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Miller, Norris to I.R.

By Jerry McDonald - NFL Writer
Wednesday, December 30th, 2009 at 2:36 pm in Oakland Raiders.

The Raiders placed wide receiver/return specialist Nick Miller (hey, better late than never) and linebacker Slade Norris on injured reserve and called up safety Jerome Boyd and defensive end Greyson Gunheim for the season finale against Baltimore.

Miller, scheduled to be the Raiders kickoff return specialist and reserve wide receiver, missed the opener with what was originally called “shin splints” and was later determined to be a tibia fracture. Miller ran on the field only once in the ensuing 16 weeks and never recovered enough to play, and thus became a rarity _ an undrafted free agent who remained on the 53-man roster for almost an entire season rather than be put on I.R.

Norris, a fourth-round draft pick who began on the season on the practice squad, came out of the Cleveland game with a hamstring injury.

Gunheim was a practice squad promotion last season and actually made the season-ending sack of Jeff Garcia in the 31-24 win over Tampa Bay which knocked the Bucs out of the playoffs. Boyd is an undrafted free agent out of Oregon who played in college as a linebacker and is a safety with the Raiders.

Wide receiver Darrius Heyward-Bey practiced limited and could be available as a backup Sunday, coach Tom Cable said. Running back Justin Fargas (knee) and guard Langston Walker (ankle) did not practice and more will be known about their status Wednesday. Cornerback Chris Johnson strained a hamstring during practice and the extent of the injury is not known.

Quarterback Bruce Gradkowski (knees) did not practice and Cable has already committed to Charlie Frye as his starter.

More to come . . .

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  • carnitas

    uno

  • M Lonetree

    where’n the hell is Stryker Sulak when ya need him?

  • 4evaRaider

    Green Bay?

  • CaptainBlack

    Nick Miller finally goes on IR? And the medical staff just figured this one out. No wonder we are bottom dwellers

  • http://i380.photobucket.com/albums/oo249/the408RAIDER/749px-I-420svg.png 408RAIDER

    What a joke….

  • http://i380.photobucket.com/albums/oo249/the408RAIDER/749px-I-420svg.png 408RAIDER

    Go Gunheim!

  • CaptainBlack

    This just in from Raiders HQ: Rich Gannon injured his neck. His starting is questionable.

  • M Lonetree

    408,

    Yes! Let the Greyson Gunheim Era recommence!

  • http://www.Move2Alameda.com KoolKell

    Al Davis cut Justin Miller, who ran back 2 TD’s last year, in favor of Nick Miller. Naturally he had to keep Nick on the roster all year.

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    M

    Im bummed our season is over. Now we get to watch the circus that has become our off season routine.

  • CaptainBlack

    The Raiders have signed Dante Pastorini to back JP Losman. The Raiders like Dan’s arm strength and his ability to stretch the field.

  • CaptainBlack

    KK, Justin was running in quicksand this year. He was very slow, unlike last year

  • mistic1

    The way we handled Nick Miller and his roster spot makes no sense, more proof Cable must go.

  • CaptainBlack

    Mistic, that was Al, not Cable. Al makes all personnel moves

  • carnitas

    where is Todd Marinovich i bet he could be better than jamanteca.

  • RaiderRockstar

    “The game is just fun. No one takes it seriously. We go out at practice and guys are jiving around. It’s really the experience more so than it is the game,” Asomugha said.

    ***

    no wonder Nnamdi gets torched by almost every WR he’s lined up against in the Pro Bowl!

    I was embarrassed watching that last year. wish he put a different helmet on for the game. If you’re not gonna give it your all, have a seat on the bench. that should be our motto – even in games with nothing at stake. you’re representing the Raiders when you got that helmet on. thats why Russell’s lack of effort is a slap in the face to Al Davis & Raider fans who bought his jersey

  • RaiderRockstar

    later gents. 5pm in Podunk

  • CaptainBlack

    The Raiders released Kenny Stabler saying accuracy, leadership, and his ability to win were not enough. He could not stretch the field and complete passes to speedy Morris Bradshaw, a back-up receiver who excelled on special teams, but had difficulty catching passes. AD says get over it, Bradshaw will be great.

  • M Lonetree

    Carnitas,

    JaManteca is a good one. A being somewhere between Jah and lard. The human condition. :)

  • M Lonetree

    Someday the Greyson Gunheim experiment will end and then, like the Antajj Hawthorne experiment, no one will notice. Hard knocks in the N(ot)F(or)L(ong).

  • carnitas

    how about the darnell bing experiment.

  • http://www.Move2Alameda.com KoolKell

    Somebody told me yesterday in the barbershop that the LA Stadium work was underway, maybe halfway finished. Anybody hear of that?

  • iriebuff

    Seriously SeaBass got shafted…the best kicker in the NFL and we’ll pay him as such next year. Glad to finally be able to say that without jest.

  • iriebuff

    Special Teams this year has nothing to do with either Miller (Justin or Nick) though I’m not arguing they would be better than Russell. The crux of the issue is Brian Schneider…look at JLH and punts.

    Why DMAC was not back there running back kickoffs when he wasn’t doing much else is a shame.

  • mistic1

    We don’t know how much is AL or Cable, we do know Davis is unhappy with this team. Expect Cable to be gone at seasons end. Cable’s offense does not score, Cable seems to have failed to develope the youngsters. Marshall has gotten much more out of the players on the other side of the ball. Davis believes his team is talented enough to be competitive. With the right offensive coach this team will jump to at least 7-9 wins.

  • raidermarty

    Must be something to the kid if they kept him around all year but just a strange situation not putting him on ir-hope he does something next year

  • http://www.Move2Alameda.com KoolKell
  • mistic1

    Mac-20 and no.2 need fresh starts with better coaching. We need upgrades at d tackle, MLB, and the right side of the o line. All of these issues will be adressed in the off season. One thing we know for sure Davis will never not stand by, or idle.

  • http://CableBumaye 909RaiderLifer

    KK….

    I live not to far from where that stadium is PROPOSED to be built, I can assure you that not a single Caterpillar has touched that site. Hell, the politicians haven’t had they’re photo op with the gold painted shovels yet…

  • mistic1

    Miller is talented, the injured list, and active roster have been mishandled all season. Cable even tried to sell us on gradkowski with tears in both knees! More proof that he needs to go. If the raiders win or lose Sunday is there any doubt Cable is gone.

  • http://www.Move2Alameda.com KoolKell

    909,

    Sounds like it’s all approved though. Could be ready in a couple of years.

    http://www.losangelesfootballstadium.com/

  • 860Todd Christensen

    KK we are safe, the league is flush with 5 and 10 teams, no-one wants us there!

  • mistic1

    DHB could have been used in more creative ways. Screens and reverses would have been easy ways to get the ball in his hands, and build his confidence. The offensive play caller must try to put his guys in a comfort zone. This offense is overwehlmed, and they look lost. Cable is gone.

  • http://CableBumaye 909RaiderLifer

    KK…

    They’ve been talking about a new/re-modeled football stadium down here for 30 years…

    I’ll believe it when I see the Ironworkers putting up beams…

    Plus it’s a chicken/egg problem. Roski want a team commitment along with a ownership stake of that team, before he builds. Any team that MAY move here, wants to see the stadium being built, before they commit to moving here.

    The Rams are the only team for sale that I know of. And, that could move here under this scenario..

  • http://CableBumaye 909RaiderLifer

    KK….

    Approved it is. A start day for construction is yet to be announced.

    I think it’s chances are about the same as our State having a balanced budget any time soon….

  • M Lonetree

    L.A. basin. No natural water source but scads of seimic faults everywhere. Humans deserve credit for gumption (Forrest Gumption??) even if their awareness is shy of the mark.

  • M Lonetree

    seismic.

  • 860Todd Christensen

    Maybe its just me, but doesn’t “OAKLAND RAIDERS” strike the fear into every fan in the country?

  • M Lonetree

    Obamabucks have lined the pockets of the well-to-do, perhaps some Tigerbucks (Or Elin Nordgrenbucks as it were) can alleviate constraints to a stadium right here on our very own fault lines.

  • 860Todd Christensen

    In my book, the LA Raiderettes, were of their time, glam, gloss, and Marcus. Times change, time to get back to your roots, straighten your head, and come back stronger than when you left. We have a lot of young talent, no leadership, a HC lookin to save his azz, and a following that is the most loyal in the NFL. This team can make it, but it must work as a team, from the TOP, to the BOTTOM. I hope we have a great draft, there is much fixing to be done, and I wish my Raider Brothers a Happy, Prosperus, and Healthy New Year. Let’s all take time to hope we can get it together, team and fans alike, and our Raiders put up a great team for the 2010 Super Bowl. Happy New Year all in this Blog!

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  • soldier32mp

    Whats new get rid of these injury prone players they haven’t done anything all year including Mr give up BIG play’s johnson!! Why are they even earning a paycheck??? Go figure the last game and you’ve got broke D@*K players!!!

  • soldier32mp

    We have NO QB,NO fully fuctional offensive backs, weak line on both sides and D backs that give up big plays every week Ray Rice is going to smoke them.. hiself alone has more rushing and catches then all our backs and WR’s and to make it even more RUB IN YOUR FACE effect there playing at home or i should say ALL the OPP’s home..

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  • rat

    typical raiders.. un-drafted free agaent 15 games inactive week 16 to the ir. what a joke of a team. baltimore has to win to get into the playoffs? they are going to kill us by 25 plus points. same as last year.