Wednesday was an important day in the rehabilitation of linebacker Aaron Curry. The Wake Forest-product returned to the practice field for the Oakland Raiders for the first time since being placed on the physically unable to perform list during training camp.
Curry worked out at all three linebackers spots and coach Dennis Allen said he was moving well and will wait to see how Curry responds tomorrow. Curry was a first-round pick of the Seattle Seahawks in 2009, but was traded to Oakland last October. In 11 games with the Raiders, Curry made nine starts and accumulated 46 tackles and recovered two fumbles.
Oakland’s linebackers have struggled this season in the tackling department. Philip Wheeler leads the team with 44 tackles, but Rolando McClain and Miles Burris have a combined 45 stops. The linebackers have no sacks through five games this season and Curry provides Oakland with someone who can put pressure on the quarterback on the blitz. He has 5.5 sacks in his career, but did not have a single sack last season.
Curry will help give the Raiders some much needed depth at the linebacker position and could contend for a starting job with Burris. His experience and talent will do wonders for a team that has struggled against the run and his athleticism will help against the passing game. He broke up five passes last season and will be a big addition to the linebacking corps when he gets activated.
As for his role once he is activated? Allen dodged that question, telling the media on Wednesday, ”we’ll cross the bridge when we come to it.”