Injuries and roster cuts


As the Raiders work on cutting their roster to 53, they must sort out the physical condition of their injured players and determine the best course of action.

If it’s a player who was on the bubble anyway, they might simply be “waived injured” and receive a parting gift of some cash for their troubles.

If it’s someone like wide receiver Chaz Schilens, who won’t be ready for the opener but is being counted on not long after, it’s not an issue at all.

Anyone placed on injured reserve is done for the season. The Raiders have no players eligible for reserve/PUP, which is only for those who came into training camp injured and never came off training camp PUP.

The following were injured Raiders players as they played their last game against Seattle:

— Schilens. Nothing to discuss here.

— RB Louis Rankin. Cable said after the game he didn’t finish because of an ankle injury. Reporters saw him with his knee being iced. If the injury is serious enough, he stays a Raider by being placed on I.R. but can’t play this year, nor can he attend meetings or practice with the team. If healthy enough, Rankin can be cut and brought back to the practice squad, but would be available to teams wanting to claim him for the 53-man roster.

— RB Justin Fargas, hamstring. Couldn’t have faced Seattle had it been a regular season game, but coach Tom Cable says the opener is not an issue. If there was any thought of trading Fargas, however, the hamstring complicates things. How much would you give up for a running back with a history of collisions and a bad hamstring?

— S Michael Huff, quad. Don’t know if it’s a bruise or a strain because it’s never been specified. But Huff has missed time of late and would seem to be out of the running to challenge Hiram Eugene at free safety. Could be the Raiders are still a year away from giving up on Huff, because frankly, there doesn’t appear to be anyone on the roster seizing the moment to push him off.

— S Mike Mitchell, hamstring. Supposedly will be on the field this week. Had things come along very slowly, or if he had a serious setback, an Arman Shields situation could have developed. The Raiders didn’t think Shields was that badly injured last year, but put him on I.R. anyway. As it turned out, Shields was never ready.

— T Khalif Barnes, broken ankle. Should be back by Week 2 or 3. The Raiders have no viable replacement until then if Mario Henderson goes down.

— C John Wade stinger. Hasn’t practiced exactly once since the Dallas game, then was out again the next day. Don’t be surprised if the Raiders are watching the cut list for centers.

— LB Kirk Morrison, elbow. Insists he’ll be ready for the opener, which is exactly what you’d expect him to do. Cable seems to think he’ll be ready as well. Doesn’t appear as if a trade or position switch to strong side linebacker is in the works.

— LB Isaiah Ekejiuba, shoulder. Has had shoulder issues before, so Raiders simply shut him down for the preseason. After being made the highest paid pure special teams player in the league during the offseason, his job is secure.

— S Rashad Baker, stinger. Baker is a player Cable likes because he performed well toward the end of the season and particularly in the last two wins, games that earned the coach his job. Davis isn’t quite as enamored, as evidenced by the fact the Raiders made no attempt to sign Baker when he became a free agent. He’s already had a concussion and a stinger since being cut by Philadelphia.

— Here’s a link to a story by Andrew Brandt of the National Football Post, a former Packers excecutive, on players who suddenly become “injured” at cutdown time.


Jerry McDonald - NFL Writer

  • tazZraider

    el dirty,

    bro i got so much depth in my rbs. Whos your line up and what defense you choose?

  • your going down Dirty!! 1st victim is 4eva

  • Sweep The Leg.

    # El Dirty Says:
    September 5th, 2009 at 2:38 pm


    In your dreams.

    Wicked Woodchuck world domination begins today!

  • Tazz

    whats the name of ur team

  • lefty12

    now that Sands is gone,who will the blog whipping boy be?oh,that’s right,Fargas is still here.

  • No More Infield or Trolls

    Guys leave the trolls alone. Don’t respond. It’s like asking a fart not to be smelly. The all go away after lingering for a while…

  • Im glad we got rid of the turd… whats the cap hit?? and Al pissed away 1.6 mill 4 waiting so long.. Thats just dumb

  • No More Infield or Trolls

    The big terd is gone. Finally… Hoping Sam Williams is not too far behind him…

  • Cut green!!

  • RaiderNsuede

    Biggs: Falcons announce final cuts

    The Atlanta Falcons announced the final moves they needed to reach the 53-man roster limit, and among the cuts were veteran linebacker Jamie Winborn and wide receiver Robert Ferguson, who was signed when the team was dealing with the holdout of No. 1 wideout Roddy White.

    The cuts also included: wide receiver Troy Bergeron, running back Thomas Brown, offensive lineman Michael Butterworth, linebacker Robert James, wide receiver Aaron Kelly, defensive end Maurice Lucas, cornerback William Middleton, tight end Jason Rader, offensive guard Jose Valdez and defensive tackle Vance Walker.

    The release of quarterback D.J. Shockley was announced earlier.

  • tazZraider


    thundercats, yeah sounds cheesy. who you play first?

  • El Tato


  • Hey I like Fargas… he plays balls out every game all game.. Wish it would rub off on the D…

  • Thec07

    Cut dirty 408 and 4eva….

    What up nation…

  • No More Infield or Trolls

    Yes cut Green. Actually they will more than likley keep him until Barnes is back week 2.

  • 4evaRaider

    I wouldnt be 2 sure on that one 408

  • get some 4eva!!! 😛

  • Dirty

    Make it happen, the extra flex spot…

  • tazZraider

    whos 24?

    cause im gonna romp yo ass in week 1!!

  • NoMoreFargas

    Where is this magical NFL where you get a 3rd pick for 39 year old backup qb ?

  • 4evaRaider

    I took Fargas as a back-up but he may start a couple games 4 me

  • El Dirty

    Sweep your going down

    as far as line up

    QB Tony Romo,Trent Edwards

    RB Micheal Turner, Joseph Addai, Le’Ron Mclain,Julius Jones,Ricky Williams

    WR T.O., Reggie Wayne,Lance Moore,Ted Ginn Jr.,Donnie Avery

    TE Greg Olson,Tony Scheffler

    K Mason Crosby, Nick Folk

    DEF Minnesota, Patriots

  • Thec07

    You guys need to watch the dirty one he will cheat….

  • lefty12

    408-not many agree with you concerning Fargas-i do though!

  • 4evaRaider

    Yep it looks like over the wole roster I got the best one week in week out

  • Baltimore Ravens just cut defensive tackle Naber Abdallah:

    Now how could this guy be any worse than Turd Sands?


  • 4evaRaider

    Baltimore AND Carolina defence’s

  • Dmac2008

    DL Ian Scott and OT L.J. Shelton were cut by the Bolts… both would be upgrades IMO.

  • El Dirty

    Thec lol

  • Thec

    hahaahaha you missed out on FF bro.. Just finished the live draft!!


    Tazz I play 4eva hes going down hard!!! 😛

    Dirty whats up with the back up K?????

  • El Dirty


    I emailed the league for the spot to be available. They wont let me do it anymore after the draft. so hopefully they will change it for me.

  • 4evaRaider

    408…care 2 wager stash vs. stash???

  • El Dirty


    The site picked for me I was emailing the site

  • Thec07

    What up to all my brothers on this blog I would have love samshing u guys but business calls me away…..

  • 4eva … I would but I dont trust the postal system.. How bout looser must address winner as FFKing 4 a week??

    Dirty sure you were… 😛

  • thec (chicken sound) Its all good bro… we finally cut the Turd.. Im stoked!!!

  • ok dirty….later

  • El Dirty

    Guys remember to set your line up

  • tazZraider


    hahahahaha whats 4eva team? whats yo lineup

  • RaiderNsuede
  • 504 Raider

    RaiderNsuede Says:
    September 5th, 2009 at 2:37 pm

    Nadir Abdalla


    Abdalla is from the 504. His family owned a corner store next to the Magnolia Projects (Home of the Cash Money Millionaires Lil Wayne, Slim, Baby, Juvenile). He might be upgrade over the Turd.

  • Dmac2008

    Seacocks release S Brian Russell.

  • 4evaRaider

    That sounds good 408.How many times do we play against each-other in a season???

  • tazZraider

    dogg ian scott would fit in a 43 he was pretty decent with the bears. sign him!!

  • Brien the General

    Farglass stinks Leftster. You know better too

  • 4evaRaider

    Taz…My team is Rowdy Riffers

  • 860Todd Christensen

    WOOF! There goes a Turd!

  • Brien the General

    My god lol. You people are hilarious. Just want to grab anyone. Damn are we that desperate? Maybe but those guys cut wont be starters so fuk em

  • 4evaRaider

    The girl scouts can beat WK

  • Scottish Raider

    Just in case you Davis-apologists forgot what the Raiders’ future could have looked like:

    Tennessee beat Western Kentucky 63-7 at Neyland Stadium earlier today.

    Go Kiff!!