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Reece plays coy on severity of foot injury

ALAMEDA, Calif. -- When the Raiders visit the Green Bay Packers on Friday night, fullback Marcel Reece expects to put his best foot forward. And the other one, too.

Coach Dennis Allen might think better of it by game time at Lambeau Field but saw enough out of Reece on Wednesday to consider playing him in the Raiders' third exhibition game.

"He looked good out there running around, so he should be good to go for the game," Allen said.

Reece, a two-time Pro Bowl player and one of the Raiders most versatile offensive weapons, is wearing a protective boot on his right foot--similar to the ones worn at times by Darren McFadden (Lisfranc injury) and DJ Hayden (stress fracture).

Reece's injury occurred in a 27-26 win over the Detroit Lions on Friday night. He did not complete practice Sunday, then sat out Monday. In the meantime, there were X-rays and an MRI.

"It's always kind of scary when you're not used to being hurt and you don't really feel right," Reece said. "Anything below the waist is the worst, because that's where we make our living, running.

"(It's) still not completely right...The deal is right now I'll stay in the boot until I step on the field. I won't aggravate it any more, and hopefully it will maybe make it feel a little better."

Allen will go no further than identifying Reece's injury as a "foot," and Reece said "I haven't told anybody. There are probably three people in this world that know what's going on. If I'm able to be on the field, I'm going to be on the field. That's all anyone needs to know."

With the improvement Reece has felt in the last two days, he doesn't believe his foot will need to be managed throughout the course of the season.

"I don't think it will be a thing like that," Reece said. "I feel that after this week's game maybe just get a little rest before New York (on Sept. 7) and it will be 100 percent. It's feeling better every day."

Said Allen: "Obviously if it becomes a hindrance we'll have to manage it, but if not, we'll let him go out there and play."

Reece does not question the wisdom of playing in the exhibition season when he could be held out and heal more fully for the regular-season opener. If Reece were to sit out against the Packers and Seattle Seahawks, Jamize Olawale and Karl Wilson would assume the work at fullback.

"My job is just to go out there and play," Reece said. "If Coach tells me they don't want me to play in a preseason game I'll respect their decision."

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