ALAMEDA -- Linebacker Miles Burris made his long-awaited return to the field Wednesday, his first practice session since having knee surgery last January.
Burris, who had 138 tackles in 15 starts last season as a fourth-round draft pick from San Diego State, can practice for three weeks before the Raiders determine whether to place him on the 53-man roster, place him on injured reserve or waive him.
Although Burris' knee surgery was not believed to be major, his recovery process was longer than expected. Burris has stayed silent on the matter so it's not known if there were problems with the surgery or if at some point he had a setback.
A starter on the strong side last season, Burris will get a look at both outside spots as well as in the middle, where the Raiders lack a backup for Nick Roach.
Also on the practice field during the media window was second-round draft pick Menelik Watson, who has had precious little field time this season because of a calf injury, arthroscopic knee surgery and then a recurrence of the calf injury.
Offensive linemen Tony Pashos (hip) and center-guard Andre Gurode (knee) were not on the field.
The Raiders had one transaction Wednesday, bringing defensive lineman Brian Sanford back to the 53-man roster. The Raiders waived Sanford last week going into the Pittsburgh game to make room for Jack Cornell. Cornell, brought aboard for depth, was waived Monday and now is back on the practice squad.