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DHB in boot . . . status TBA

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.

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  • 24

    Gradkowski is showing signs of Rich Gannon/Jeff Garcia. He’ll definately get the boot next season. Theres no way we can have any success with a guy thats not Al Davis’ main guy. Winning with someone else would just be wrong.

  • 24

    Al Davis was never going to get rid of his own spy. That would be dumb.

  • 4evaRaider

    everybody working hard after a big winnnnnnnnnn

  • http://media-2.web.britannica.com/eb-media/63/60563-004-52A399D4.jpg Dakota

    Darrius “Hands of Stone, Feet of Glass” Heyward-Bey!

  • 24

    Al Davis wants us to believe that the X and Y positions are so vastly different in order to justify starting DHB as often as possible because he wants us to think that its impossible for another receiver outside of DHB to play the X. Retarded.

  • 24

    And what the hell is up with all of our players ending up in the boot? Maybe its the official sign that they’re going to “Get the Boot” based on their play?

  • http://blstb.msn.com/i/55/90A2853B6CFBCC2AFC987BB18B832.jpg vegas raider

    Great No DHB…..who are we going to get to be such a great decoy.

  • DMAC

    Don’t believe “the boot, step on my foot incident.” Someone finally conviced Al we should be playing our best players on the field. They simply want to see how the season continues with Murph, Chaz, and JLH.

  • JB

    Dakota

    You should save your put downs fir those who have earned it like “your Boy” DMac. I normally agree with many of your positions but it’s way too early to be banging on Bey. Now DMac is a different case. I still said we shoukld have taken Sedrick Ellis DT, USC instead of the next sure thing. Yeah right.

  • DMAC

    We might as well use is Hanson’s services and place him on the practice squad. Maybe it will motivate the D to hit harder and be more physical.

  • DMAC

    Now if we could only get Sam Williams in a boot!!

  • 4evaRaider

    hanson is of the devil

  • http://media-2.web.britannica.com/eb-media/63/60563-004-52A399D4.jpg Dakota

    JB,

    Sedrick Ellis-1 sack
    -what a pro bowl talent!

  • JB

    Let’s save the debate on Bey until next year. He should only be used sparingly for the remainder of the year. A little aging time on the bench won’t hurt him. Schillins & definitely Murphy yes with a little JLH thrown in. That will do just fine for now.

  • http://blstb.msn.com/i/55/90A2853B6CFBCC2AFC987BB18B832.jpg vegas raider

    Sam Williams made a great stop on the 3rd and 1 play that preceded the 4th and 1 QB sneak that we stopped.

    Watched the replay of the game today and was amazed. it was #54 stepping up in the hole and stopping Mendanhall for no gain.

  • DMAC

    Did you see the Williams vs. Whitten matchup????

  • morilla

    I love how the Raiders fake injuries instead of saying players are benched.

  • http://blstb.msn.com/i/55/90A2853B6CFBCC2AFC987BB18B832.jpg vegas raider

    I did, and he was overmatched definately, but last time I checked Witten has been doing that to LB’ers for 10 years at a Pro Bowl level.

    I don’t mind Williams as our 51st player on the roster, locker room and ST guy, and 5th LB.

    When he is starting, that’s where the problem lays.

  • DMAC

    I would love to have him on the practice squad though. Just my opinion.

  • http://media-2.web.britannica.com/eb-media/63/60563-004-52A399D4.jpg Dakota

    What was Russell’s fake injury again?

  • Chris in NY

    I still think DMac could be a star in this league. He really hasn’t been healthy enough or had the touches to declare him a bust. Not by a long shot.

    I understand that we have 3 good RBs that all deserve touches, but Dmac, who’s only averaging 10 touches in the 8 games he’s played in, really needs to see the ball twice as much to make a difference. He comes in for about a series per quarter and has no chance to get into a rhythm or not be looking over his shoulder for someone else to enter.

    Plus they need to run more stuff on the edge with him, utilize his speed.

  • JB

    # Dakota Says:
    December 9th, 2009 at 12:41 pm

    JB,

    Sedrick Ellis-1 sack
    -what a pro bowl talent!
    ************

    Seems to me defense is more measurable as a team event rather than an individual event. I could be wrong but I believe the Saints D is doing fairly well especially against the run. Much better than ours and I’m confident that Ellis would have made a much bigger contribution to Our D than DMac has made to our O. I realize that’s a very subjective observation but that’s why we all have opinions.

    Regarding Bey I simply say let’s not count him out yet. He’s very young and inexperienced. It’s not his fault he was the #7 pick. That’s on AD. We all expect too much from him at this point in time. He should be given time on the bench and used sparingly this year. Next year is when we should be more critical of his contributions.

  • DMAC

    Does Gary Russell play with a boot on kick off returns???????

  • Chris in NY

    Winning in this league is all about big plays. It’s not about getting 3-4 yards a pop in the running game. One thing breaks down in a drive with that approach and you come away empty. You need big chunks. DMac is the back best suited to give us that.

  • http://blstb.msn.com/i/55/90A2853B6CFBCC2AFC987BB18B832.jpg vegas raider

    Chris in NY Says:
    December 9th, 2009 at 12:48 pm

    I understand that we have 3 good RBs that all deserve touches,

    **************************

    Correction we have 3 crappy RB’s that only deserve carries because the other 2 aren’t very good either.

  • http://media-2.web.britannica.com/eb-media/63/60563-004-52A399D4.jpg Dakota

    JB,

    Well, who knows…maybe if Dmac was drafted by a competant team he would be better too.

  • morilla

    when coaches, players,analysts, writers, ( I could go on) say that DMAC is not THE back, what will it take for the rest of you baffoons to see the light? Because honestly Idon’t know what dude you are watching. Are you more educated in football than they are?

    DMAC gets the handoff, runs into the line 1 yrd gain. DMAC gets the handoff, runs into the line 0 yrd gain. DMAC gets the handoff, runs into the line 1 yrd gain. DMAC gets the handoff, runs into the line 1 yrd gain.DMAC gets the handoff, runs into the line 1 yrd gain.

    Get the point? Sell your jerseys.

  • JB

    Dakota

    Don’t get me wrong, I think DMac could make a great contribution. Just not a RB. He’s just not very good between the tackles – chicken legs and not made for that type of action. They are meant to be in the open. Put him at slot WR running crossing patterns against LB’s & safeties. That and reverses. He’d be stellar and noteworthy. Until that happens, he’s just another scrub RB.

  • names2long

    24…Why do you post the same paragraph on every blog page, even when it has nothing to do with the blog?

  • UP LOCOMOTIVE ENGINEER

    We need to cut ties with JaDarrenBey

    AND CABLE !!!!!!!!!!

  • UP LOCOMOTIVE ENGINEER

    Dakota Says:
    December 9th, 2009 at 12:53 pm
    JB,

    Well, who knows…maybe if Dmac was drafted by a competant team he would be better too.

    ============

    I DON’T SEE WHERE PLAYING ON ANOTHER TEAM WOULD HELP FALLING DOWN EVERYTIME YOU ARE TOUCHED ??

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  • snnyjcbs

    You people are so lame. A player on the Raiders does well and he was put on the team but Al Davis really did not want him. A player sucks and he was Al Davis guy that no one else wanted but Al Davis forced on the team.

    You were all cutting Nnamdi down for his first few years. You were all knocking Branch that is turning into a very good safety. You were on Murphy and now he is a stud. Henderson you people were cutting his throat and he is turning into a good LT. I could go on for days, Raider Fans my ###.

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