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Cable: Higgins could play

News and notes from Friday’s briefing with Raiders coach Tom Cable a day before the team departs to Kansas City:

– Johnnie Lee Higgins did not practice with a sprained shoulder, but Cable said he felt good enough about his improvement that he could possibly return puts against the Chiefs.

The day before, Cable said Higgins’ availability would be determined by his ability to practice Friday.

“Higgins is questionable, he is quite a bit better today. He did not practice in terms of all the stuff we’re doing. But he could be well enough to return,” Cable said. “That will probably be a game time decision.”

If Higgins does play, Cable said, he would be restricted to punt return duty with Javon Walker and Todd Watkins dividing the snaps as a third receiver, depending on the offensive package.

That would mean the Raiders would be able to avoid using safety Hiram Eugene, who apparently hasn’t returned a punt since his junior college days at Pearl River Community College in Mississippi. Eugene said he returned punts in college, but there is no record of him returning a punt at Louisiana Tech.

Walker, the other possibilty as a punt return specialist, returned kickoffs as a rookie in Green Bay but has had none since.

– The shin injury to Nick Miller could contribute toward keeping running back Justin Fargas for awhile. Cable would not commit to having Fargas among the 45 eligible players against the Chiefs because Louis Rankin must be in uniform to return kickoffs.

Cable said Michael Bush would back up starter Darren McFadden.

“We’d like to have all three of them up,” Cable said. “But we also have to take care of this return issue and the special teams thing for right now.”

While Cable said he considered McFadden the starter, with Bush and McFadden both as the backups, it’s pretty clear at this point Fargas is No. 3 on the depth chart.

– Cornerback Nnamdi Asomugha (wrist) and linebacker Kirk Morrison practiced, were listed as probable and will start. Defensive end Greg Ellis (shoudler) was limited but will also start. Chaz Schilens (foot) and Nick Miller are out.

– The guess here is Schilens may miss the Denver game next week as well as the Chiefs game, based on Cable’s closely-guarded optimism.

“He’s started to move around this week,” Cable said. “He’ll probably get more next week and we’ll evaluate it come Thursday of next week.”

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  • jhill

    I REALLY thought I was going to 3 games this year including the Thanksgiving. The economy hit two of my boys in the traveling party, and wifey is due around the holidays.

    Just don’t see a trip to Oakland this year.

  • Brien Just Rules

    My god. Dammit! Homeboy misses that long field goal and Minny gets the rock right there! Tedford will be the only reason for a USC victory. I have watched him countless times ruin games for the Bears. Examples= USC 2004 and 2006. UCLA everytime in Pasadena. Oregon in 2005. Oregon state in 2005 and 2007. Arizona state in 2007. I mean this guy is a such a choker as a coach. I wish Cal would get rid of him. Let’s hire a winner

  • Plunketthead

    I got tickets to the Jets game. I am looking forward to to stopping by the tailgate and getting crippled before the game.

  • Brien Just Rules

    Bet ya Tedford will mess the game up if its close. He will elect to pass instead of using the strong run attack. sounds like the Raiders eh? It is amazing how east bay football is some of the dumbest football going at times

  • DirtyRaccoon

    Well done Taz!

    tazZraider Says:
    September 19th, 2009 at 9:41 am
    There’s somethin’ happenin’ here
    What it is ain’t exactly clear
    There’s a man in a booth way up there
    ‘Bout to treat the Raiders unfair

    I think it’s time we stop, Zebras, what’s that sound?
    How you gonna bring the Raiders down?

    As this review dawdles on
    Thinkin’ up ways to do the Raiders wrong
    Armed with unspeakable lies
    He’d be a Cyclops with just one more eye

    We’ve got to stop, Zebras, what’s that sound?
    How you gonna bring the Raiders down?

    What a field day for the Zebes
    In stripes like eight Tim Donaghys
    Blowin’ whistles and carrying flags
    In the Black Hole they’re callin’ you (expletives)

    Now we got to stop, hey, what’s that sound?
    How you gonna bring the Raiders down?

    Paranoia strikes deep
    From Tuck Rule to Murphy’s leap
    It started way back with Rozelle
    Mike Perreira, whassup? I’ll see you in hell

    We better stop, hey, what’s that sound?
    How you gonna bring the Raiders down?

    100 % true.

  • 4evaRaider

    =)

  • Brien Just Rules

    Jets game should be fun. All those big mouthed New Yorkers are always entertaining.

    “Eh eh yo Vinnie tell this knucklehead Sanchez is gonna be a bigger than Broadway Joe. I traveled all the way from freakin Queens to tell yas this and ya Black Hole aint so damn tough. You guys wouldn’t last a minute in Queens. I even think our broads got more sack than yous fellas on the westcoast. Aint that right pizan? Capiche?”

  • Plunketthead

    lol thats pretty dam good.

  • Brien Just Rules

    Wow let me guess……..I’m racist right? Where is that weak little shrimp of a man Slithered n Crap?

    I actually find bigoted or so called racist humor very amusing. I’m like the creator of Family guy…….everyone can get clowned on evenly. I think its fair. If its funny or true just roll with it or go choke on something.

  • Brien Just Rules

    “Eh Plunk, I fawkin try my damn best ya knows? Hopefully the bosses may wanna promote me in the family business.”

  • Plunketthead

    I take it smoking is fairly open at the tailgates?

    Dam Cal is fast

  • Brien Just Rules

    Question of the year……Can Jahvid Best little ass run for crazy yards on SC’s defense? I dont know man. He is a big play machine but Shane Vereene has more weight to withstand those blue chip hits. Oct 3rd will be fun

  • 4evaRaider

    I actually find bigoted or so called racist humor very amusing. I’m like the creator of Family guy…….everyone can get clowned on evenly. I think its fair. If its funny or true just roll with it or go choke on something.

    I couldnt agree more Brien,couldnt agree more

  • 4evaRaider

    thats soooo true Brien…I look in the mirror and laugh,I guess it’s just part of being polish =)

  • Brien Just Rules

    # Plunketthead Says:
    September 19th, 2009 at 10:20 am

    I take it smoking is fairly open at the tailgates?

    Dam Cal is fast
    *************************

    Well yes and no. Because of soft little punks like Slithered n Crap or G–Daze49(HayesDaze37) alot of complaints have reign down and caused a shift in how we party. you can burn something but man you gotta be cool because the storm troopers are walking around heavy trying to bust anyone. I remember a time earlier this decade when people were poppin pills, burning grapes and doing lines before games. Good times lol

  • Brien Just Rules

    4eva, that is because you are a real man. You know who else is? Bo Slimdicher Johnson. That guy is funny and knows how to clown. He also knows how to take it. Me and him disagree on some things but at least he mans up.

    If you cant laugh at yourself then you cant laugh at anyone else.

  • Brien Just Rules

    My god Cal what the hell man!!!

    I hate the helmet to helmet rule! If you get smacked then so be it. Football is so pu$$ified now its makes me want to puke. Then the safety is an idiot and gets a PI called when Minny held and wiped the play out! Andthe same idiot has a chance to kill the WR and doesnt. Next play Touchdown! Dammit. Right before the half. I bet those Paul Bunyan loving bastards feel they have a shot now.

  • Brien Just Rules

    # Plunketthead Says:
    September 19th, 2009 at 10:37 am

    Thats the impression I get from all events. The feds stepped up the war on the people instead of legalizing like we hoped. And now they have the stormtroppers ready with everything from full body ammo to night vision, to rifles that the public cannot own.
    Combine that with new crowd suppression toys and the people will have their work cut out for them if they ever again have to fight for the right to live free and smoke hemp.
    *******************

    Its crazy isnt it? That is why I am the way I am and just try to have fun before the lights get turned out. I been telling everyone for over a year on this blog the shut down of society is happening in this country. But these Obama-ites wont listen. Its okay though.

  • 4evaRaider

    the clock on my lap-top is stuck at 4:20 again…It makes me look physic tho lol

  • Plunketthead

    Thats the impression I get from all events. The feds stepped up the war on the people instead of legalizing like we hoped. And now they have the stormtroppers ready with everything from full body ammo to night vision, to rifles that the public cannot own.
    Combine that with new crowd suppression toys and the people will have their work cut out for them if they ever again have to fight for the right to live free and smoke hemp.

  • 4evaRaider

    when I lived in calli,it was an $80.00 ticket 4 smoking in public

  • Plunketthead

    Brien I remember talking with you about that last year more then once. It wont be long now. I bought those ticks on the CC and I will be suprised if I get the chance to use them and I may not be paying back the CC either. I stayed out of debt so far and am about to go shopping.

  • Brien Just Rules

    4eva, you know its more now. I never got a ticket for burning. The cops would just jack me for my stash man. Hell thats better than a ticket though

    Plunkett yep it wont be long

  • Brien Just Rules

    Anyways I’ll be back later yall. Be good and…………….gfellas do me a favor and tell Kell I’m still waiting on my apology. The guy can never man up. I dont expect MR to man up.

  • Plunketthead

    I best go buck up some more firewood so I dont freeze this winter. Later fellas!!

    Best year ever!!!!!!!!

  • tazZraider

    they say bowe has shined a lot against asomugha. wtf!! i remember last year at kc asomugha was actually runnin bowes routes and almost picked of two passes! bowe got lucky to evade aso after he tore up deangelo hall.

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