Denarius Moore put his best foot forward, and his other one too.

Whether the Raiders rookie wide receiver will play against the Detroit Lions on Sunday remains to be seen, but at least Moore was on the practice field Wednesday after missing the past three games, shagging some punts and catching some passes.

Wide receiver Jacoby Ford, however, worked for a time with the training staff and didn't practice. Like Moore, he also is dealing with a foot injury and is likely to miss his fifth straight game. Running back Darren McFadden wasn't on the field and likely will be a spectator for the seventh consecutive game after suffering a foot injury Oct. 23 against Kansas City.

At least wide receiver Chaz Schilens, hampered by a foot injury but having played in the past two games, made it to the practice field in a limited fashion along with Moore.

Coach Hue Jackson said the Raiders have looked closely at the circumstances of all the foot injuries, which he said are similar in nature if not severity, and have reached no conclusions.

The club has examined shoes, looked into custom orthotics and investigated the nature and cause of the injuries.

"I've never seen anything like it," Jackson said. "The hard part for us is we've had three or four guys with almost the same thing."

Jackson does, however, have a theory.


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"Maybe it was because there wasn't any offseason, then all of a sudden you go to training camp and there's a bunch of running all of a sudden and here you go, 'Play the game,' " Jackson said. "That's one man's opinion."

The week-to-week nature of McFadden's injury, plus a hamstring issue for Taiwan Jones, has left Michael Bush as the lone running back other than special teams player Rock Cartwright.

Jackson said had he known how long McFadden would be out, he would have considered bringing in another running back.

  • Considering the time McFadden will need for conditioning when he returns, the earliest possible return date would likely be the regular-season finale Jan. 1.

  • Cornerback Chris Johnson was in Fort Worth, Texas, at the funeral of his sister, Jennifer Johnson, who was shot and killed last week. The father of Jennifer Johnson's two children has been charged in the shooting. Jackson said Johnson requested to be inactive last Sunday against Green Bay because he wasn't mentally prepared to play. It's expected Johnson will be back at practice Thursday or Friday.

  • Also not practicing Wednesday were free safety Michael Huff (hamstring), defensive tackle John Henderson (knee) and quarterback Jason Campbell (collarbone). Defensive tackle Tommy Kelly (toe), defensive end Jarvis Moss (shoulder) and center Samson Satele (shoulder) were limited.

  • Sebastian Janikowski leads the fan voting at place-kicker for the AFC Pro Bowl team with 203,613 votes. Shane Lechler tops the punters with 189,926.

  • Quarterback Carson Palmer, fullback Marcel Reece, Bush and Moore will sign autographs in exchange for a new, unwrapped toy valued at $20 or more as part of the Toys for Tots program Monday at the Raider Image store at Southland Mall in Hayward.