Backup tight end Brandon Myers and starting free safety Michael Huff were ready to adjust their roles Friday with the likelihood that Zach Miller (arch) and Nnamdi Asomugha (ankle) will be watching the AFC West showdown with the Kansas City Chiefs from the sidelines.
Myers, with seven career receptions for 40 yards, will replace the Raiders leading receiver over the past three seasons at tight end.
“It’s totally different. I’m going to have an opportunity to play some meaningful minutes,’’ Myers said. “Whatever way the coaches are going to use me. I’m just excited for the opportunity. It’s going to be sold out, playing against the division, so, excited.”
Huff will play free safety, but in some packages, will play cornerback along with starters Stanford Routt and Chris Johnson and rookie nickel back Jeremy Ware.
“If he doesn’t play then the other corners have got to step up,’’ Huff said. “If they need me to go out there, I’ll go out there.’’
Huff spends considerable practice time working on corner skills in practice and has done it dating back to his days at Texas, where fellow safeties Michael Griffin and Earl Thomas also used much of the offseason working on coverage fundamentals.
NFL Network: Gallery, McClain fined
The NFL Network’s Jason LaCanfora is reporting that guard Robert Gallery and middle linebacker Rolando McClain were each fined $7,500 for infractions against the Seattle Seahawks.
Gallery was fined for a late hit, McClain for grabbing the back of an opponent’s helmet.
It was McClain’s second fine of the season. He was docked $5,000 for a body slam tackle of the Rams Danny Amendola in Week 2.
No word on tickets
The Raiders have made no announcement with regard to ticket sales and whether the Chiefs game will be televised locally after 11 straight blackouts.
Tickets are still available.
A transcription from Cable’s press briefing Friday:
Cable: Heyward-Bey practiced limited. He’s probable for the game. Murphy did not practice. He’s out. Schilens did not practice. He’s out. Satele practiced limited. He’s probable. Zach Miller did not practice. He’s doubtful. Gradkowski practiced limited. He is probable. John Henderson did not practice. He’s out. Asomugha did not practice. He’s doubtful. And Hiram Eugene practiced a little bit. He’s questionable.”
Q:What was Hiram’s injury?
Q: What are Nnamdi’s chances of playing?
Cable: I don’t know. It will probably be game-time. We’ll see if we can work him out Sunday morning and make a decision at that point. He and Zach would both be the same.”
Q:You called Miller questionable a couple days ago. Is he just not making progress?
Q: He has, it’s just not great progress. It started to get better and then it just kind of has mellowed out here the last couple days and not much improvement.
Q: You’re fairly confident in Myers in the passing game?
Cable: Yeah. Absolutely.
Q: Has Nnamdi run yet?
Q:Has Miller run yet?
Q: How does that affect what you want to do defensively if Nnamdi’s not out there?
Cable: It doesn’t. With Chris back, he and Stanford and Jeremy. So we’re fine. It doesn’t change anything.
Q:Talk about Michael Huff’s ability to move out and play corner. That’s pretty rare for a safety, isn’t it?
Cable: He can do that, though. He really has always been our emergency corner for about three years now. There’s been a time where he’s had to go do that – not much, but has the skill set to do that definitely.
Q: Will Bruce be No. 2 or No. 3?
Cable: We’ll see. We’ll see when we get to game day, see him throw Sunday.
Q: Will Walter McFadden be up this week?
Q: Is Bowe their go-to guy or do they spread it around fairly evenly?
Cable: They spread it around but when you think big play down the field, it’s been predominantly Bowe.
Q: What do you need to carry over from last two weeks, and what you need to bring to this game?
Cable: Well, we have to continue to do better on third down offensively and do better in the red zone offensively. And then the penalties are still lingering out there. Those are the things we have to have some improvement on. The things that have to carry over are probably just the way we’re playing for each other, the focus, the attention to detail, the real fundamental things about the game.
Q: Have there been any back-to-back games close to these last two in terms of dominating both lines of scrimmage?
Cable: Maybe those last two games in ’08. We really took the line of scrimmage, the way we took the Tampa game – ran it like 11 straight times or something. That’s kind of a signature finish. That’s probably the last time around here you could relate it to what’s gone on the last two weeks.
Q: How was practice today?
Cable: Loose, we got done what we needed to get done. I think we’re very excited.
Q: Could you see Marcel coming on the last two years on the practice squad?
Cable: Yeah. The skill set you see, his ball skills and all that, we saw right away when we first got him. That made it an easy decision to try and make this guy into a blocker. Last year, he improved a great deal and then it seemed right when we got to camp this year and put pads on, he picked up right where he left off. With no lull and kept improving and improving. The ball skills have always been there; it was just developing him as a blocker and he’s done a heck of a job at that.