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Ford, Walker among host of injured players back practicing with Raiders

Wide receiver Jacoby Ford sprinted downfield and caught a pass in stride. Not far away, Vance Walker and the rest of the Oakland Raiders defensive linemen went through their normal daily positional drills.

Right guard Mike Brisiel was on the field, too, doing limited individual work. Backup cornerback Chimdi Chekwa also returned after missing a day.

Slowly but surely, the Raiders' list of injured players who are unable to practice is getting shorter.

Even first-round draft pick D.J. Hayden, limited through the first four weeks of training camp after undergoing abdominal surgery in the offseason, was given the green light in full pads on Monday.

A handful of other players remain sidelined, including projected starting defensive tackle Pat Sims and second-round pick Menelik Watson.