Asomugha has fractured elbow


The injury which has minimized the practice participation of cornerback Nnamdi Asomugha this week is a fracture of a small bone in the right elbow.

Coach Lane Kiffin never used the term when discussing the injury the past two days, but Asomugha did when talking about it on Friday.

“It’s real sore, real banged up. It happened in about the second quarter in Buffalo,” Asomugha said.

I asked him Asomugha if he’d struck it on a helmet.

“No, tackling. I got kicked,” Asomugha said. “That’s where the fracture came in.”

Excuse me?

“Yeah, there’s a little bone in there. I don’t know what it’s called,” Asomugha said.

Asomugha will have a better idea of his availability after more treatment and rest.

“It’s going to depend on how it feels the next couple of days because I haven’t really done much of anything on it, so I may be able to have a brace on it and go like that,” Asomugha said. “Just having to depend on how it feels the next couple of days.”

Kiffin said Asomugha’s elbow lacked strength and that he was forced to abandon press coverage late in the Bills game.

Asomugha, the Raiders exclusive franchise free agent and best defensive player, said he may have to change up his game somewhat but noted his left arm remains at full strength.

“It’s his elbow, and what he doesn’t have is very much strength,” Kiffin said. “If it wasn’t contact, he’d be fine. But he does not have the strength right now that we’d like him to have or he’d like to have. That’s why it’s kind of hard to figure out if he’s going to be able to play.”

Asomugha is listed as questionable, along with running back Darren McFadden (toe) and Stanford Routt (ankle). Listed as doubtful were defensive tackle Gerard Warren (pectoral) and Cooper Carlisle.

Running back Justin Fargas (groin), tackle Seth Wand (knee) and tight end Ben Troupe (foot) were listed as out and will be inactive.

Kiffin said all would be game-time decisions, with Warren and Carlisle the two who are “the least ready to play.”

If both Asomugha and Routt were unavailable, Kiffin said free safety Michael Huff and reserve safety Rashad Baker could be drafted into action as cornerbacks and the Raiders would just “try and find a way through the game.”

McFadden will again have a pain-killing injection and start if he warms up well enough. If McFadden to discover either before or during the game he couldn’t go on, then fullback Justin Griffith would be the backup to Michael Bush at running back, with Luke Lawton moving in at fullback.

“We’ll push him and act as if he’s fine,” Kiffin said. “Once he starts showing he’s not 100 percent, we’ll pull back as a safety measure and go with Michael and make sure he doesn’t get knocked out in the game so he can come back (after the bye) with Fargas.”

Kiffin said he can’t recall a time in his 19 games as Raiders coach where he had to prepare for a game with so many injuries.

“I think we had eight guys at some point that weren’t practicing yesterday, either they were completely out or were limited in practice,” Kiffin said. “We haven’t had anything like this since I’ve been here. I don’t have an explanation for it. It’s unfortunate.

“Then I look over at a team that just played Monday night in San Diego and they were 100 percent participation, all 53 guys. Usually, after a Monday night game you have some guys that aren’t practicing. They’re really healthy and we’re banged up so we’re going to have to have some people step up and play.”

It was suggested to Kiffin that the bye couldn’t be coming at a better time.

“It could come at a better time,” Kiffin said. “It could come right now. That would be the best time for it.”

Newberry on the Raiders

It’s the plight of a team on a five-plus year of futility _ ex-players with stories to tell. The latest is Chargers center Jeremy Newberry, who wil be a backup for the first time in his career when Nick Hardwick reassumes the starting role in the Coliseum.

Newberry, without bitterness or rancor, gave a dead-on review of what a lot of players are thinking inside the locker room to the San Diego Union Tribune.

“The organization as far as the football field and the meeting rooms is good,” Newberry said. “As far as the offensive line went, it was a good group of guys. But the other stuff …

“It’s not fun to lose and it’s not fun to be in a losing environment. It’s refreshing to be down here and to have a clear-cut system where everyone knows who is in charge of this and who is in charge of that.

“In Oakland, there was always something . . . this guy was going to be fired because he wasn’t Al’s (Davis) guy, or this guy wasn’t going to be fired because he was Al’s guy. It was always something.”


Jerry McDonald - NFL Writer

  • R8R4FER

    cut walker get holt

  • 48-9

  • R8R4FER

    More like Joan Rivers says 48-9

  • El Dirty

    We aren’t going to get Holt he has 2 healthy knees… That’s not our MO.

  • R8R4FER

    That would change if we signed him.

  • El Dirty

    Don’t get me wrong if we traded Javon in the process I would be the first to pimp my Holt Jersey .

  • R8R4FER

    I’m sure they don’t want to let him go to the seahawks or the niners.

  • El Dirty

    I agree… He would be an amazing pick up. Holt has years of being a proven WR. Good attitude and a leader for the offense. I js don’t see us being that smart.

  • Scottish Raider

    Mock Draft 2009: Raiders pick No8:

    1st Round: Eugene Monroe, OT, Virginia

    2nd Round: Louis Murphy, WR, Florida

    3rd Round: Greg Isdaner, OG, W Virginia

    4th Round: Josh Mauga, ILB, Nevada

    5th Round: Graham Harrell, QB, Texas Tech

    6th Round: Mike Wallace, WR/KR, Ole Miss

    7th Round: Kade Weston, DT, Georgia

  • R8R4FER

    no o-line men with the first pick please

  • Exlaraiderseasonticketholder

    Camp opens Tuesday. 1st game 10-28 against the Trailblazers. Heres a Jackson article:
    Go Lakers!

  • El Dirty

    No DT’s until the 7th?

  • Scottish Raider

    The 2009 DT class isn’t looking too great. There are big question marks, mostly character-related, against the top 3: Fili Moala (USC), Jeff Owens (Georgia) and DeMarcus Granger (Oklahoma).

    There are some reasonable nose tackles for 3:4 sets (BJ Raji, Dorell Scott, but not many that would fit our 4:3.

    I think a DT is probably a FA priority not a draft priority.

  • El Dirty

    Thanks Scotty you always have good insight

  • La Milicia Negra


    I totally disagree..

    we need a real MLB in the first round.. that USC kid or lurentittits… tistis

  • La Milicia Negra

    RIP Cool Hand Luke.. truly one of the best

  • R8R4FER

    we’ll draft a safety

  • That Ole Miss OT is the guy to get at that position..with that said…
    not buying the Rey Mauluaga hype..good in college, not fast enough in the pros…now #43 on USC, he looks like the guy at LB…

  • Scottish Raider

    LMN, I wanted to draft Laurinaitis this year but he stayed in school. Maualuga is likely to go before we draft. I just think that OT has to be the biggest priority and Monroe is a great prospect.

    And a lot of smart analysts really rate Josh Mauga as a runstuffing ILB.

  • R8R4FER

    Matt Millen says to draft a wide receiver first.

  • Scottish Raider

    The Ole Miss OT, Michael Oher, will definitely go first pick. The Rams are desperate at OT and he is the best available.

  • R8R4FER

    Its week 4, can we hold off on the draft til we are eliminated.

  • Scottish Raider

    R8R4FER, all the evidence from past years is that taking a WR in the 1st is poor value. The 2nd round is the best place to find good WRs – Look at Eddie Royal and DeSean Jackson. Millen was never good at the value thing.

  • La Milicia Negra


    “Maualuga is likely to go before we draft.” how can any draft before us? LOL couldn’t help myself =)

    I just think our D would be a gazillion % better if we had a real MLB..

    Josh Mauga is what you say, fine by me, then I would go take him in the 3rd so we don’t miss out on him..

  • S&B – Nation Collective


    I say trade the pick to get Roy Williams or Anquan Boldin.

    Russell needs some help.

    Use the next pick to get an OT and Linebacker

  • Scottish Raider

    S&B, I am not sure we can afford another mega-dollar FA WR. Not unless we can junk Javon Walker. Michael Crabtree might still be available when we pick – if you really want to take a WR before an OT!

  • S&B – Nation Collective

    Scottish Raider,

    I know, I know…Davis went and signed that fool Yvonne Walker and here we are. Need to convince him to retire. I think we need a reliable wide receiver pick. Receivers in the draft are hit or miss.

    Problem is that Russell has no one to throw too. No one to draw double teams, no one with sure hands.

    We need a bonnafide receiver. Otherwise our offense will never take off.

    A new tackle would be nice. We can get one in the 2nd or 3rd round

  • Scottish Raider

    Better value might be to offer the Lions a pick or trade or combination for Calvin Johnson. They will need to rebuild and might be willing to do a deal.

  • La Milicia Negra


    that would be a steal.. have in mind that his salary is huge, as a rookie and 2nd year’er… seldom rookies play fulltime, so his first paychecks is more for what he might do to the club later on.. so to get him when he should start deliver, that would be a blunder for the Lions, and a steal for us..

    I know this isn’t my best written post, but I got 3 hours of sleep and my hangovers are the size of antarctic… so bear over me..



  • R8R4FER


  • Nation Collective-Delicate Flower

    you know what? its only the fourth week and im already sick of it. all the gddamn drama we put up with. its more drama in 5 months than i deal with in 5 years. WHY????? For a piece of crap owner with a piece of crap ego.

  • R8R4FER

    Winning is the best deodorant.we need a win sunday

  • Some of you guys are seriously wanting of intellect. I mean seriously …coaching decisions are responsible for the injuries? If that’s not a reach then I don’t know what is. This is FOOTBALL and teams suffer injuries – sometimes many of them at one time – all the time. Sheezzz!

    In case you fools haven’t noticed, the offense has come from below low to mid level in 1.5 years. And I’m talking about statically incalculable bad to decent and outright dominant in a key area. Altogether with a virtual rookie QB at the helm.

    The defense on the other hand, has been a disappointment year in and year out – too much talent – not enough results. Common denominator outside Davis – Rob f’kn Ryan – Him and is patented “prevent a win defense”.

    Each week I will hope for Rob Ryan to coach a great defensive game plan but this usually ends in bitter disappointment. Just like vs Buffalo – good for 3Qs and absolutely f’ked up the game in the end. Typical.

  • The Raiders can beat the Chargers Sunday. Don’t be mistaken. They can beat the Chargers just like they could have beaten the Bills. But its all going to come down to Rob Ryan and his defense – just like last week. They are suppose to be the strength of this team – “suppose” to have been for years now. Too much talent – too little results.

  • Main concern: DTs …I’m not so confident in moving JRich inside. He’s too light for that – he’s a DE not a DT. I was shocked that they actually went into the season w/ 3DTs and actually stayed with it. I’m still shocked that they have not made a move to get someone else in. Sht – get Dre Moore off TBs practice squad. We need some meat in there.

    Lets just hope Kiffin can stay on the field long enough to protect the defense cause LT could be in for a big day given this porous Dline. Good thing the Raiders have a stable of starting caliber backs.

    Still get another DT for crying out loud.

  • ufck

  • I’m still in but;talkin draft,we need a real MLB.Our strength is speed lets play 3-4

  • Dickota

    LMN, stop pretending to be a fan

  • Dickota

    La Milicia Negra Says:
    September 27th, 2008 at 5:20 am
    I agree with Charged Up!, but I think it will be closer. Chargers 31, Raiders 16.

    We have figured out who discharged up really is. Its a european junkie. Muhahaha

  • Big Daddy WooWoo

    Let’s trade GM Al Davis to Detroit…

    I’d take a blocking sled in return.

  • S&B – Nation Collective

    What does Sam Williams do again???

  • Morning NATION!

    LMN is not discharged up!

  • Dickota

    La Milicia Negra Says:
    September 27th, 2008 at 6:27 am
    post 285 isn’t me.. btw..

    but I think they play better for each game, and I think the team plays for Kiffin.. not for us or themselves or for our franchise..

    realistic speaking I think we will get a loss againg, but I still think we will be in the game and its ours to lose.. It all comes down to two things, how loose RR will play the D and how our O will be in the redzone..

    Has anything you ever said been realistic? Stop getting drunk by yourself and purchase a man to keep by your side!

  • Big Daddy Woo Woo

    you cant trade Al Davis because he is on Scholarship.

  • he plays ST and gets a butt load of $$$ 4 doing it!!! shure wish we had a DT instead…

  • ChargersChoke

    Dear Rob Ryan:

    Please save the Raiders season by being aggressive against the Chargers. You have one of the fastest LBs in the league with Thomas Howard yet in 3 seasons he has only 2 sacks, please utilize his speed by having him blitz more, more run blitzing mixed with zone blitzing will confuse the dolts and lead to Phillip Rivers choking. Please Rob Ryan don’t pick up the phone when Mr. Davis calls you to stop blitzing just continue being agressive and turn the season around.

    Thanks in Advance!

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    September 27th, 2008 at 12:01 am
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  • Dickota

    La Milicia Negra Says:
    September 27th, 2008 at 6:27 am
    post 285 isn’t me.. btw..

    but I think they play better for each game, and I think the team plays for Kiffin.. not for us or themselves or for our franchise..

    realistic speaking I think we will get a loss again, but I still think we will be in the game and its ours to lose.. It all comes down to two things, how loose RR will play the D and how our O will be in the redzone

    Troll stop getting drunk by yourself and stop flirting with european men!

  • sh:t the grill is outta gas,be right back