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 . . .