No sign of Nnamdi, Zach Miller

The Raiders started practice Friday the way they have every other day this week _ without cornerback Nnamdi Asomugha and tight end Zach Miller.

Although Cable isn’t likely to say it following practice, there is a very real possibility the Raiders will face the division-leading Kansas City Chiefs Sunday without their Pro Bowl cornerback and Pro Bowl alternate tight end.

Asomugha has a sprained ankle, Miller an injured arch. Cable said he expects Miller to play, but the fact is he hasn’t even set foot on the field to watch practice, let along warm up or jog through a workout like Louis Murphy. The last time anyone in the media saw Miller, he was on crutches.

Even if Miller does play, it’s hard to imagine him being anything near 100 percent, as he was limping badly at times in the Seattle win.

Defensive tackle John Henderson (stress fracture) was also not at practice. Wide receiver Chaz Schilens was spotted walking to a separate field with a member of the athletic training staff.

A word on ticket sales _ the deadline extension to sell enough tickets and prevent a local television blackout can go beyond 24 hours. The Raiders could make an announcement either way in the late afternoon or evening and can sell tickets beyond 1:15 p.m. that count toward a sellout.


Jerry McDonald - NFL Writer