Kenny Wright and Ramon Walker
These two both had ACL tears in December of last season.
Any word on rehab, availablity for training camp, etc.?
I'm pretty sure Wright's was a PCL which doesn't require quite as much rehab as the ACL. If that's the case we will probably see him before Walker. We may not see Walker until mid-season or he could be a PUP candidate. Nine months would be pushing it for surgery on an ACL tear, and since he had his surgery in early December nine months would be September.
Got this off a Raiders website: A player who is put on the PUP list before the preseason's first roster cutdown (from 80 to 65 players) must remain inactive through the sixth week of the regular season. At that point, he has a three-week practice "window" before he must either return to the 53-man roster or end his season on injured reserve.
So right now the safety depth chart is this:
With both Walker and Earl trying to come back from major knee injuries, McCree could end up as the de facto backup for both safety spots, with either Burns or Lord making the squad almost strictly as special teams performers. If Burns wins the job, Lord would surely be put on the practice squad. If Lord wins the job, I don't know if Burns would be eligible for the practice squad or not. The following is part of Burns bio on the main page.
Anyway, the backup for strong safety could be up in the air if both Walker and Earl aren't recovered enough from last year's injuries. Lord probably needs a year of practice before he gets put in the defensive secondary. Burns could end up making the squad by default, being the only option available.
McCree isn't a viable backup at SS imo. Even though he's basically the same size as Ramon Walker, he doesn't have the hard head, attitude or instinct to come up and meet the run effectively. Lord has better size to play SS but after being an option QB who knows if he likes to hit or not.
I'm not saying that McCree would be an ideal backup at strong safety but McCree may be the only viable option. He has game experience in the secondary which Burns and Lord don't have. He won't be great against the run, but he won't be a total disaster. He would also be less likely to have a major screwup in pass coverage, which Burns and Lord will probably have problems with at first.
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