The Raiders finally might be getting one of the anchors of their defense back. Strong safety Tyvon Branch has returned to practice this week for the first time since breaking his right leg Sept. 15 against Jacksonville. Branch is still limited at practice but hopes to be able to play Sunday against the New York Jets.
Branch was one of only two returning starters on Oakland's overhauled defense but only played one game before getting hurt in the first quarter against the Jaguars in Week 2. While Brandian Ross is still slated to start this week, Branch could get some time, which would provide a big boost for the Raiders, who have lost four of their last five games.