson suffered concussions in the Raiders 27-26 victory over the Lions last Friday, while Criner injured his hip in last week’s joint practices with the Dallas Cowboys.

Fourth-round pick Justin “Jelly” Ellis continued to remain out with his concussion. It has been 11 days since Ellis went out with a concussion.

Offensive lineman Matt McCants, who also suffered a concussion against the Lions, also did not return to the practice field for the Raiders.

Special teams ace Taiwan Jones, who Allen said was “banged up”, remained out of practice again in an effort to get healthy for the regular season.

We’ll see if we obtain some further knowledge of the Raiders injuries during Allen’s press conference following practice.

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