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Walker will start at LG

Langston Walker, thrust into action as guard for the first time in six years two weeks ago, will start at left guard Sunday against the Denver Broncos.

Chris Morris, who received a game ball in that same game against Pittsburgh for holding the line together at center, and helping keep Walker abreast of his assignments, will go to the bench and be the backup at center and guard.

It’s not surprising the Raiders would make a change up front after surrendering eight sacks in a 34-13 loss to Washington, and Morris is taking the fall.

Asked what went into the change, Raiders coach Tom Cable said, “Just the play of what we got last week at left guard and trying to secure that a little bit.”

Walker joked openly in the days after the Steelers game about how Cable approached him during the game, asking him what schemes he liked, with Walker replying, “I don’t like any of it.”

He likes it a little more now.

“I do feel a little bit better at it, just because I’ve had a week’s practice at it,” Walker said. “The coaching staff is pretty confident in me playing it. I’m just going to go out there and do it.”

Having gone from prized free agent signee in Buffalo to out of a job in the past year until the Raiders signed him on Oct. 14, Walker isn’t looking much past the next game.

“I’ve always been, ‘You want me to do this? I can do it.’ I put that in my mind that I can do it and I go out there and play at the highest level that I can,” Walker said. “In terms of a permanent solution, who knows? I’ve seen stranger things. I could drop 100 pounds and might play linebacker or something like that.”

Walker’s ascension could be a hint the Raiders intend to run some power plays to their left. Moving the ball with the run could help neutralize right outside linebacker Elvis Dumervil who leads the NFL with 15 sacks.

More news and notes:

– Cable said Zach Miller will be tested later today to determine whether the tight end can face Denver Sunday. Miller did not practice all week. It will likely be classified as a “game time decision” but expect Miller to be on the inactive list Sunday.

As for Miller’s replacement, Cable said “it wouldn’t matter” who starts between Tony Stewart and Brandon Myers because both will play.

– Wide receiver Darrius Heyward-Bey has been listed as “out” against Denver, meaning the rookie will miss his third straight game. Asked if there was something more serious at work with Heyward-Bey’s injury, Cable said, “foot sprain.”

– Also listed as out are quarterback Bruce Gradkowski (knees) and wide reciever/return specialist Nick Miller (tibia). LB Sam Williams is questionable after missing practice due to an illness.

DE Matt Shaughnessy (groin), S Michael Huff (stinger) and DE Greg Ellis (knee) made it through the entire practice and are all probable.

Ellis hadn’t practiced all week, and don’t be surprised if that’s the way the Raiders handle his knee through the last three weeks _ getting him involved in one late-week practice and keeping him fresh for game day.

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  • exlaraiderseasonticketholder

    Morning 4evaRaider. Snowing here lol

  • exlaraiderseasonticketholder

    Here’s something to brighten everyones morning:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YXj7I1RzLSE&feature=related

  • neilb

    Morning 4eva and Exla.

    I was going to ask if everyone was okay.Weather reports over here are saying you’re getting heavy snow storms.

  • exlaraiderseasonticketholder

    Just light snow here but to the east omg

  • exlaraiderseasonticketholder
  • 4evaRaider

    Prolly gonna be 78 here today Neilb

  • neilb

    We’ve got a light covering over here – a lot of lower league football games have been called off.

    4eva….you lucky so-and-so!!!

  • 4evaRaider

    Man that hit that Tatum put on Earl Campbell,I fely it!!!!!.And Earl Campbell was EXTREMELY hard to bring down.Campbell sure woulda looked good in Silver and Black,imo

  • 4evaRaider

    fely lol

  • 4evaRaider

    I pay for it in July and August Neilb

  • neilb

    On Saturday mornings they show “America’s Game” on tv.This morning was the ’75 Steelers.I don’t like the Steelers but I love football – so I watched it.

    Enjoyed the hit that George Atkinson put on Lynn Swann.Enjoyed even more Swann whining ’bout it!!

  • neilb

    Too hot ? What temps do you get in those 2 months ?

  • 4evaRaider

    98 degrees and 80% humidity,it miserable but its GREAT now =)

  • BlackSunday32

    I love Atkinson killing Swan Steelers cry and they show all the dirty hit the Steelers put on other teams just didn’t like it done to them.”Lynn Swann, He’s Soft”!

  • 4evaRaider

    so is hines ward

  • neilb

    4eva…

    don’t think I’ve ever had temps up to 98 degrees!!

  • 4evaRaider

    It’s nice Neilb.you should try it sometimes.110 degrees in Calli is more comfortable than 95 plus high humidity here in floritucky =)

  • neilb

    Swann,what a crybaby.He actually said on camera that it was a legal hit but then he whined on and on about it.Can’t believe this soft sh!te is in the HoF.

  • neilb

    Maybe one day 4eva.

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eAaQNACwaLw Raider75

    # 4evaRaider Says:
    December 19th, 2009 at 7:14 am

    It’s nice Neilb.you should try it sometimes.110 degrees in Calli is more comfortable than 95 plus high humidity here in floritucky =)
    ……………

    LOL! I know what you are going through. Here in East Texas we get 102 in the Summer months with 90% humidity and higher.

    You sweat just thinking about going outside.

    Been nice lately though. Had highs of 55 and low 40s at night.

  • Raiderbuck

    In Iowa we get the 102 with 98% humidity AND -30 in the winter, aren’t we the bright ones.

    “The hardships of this land are as nothing to us.”

  • neilb

    Nothing so extreme where I live.Close to the coast so it’s mild winters and warm summers.

  • 4evaRaider

    well then LOOK who’s talkin Neilb,that sounds REAL NICE

  • neilb

    It does doesn’t it ? Don’t know why we don’t have more tourists!!

    I actually like the autumn over here.

  • 4evaRaider

    Really? what is your low winter temerature in NE Eangland then?

  • 4evaRaider

    ENgland sorry

  • neilb

    I would say no lower than about -10.Might get a bad week when it goes below that.

  • CaptainBlack

    4evaRaider, why bother discussing anything with RMR or KK. Both repeat the same things, over and over.

  • neilb

    That time again….

    Off for my dinner,enjoy your Saturday my friends…

  • raidertbone

    # neilb Says:
    December 19th, 2009 at 7:14 am

    Swann,what a crybaby.He actually said on camera that it was a legal hit but then he whined on and on about it.Can’t believe this soft sh!te is in the HoF.
    _________________________________________
    I guess Steeler fan doesn’t want to acknowledge all the kicking, fighting, gouging and cheap shots by Lambert and that whole crew during their heyday!

  • raidertbone

    Was it just me, or did I see a lot of #2 jerseys turned around backwards during the Redskins game? The Great JaMarcus Mutiny is ON!

  • 4evaRaider

    CaptainBlack….

    MR and KoolKell very good and knowledgeable posters,imo.When they are not beating horses’ to death they are VERY PASSIONATE about the Raiders.We all have differing views and all must be taken into account,imo.True we ALL have tendencies we dont like about other posters but I’ve learned its nothing personal.And they love the Raiders

    richochet is of a whole different whatever he/she is,imo

    p.s. And that MR is a funny mutha phucka,imo

  • SnB offense defense specialteams

    Here the FACTS! WITHOUT THE NICKNAMES

    1. AL DAVIS drafted JaMarcus Russell

    2. Russell showed up to camp out of shape, skipped OTAs and didn’t have command of the playbook…this was all DURING TRAINING CAMP

    3. AL DAVIS and TOM CABLE forced Russell into the lineup anyway

    I blame Davis 100% for this mess….Russell is unqualified for the job of QB…but I don’t blame the unqualified…I blame the managers that put the guy in the position to begin with.

  • SnB offense defense specialteams

    Do you think Tomlin, Belicheck, Harbaugh, Reid, Coughlin, Turner, Payton, Caldwell and their team’s respective Owners…

    WOULD LET A YOUNG QB WHO SHOWED UP OVERWEIGHT, SKIPPED OTAs, DIDN’T KNOW THE PLAYBOOK, COULDN’T HIT HIS PASSES, AND WAS INDIFFERENT PLAY, ESPECIALLY IF THERE WAS A BETTER OPTION ON THE BENCH?

    The answer to the above, especially the part in CAPS, gets to the root freekn cause of why our Raider franchise is among the ABSOLUTE WORST in professional sports!

    Al Davis drafted JaMarcus Russell!

  • 4evaRaider

    SnB offense defense specialteams Says:
    December 19th, 2009 at 8:18 am
    Here the FACTS! WITHOUT THE NICKNAMES

    1. AL DAVIS drafted JaMarcus Russell

    2. Russell showed up to camp out of shape, skipped OTAs and didn’t have command of the playbook…this was all DURING TRAINING CAMP

    3. AL DAVIS and TOM CABLE forced Russell into the lineup anyway
    ******************************************************

    I smell a “for cause” in there if you wanna look at it that way SnB lol

  • aig

    SnB,

    of course, it’s Al Davis. He takes it to the top and he pulls it down. We gotta live with the mad man for good and bad. Hopefully the Russell saga has ended.

  • exlaraiderseasonticketholder

    The Russell era has ended. No need for cause. AD finally saw how bad he was in the 2nd half of the ‘skins game.
    For laughs:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fvzqMYR9Wzw

  • SnB offense defense specialteams

    Why did Al Davis throw away the entire season to support a QB that 2wasn’t even prepared to play?

    Why would Davis foster an environment where a player could even think like JaRyan Russell did?

    I am so sick and tired of this B.S!

  • http://atm Raider O

    O Mock Draft 1.0:
    1- MLB R McClain ( Suh will not be available)
    2- DE Carlos Dunlap ( move Seymour to DT)
    3- DT Mike Neal
    3- RT Sam Young or Kyle Calloway
    4- CB Walter Thurmond, Syd Thompson,B Ghee, Patrick Stoudamire, Omar Bolden, or Leroy Vann.
    5- OG Thomas Austin, or Jon Asamoah
    5- CB, OL, DL, or LB
    6- FB Cory Jackson
    7- CB, OL, DL, or LB

    No Ss, WRs, RBs, TEs, or a QB! We can get help at WR, QB, and other positions in FA.

    Cut Warren, Walker, TK if he doesn’t take a pay cut, Green, Cooper, Sam Williams, Euk if he doesn’t take a huge pay cut ( 2.5 mil to play STs only!!), and Fargas!

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  • http://MSN TonyTwizz

    Would a logical, sensible draft be asking too much from AD…? He has to know he’s running out of time…

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