Raiders’ Carter set to return
Defensive end Andre Carter, nearly 10 months after being carted off the field during a Patriots game in Denver with a torn left quadriceps, is ready to make his 2012 regular season debut. Coach Dennis Allen said the 33-year-old Carter will be active for the Raiders’ game in Atlanta. Raiders wide receiver Darrius Heyward-Bey is also expected to play for the first time since suffering a concussion after being knocked unconscious following a helmet-to-chin hit by Steelers safety Ryan Mundy on Sept. 23.
RG III gets green light
Rookie quarterback Robert Griffin III, who suffered a concussion in last week’s loss, took part in the Redskins’ full practice for the first time this week and appears set to play Sunday against the Vikings. Coach Mike Shanahan was less optimistic about receiver Pierre Garcon, who is bothered by a sore right foot and is also listed as questionable . . . Defensive end Everson Griffen is planning to travel with the Vikings to Washington and play in Sunday’s game following the unexpected death of his mother, saying that is what she would have wanted. ‘‘She loved to watch me play, and that’s why I’m back here to show her that I’m doing this for her,’’ Griffen said. Griffen returned to practice Friday after missing the day before. He learned on Wednesday of the death of his mother, Sabrina Scott, who’d been in town visiting him.