Running back Beanie Wells practiced in shoulder pads and a helmet on Wednesday for the first time in weeks, an indication he might make his season debut Sunday against the Raiders.
Wells is recovering from bruised knee suffered in the final preseason game on Sept. 2. He was limited to some individual drills in practice last week, and increased his workload on Wednesday.
How Wells reacts to the additional work will be the deciding factor in his availability this weekend, coach Ken Whisenhunt said. But Wells is confident he's going to play.
"Definitely, without a doubt," Wells said.
Receiver Steve Breaston was limited in practice Wednesday with a bruised knee, but Whisenhunt said that was precautionary. Breaston is expected to play on Sunday.
Receiver Early Doucet is walking a mile in his own shoes, because that's about all the physical activity he can do right now.
Doucet underwent surgery last week to fix a sports hernia. He's walking a mile every day, and plans to start jogging next week. By the third week, he hopes to be running and be available to play Oct. 24 in Seattle, a week after the team's off week.
"Anything before that would be a plus," Doucet said. "It was something I thought I could tolerate but it got to the point I couldn't."