By Jerry McDonald - NFL Writer
Friday, December 10th, 2010 at 11:45 am in Oakland Raiders.
There’s a chance coach Tom Cable could have a full complment of players from which to choose when the Raiders play in Jacksonville Sunday.
The only players who didn’t practice were middle linebacker Rolando McClain (foot) and wide receiver Nick Miller (ankle) and both could be available, although Miller has been inactive the past two games anyway.
Asked if all injured payers could be available, Cable said, “There’s a good chance. (We) just have some questions that will be answered Sunday morning.”
Players who were limited at practice were WR Chaz Schilens (foot, knee), CB Nnamdi Asomugha (ankle), SS Tyvon Branch (shoulder), CB Chris Johnson, DT John Hendeson (foot) and FS Hiram Eugene (ribs). All were listed as questionable.
Branch and Asomugha have been hobbled for two weeks now, and there’s no reason to think they’re any worse now than last week when they played against San Diego. With Johnson’s return, Cable said the team will determine how to deploy nickel and dime defensive packages when they determine the health of players Sunday.
“You’ve still got (Johnson) and Branch and Nnamdi kind of gimping around,” Cable said.
The good news is that tight end Zach Miller was listed as having participated fully and is probable. Miller has just eight receptions and one touchdown since Oct. 24, and his re-emergence in the passing game would be big in what figures to be a deliberate, conservative battle for first downs against teams with similar philosophies.
Here’s how Cable described the Jacksonville offense, which as noted in an earlier post has just nine three-and-out sequences all season.
“Very, very, very methodical. They don’t take a lot of chances,” Cable said. “You’re going to see them be similar to us in that it’s run and it’s run and it’s run and it’s play action and dump this and screen this, very methodical.”
More to come later . . .