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Wednesday, January 2
Updated: January 6, 2:58 PM ET
 
Rice back; Janikowski uncertain for Raiders vs. Jets

Associated Press

ALAMEDA, Calif. -- Jerry Rice, who missed practice earlier this week due to his father's illness, returned to the Raiders on Friday and took part in the team's practice.

He is expected to start Sunday for the Raiders against the New York Jets.

Rice left the team on Wednesday to be with his ill father in Mississippi.

"That's the place for him to be, because family is most important," Raiders coach Jon Gruden said on Wednesday. "We've got to plan for him not being here. If there's any way for him to be here, he will."

Rice, selected as an alternate to the Pro Bowl on Wednesday, is Oakland's second-leading receiver with 80 catches for 1,081 yards, his 13th season with 1,000 yards receiving.

Gruden also said kicker Sebastian Janikowski was checked into a hospital for cellulitis, a swelling condition, in his kicking foot.

Janikowski, also a Pro Bowl alternate, missed two games last year with the same condition.

"He'll remain in the hospital for a day or two and hopefully this thing will clear up and he'll be ready to go on Sunday," Gruden said.

The Raiders have made inquiries into signing another kicker as early as Thursday.




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