ALAMEDA -- Khalif Barnes has gone from an island to a phone booth with no complaint.

In fact, he volunteered.

Barnes was lining up at left guard as practice opened Friday, still getting used to hand-to-hand combat with left tackle Jared Veldheer on one side and center Stefen Wisniewski on the other.

Veldheer's return on Thanksgiving pushed Barnes inside, a move the Raiders were pondering as far back as training camp until Veldheer underwent surgery for a torn left triceps.

Barnes will start his third game at left guard Sunday when the Raiders host the Kansas City Chiefs at O.co Coliseum.

"It's cool," Barnes said. "A little more furniture to move around in run situations, but not bad. I'm having fun playing ball."

A starter at left tackle for the Jacksonville Jaguars from 2005-08, Barnes signed with the Raiders in 2009, playing in six games with two starts due to injury. He was a reserve in 2010 -- even playing some tight end in power formations and catching a touchdown pass.

From 2011 through 2013, Barnes was the starting right tackle when healthy. When Veldheer was injured, Barnes moved to the left side, with veteran Tony Pashos, signed after the final roster cutdown, installed on the right side.

"I'm accustomed to doing whatever it takes," Barnes said. "I want to win and I like playing the game. As long as I'm out there and get a chance to start, it doesn't matter whether it's guard or tackle."


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In contrast to left tackle, where Barnes was often left one-on-one with a speed rusher, playing inside means more traffic and communication.

"Actually, the first game he was a little bit rusty going in there, but I think the more and more he plays, the more comfortable he's going to be and the better he's going to perform," Raiders coach Dennis Allen said.

"Khalif understands the game and he knows how this thing works and he just wants to be a part of it. He wants to do anything that he can to help this football team and that's indicative of the type of guys that we have in that locker room."

  • Running backs Darren McFadden (ankle) and Jeremy Stewart (ankle) and defensive tackle Vance Walker (concussion) were not at practice Friday as the media window closed and will probably be ruled out.

    Wide receiver Denarius Moore was at practice for the third consecutive day and looks on schedule to return after a three-game absence and play along with Rod Streater and Andre Holmes.

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