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Raiders coach Jack Del Rio weighing risk of injury in preseason

ALAMEDA, Calif. -- Earlier this week, Arizona Cardinals coach Bruce Arians talked about the injury risk when playing key players in the preseason.

Wednesday, Oakland Raiders coach Jack Del Rio said he understands. The Raiders host the Cardinals on Sunday. It's the third preseason game and it is usually a game that starters work well into the third quarter. Del Rio said he is weighing what approach to take.

"I think you do have to take pause and make sure you think about it," Del Rio said. "We'll do that. We'll see what is appropriate. You would like to get, ideally, you'd like to get the guys to feel coming back in the second half and starting the second half at least, because that's what it ends up being that first week of playing with smaller rosters and getting the feel of what it's like to take that number of snaps in a game. The conditioning aspect, not only physically but mentally, it's important, so it's an important part, but you have to weigh that against having your best people healthy and ready to go for the year."

In other Raiders' notes:

  • Del Rio said the Raiders like the size of safety Taylor Mays, who was signed Wednesday. Still, Mays is no sure thing to make the roster. He has to proof he belongs in the next two weeks, Del Rio said. Mays has made four starts in the past four NFL seasons.

  • Del Rio said Wednesday's practice -- the team's first full workout since Saturday night's loss at Minnesota -- was just "OK." He is looking for improvements through the week.

  • Starting defensive end Justin Tuck has not practiced in recent days with an undisclosed issue. Del Rio said the injury is not overly worrisome.