Wednesday was a big step forward for Oakland Raiders linebacker Miles Burris, who practiced for the first time since undergoing knee surgery nearly 10 months ago.
According to the San Jose Mercury News, the Raiders will have three weeks to determine what to do with Burris, who remains on the team’s physically unable to perform list.
Burris had 96 tackles a year ago as a rookie, making 15 starts after being drafted in the fourth round out of San Diego State.
It wasn’t expected that Burris would be out this long, but his recovery process was slower than anticipated. He hasn’t talked about his recovery, so it’s not known publicly whether there were problems with the surgery or if there was some sort of setback incurred during rehabilitation.
Oakland will have to decide within the next three weeks whether to activate Burris to the 53-man roster, place him on injured reserve or cut him.
Burris started on the strong side last season and will get work at both outside spots and in the middle, where the Raiders need a backup to starter Nick Roach.
Also on Wednesday, second-round draft pick Menelik Watson returned to practice. The 315-pound Brit who played at Florida State has been on the field in just one game—the final preseason tilt against Seattle on Aug. 29—because of a calf injury and arthroscopic knee surgery.
Not practicing Wednesday were offensive linemen Tony Pashos and Andre Gurode. Pashos has a hip injury and Gurode is nursing a knee problem.
Defensive tackle Brian Sanford was brought back on Wednesday, four days after he was waived to make room for offensive lineman Jack Cornell.
Cornell was promoted from the practice squad because of all the injuries along the offensive line and was then waived on Monday and has since been re-signed to the practice squad.