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Miller says he’ll play, Asomugha `game time’

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Tight end Zach Miller looks to be a good bet to start Sunday against the Steelers, but it sounds as if cornerback Nnamdi Asomugha, wide receiver Darrius Heyward-Bey and defensive tackle John Henderson are not sure things.

Miller, Asomugha, Heyward-Bey and Henderson were all limited and and listed as questionable.

“I think a couple of them are going to be game time decisions, Asomugha being one of them,” Cable said. “We’ll see how it goes from there, but I feel pretty good about the group.”

Miller said “no question” he would play and conceded he was initially concerned about the injury, which Cable said was to his arch. He was initially on crutches and was later seen with a cane.

“I was definitely worried about it,” Miller said. “The timing of the bye week was great because it allowed me to get a ton of treatment and really help recover.”

Wide receiver Chaz Schilens, on the field for the first time since training camp, was limited but will not play and is listed as “out.”

Cable said there was “positive and negative” from Schilens’ practice and said, “We’ll see how he feels (Saturday).”

The guess here is that Miller will play (he said he would start, “no question”) and that Henderson could be active and play a few snaps. Asomugha and Heyward-Bey are toss-ups and could wind up inactive.

Cable was available for quesitons for a little over a minute and a half, with the Raiders cutting things short to board a plane to Pittsburgh.

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Jerry McDonald - NFL Writer