A shoulder injury sidelined Oakland Raiders wide receiver Denarius Moore for the second straight day of practice on Thursday and rookie quarterback Matt McGloin may be without his best weapon in the passing game against the Tennessee Titans on Sunday.
The San Jose Mercury News reported that Moore was out again. Moore injured the shoulder and had an MRI on Monday.
Moore leads the Raiders in receiving this year with 37 catches for 569 yards and five touchdowns. If he can’t go, Andre Holmes would likely start.
Coach Dennis Allen said that while Moore isn’t risking more damage to the shoulder if he plays, it comes down to what Moore can bear.
“This is going to be something that he’s going to have to deal with as we finish out the season,” Allen said. “Whenever he can tolerate the pain and be able to push through it, then he’ll be back up. It’s not a surgery thing or anything like that.”
Also not practicing were running back Darren McFadden, who’s missed two straight games because of a groin injury, and defensive end Jason Hunter, who is nursing a foot injury.
Holmes is in his first year with the Raiders and has one catch for 33 yards. He’s been active for four games this year and has not made a start in his three-year career with the Cowboys and Oakland.
Holmes was an undrafted free agent out of Division II Hillsdale College in Michigan. He originally signed with Minnesota and was an early preseason cut in 2011. He spent 2011 on Dallas’ practice squad but played seven games in 2012, catching two passes for 11 yards.
He was signed by the Raiders on May 13, after he was waived by the Patriots and sat out a four game suspension to start the year for violating the NFL’s performance-enhancing drug policy. He was activated by the Raiders after quarterback Matt Flynn was released.