Denarius Moore's Return a Welcome Sight for Oakland Raiders

Carl StoffersCorrespondent IIDecember 14, 2011

Oakland desperately needs WR Denarius Moore back in the lineup
Oakland desperately needs WR Denarius Moore back in the lineupStephen Dunn/Getty Images

Wide receiver Denarius Moore, one of three key offensive players the Oakland Raiders have been missing the last few weeks, has returned to practice and is listed as questionable for this week's game against the Detroit Lions.

Moore, wide receiver Jacoby Ford and running back Darren McFadden have all missed the last several weeks with various injuries, dealing a major blow to the Oakland offense at a crucial time in the season. Moore's return to practice, which head coach Hue Jackson called "limited," is critical for a Raiders receiving corps that has been decimated by injuries, limiting quarterback Carson Palmer's ability to establish any chemistry with Oakland's offensive weapons.

"He did some things, some good things. I don't want to push him too far too fast, but to have him out there catching balls was a good start for him," Jackson said about Moore in the post-practice press conference.

According to Jackson, tomorrow's practice will be key as to whether Moore will be able to play Sunday against Detroit, but he continued to downplay the importance of getting any one player back and emphasized that the Raiders must play better on defense and special teams in addition to offense.

"Any time you can get one of your playmakers back, it's a tremendous boost, but this is a football team, not just one guy. Our team on offense, defense and special teams. We have to do a better job, period. It's got to be a team effort," Jackson said.

With the Raiders facing the NFL's ninth-ranked pass defense in an absolute must-win home game this weekend, any contribution Moore can make will be more than welcome in the Black Hole.