By Steve Corkran
Wednesday, August 17th, 2011 at 6:15 pm in Oakland Raiders.
Raiders coach Hue Jackson just announced that starting wide receiver Louis Murphy and starting cornerback Chris Johnson are undergoing surgery for undisclosed injuries. Murphy won’t be able to play in the regular-season opener Sept. 12, Jackson said. Johnson is expected back for that game.
Murphy has missed most of training camp with a hamstring injury. He said a few days ago that he was running and feeling as if he was close to returning to practice. Something obviously happened along the way to a return, given Jackson’s revelation.
Murphy led all Raiders wide receivers in receptions and yards last season. He tied Jacoby Ford for the most receiving touchdown by a wide receiver.
With Murphy out, the Raiders are in sore need of getting back from injury Chaz Schilens and Jacoby Ford. Jackson said Schilens is “getting close” to returning from the injury he suffered against the Arizona Cardinals last Thursday. Ford’s broken left hand is almost healed.
Rookie DeMarcus Van Dyke has been thrust ino the role of starting cornerback opposite Stanford Routt now that Johnson is out. Jackson said Van Dyke looked much improved in practice Wednesday.
In other news, projected starting center Samson Satele left practice with an undisclosed injury. It appeared to be to one of his legs. A member of the media spotted Satele being hauled off to a nearby hospital for tests.
Jackson said Satele’s injury is a “tweak, a nick,” but it’s “nothing major. Rookie Stefen Wisniewski received the majority of reps at center with Satele gone.
Mitchell has missed most of training camp with an unspecified injury. He played an important role in Oakland’s defense last season as an extra defensive back in certain situations.
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