Barry Sims has re-injured his left foot and is wearing a protective boot but the Raiders starting left tackle said he is determined to play in Oakland's game this week at Philadelphia.
Sims was held out of practice Monday when the Raiders returned to work following their bye on Sunday. Sims had missed most of the team's off season workouts with a similar injury to his same foot. The 26-year-old Sims had a screw inserted into his foot and was unable to participate in the team's mini-camps as a result. He was eased into the team's training camp regimen but came on strong to beat out Matt Stinchcomb for the starting job.
‘'It's unfortunate that this had to happen again because we felt we took all the precautions in the preseason to make sure it didn't happen again,'' said Sims on Monday. ‘'What I have to do now is just let it heal.'' Sims was apparently injured on the second play of the Raiders 28-21 win over Dallas on Oct. 7. Though he stayed in the game and played the rest of the way, as well as the entire 60 minutes in Oakland's 23-18 win over Indianapolis a week later, Sims was listed on the team's injury report last week. Sims said has no intentions of coming out of the Raiders lineup and said he is hopeful he can practice with the team on Wednesday.
‘'I'm not stepping down at all,'' Sims said. ‘'There's no way I'm coming out of the game. I worked too hard to be in this position, this point, to come out for this.'' Backup quarterback Bobby Hoying, who has not practiced since injuring his right (throwing) elbow on Sept. 28, was also kept from practice on Monday but could resume throwing later this week.
The Raiders held a light workout Monday after a three-day weekend pass from head coach Jon Gruden. At 4-1 Oakland is atop the AFC West standings. Several of the players will take part in Tim Brown's annual charity golf invitational on Tuesday. This is the seventh year of the event, which this year will help raise money the 9-1-1 for Kids, a nationwide program that supports safety education for children.