By Jerry McDonald - NFL Writer
Wednesday, December 9th, 2009 at 12:32 pm in Oakland Raiders.
Wide receiver Darrius Heyward-Bey had his left foot encased in a walking boot Wednesday but was vague about his availaiblity for the game against the Redskins.
“Just working hard to get back. That’s the plan right now,” Heyward-Bey said. “I feel fine. Just taking it step by step, doing everything the training staff is telling me to do so I can get back on the field.”
The injury occured “when someone stepped on me the wrong way and it happened Friday in practice,” Heyward-Bey said.
Heyward-Bey, an “X” receiver or split end in the Raiders system said both positions run basically the same routes, with the difference being the “Z,” or flanker, plays off the line, there are adjustments in regard to hot reads, and that the X does more clear out routes.
Coach Tom Cable said during his Monday press briefing that the positions were not interchangable and that Louis Murphy and Chaz Schilens were “Z” receivers and Heyward-Bey was an “X.”
“As you write or think it through, whatever that is that you’re doing with it, don’t cross those two over because you would be doing both of them an injustice. They’re two distinct, different positions,” Cable said.
More to come . . .