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After a bye last week, the Oakland Raiders were back on the practice field today in preparation for Sunday's game against the undefeated Atlanta Falcons. It was the hope that the week off would allow the Raiders to get some players back from injury, but the situation has changed little.   Cornerback Shawntae Spencer is still in a boot after suffering a foot injury in week two. Both defensive end Richard Seymour and wide receiver Darrius Heyward-Bey were able to practice today. Tight end Richard Gordon and right tackle Khalif Barnes were both unable to practice. Linebacker Aaron Curry, who was placed on the physically unable to perform list before the season, is slated to begin practice next week. “It will be a great deal for us to get him out here, get him working some football, running around and doing some football movement, and really get back into the swing of what we are doing defensively because it has been a while since has gotten an opportunity to participate,” Raiders head coach Dennis Allen said of Curry. With the good and bad news on the injury front, Oakland is trying to prepare for one of the most dangerous offenses in the NFL. The Falcons are especially good at home in their dome and the Raiders have had a tough time stopping the pass. All the things that have haunted Oakland this season will need to be corrected to compete. “They’re an extremely good football team,” Allen said. “They are very well coached. They are explosive on offense. Their defense plays extremely fast. Their opportunistic, so there is a reason why they’re 5 -0. It will be a huge challenge going down there to their place in that dome and in that environment where they have played a lot of good football. It will be a challenge for us.” With all of the other AFC West teams losing during the Raiders' bye week, they need to start putting together victories in order to contend for the division. Oakland will get into the teeth of their game plan against Atlanta during Wednesday's practice and throughout the rest of the week. Right now they are trying to work on the things they need to improve and knock the rust of from the bye week. “I thought they worked well,” Allen said. “I thought they competed. We still worked a lot on ourselves and we will spend a lot of time really working on Atlanta really starting Wednesday.”     Be sure to check out other great articles at Sports Media 101.
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