Four key players still not practicing for Raiders


Wide receivers Jacoby Ford and Louis Murphy, as well as backup safety Mike Mitchell and starting right cornerback Chris Johnson, are not at practice today.
Murphy (groin/hamstring) and Mitchell (knee) missed Oakland’s first two games with injuries suffered during training camp. Both targeted Sunday’s game against the New York Jets for their 2011 regular-season debut.
That likely won’t happen unless they are able to practice Thursday and/or Friday.
Ford suffered a hamstring injury against the Denver Broncos in the regular-season opener, and he has not practiced in 10 days. Johnson likely aggravated the groin injury he suffered during training camp, though we won’t know for sure until the official injury report comes out later today.
On the bright side for the Raiders, tight end Kevin Boss, receiver Darrius Heyward-Bey (knee) and backup offensive lineman Stephon Heyer and free safety Michael Huff are practicing.
Boss also has not played this season because of a knee injury he suffered against the 49ers on Aug. 20. He said late last week that he expected to play against the Bills. Coach Hue Jackson held out Boss as a precautionary measure.
Huff didn’t start against the Bills, but he played quite a bit. He has been battling a groin injury the past 10 days or so. Heyward-Bey missed the Bills game, and he still is sporting a prominent wrap on his left knee.

*Nick Miller and rookie Denarius Moore shared punt-return duties during practice. Miller has returned every punt for the Raiders this season.
Miller has yet to get untracked on punt or kick returns this season. He has averaged 9.5 yards on punt returns and 15.3 on kick returns.
If Ford can’t play Sunday, Miller, Moore, Taiwan Jones or Rock Cartwright will handle kick-return duties. Miller likely will remain on punt returns as long as he’s on the 53-man roster.

*There won’t be any official word on whether Oakland’s regular-season home-opener is sold out until Thursday afternoon. Teams have until 72 hours before kick-off to sell out the game for it to be televised locally.
Word has it that the Raiders are close to selling out the Jets and New England Patriots games. It remains to be seen whether that holds true.

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Steve Corkran

  • JT

    # priesttj Says:
    September 21st, 2011 at 2:23 pm

    JT are you crazy? what type of WR was Cliff Branch? Morris Bradshaw? Mervyn Fernandez? Jerry Porter , Chaz Schilens? Just to name a few…………you guys are sick with this Al Davis drafts all the bad players and someone else drafts the ones that pan out.

    Al Davis drafts every single player that gets drafted whether you guys like it or not.

    You’ll believe Steve Corkran when he say Al Davis does everything when it suits your premise when it does Corkran is all wet. Either he does everything or he doesn’t ……………period


    I admit Al Davis has had 2 very good drafts, maybe breaking the draft in 2 days gives him time to think about the picks, given his age and all. But seriously, Ford & Moore are not the prototypical Al Davis picks. He likes tall & fast receivers, Fernandez, Porter, DHB, etc etc… and drafting the players you mention in a time period of 20-30 years does not make him a good evaluator of WR talent at all… all of a sudden he hits on 2 WR’s in consecutive drafts?… He may be better ar selecting DB’s, DL, but all other positions, its a crashoott with him…

  • redshirt

    1. Need to sign Sharper or Sheppard, and Tatupu.
    2. Taiwan Jones on kickoff returns is a must.
    3. Who cares who starts at WR as long as Moore and Hagan are on the field for the majority of the plays.

  • redshirt

    JT Says:
    September 21st, 2011 at 2:29 pm

    I admit Al Davis has had 2 very good drafts, maybe breaking the draft in 2 days gives him time to think about the picks, given his age and all.

    Draft is 3 days now.

  • BigLefty

    I don’t get everybody’s love for Lofa Tatupu

    The guy is done. Too slow ect…

    He has tried out for 7 teams and not one has made him an offer

    Hhhhmmmmm I wonder why???

  • ArtilleryShell

    Watching NFL replay, and i see that
    1. Giordano misplayed to key tackles pretty badly on long runs by Fred Jackson,
    2. RoMac is not Matt Millen, he has to do more than occupy blockers, he does not disengage and then make the tackle although he is playing much better in coverage
    3. I’m a big believer in O-line play, that’s how you build a bully, while Cooper Carlisle is playing well, let Campbell get some run, gain some experience, especially if the season goes downhill
    4. Campbell is a good QB, I liked him since his Auburn days
    5. DHB played his best game against Denver, let’s keep his confidence up. Look at how he caught the ball, looked very natural.
    6. We need a D-Coordinator with autonomy. Against a quick spread attack, more D-linemen jumping into the passing lanes might have given the Bills more to think about.
    7. We will be angry, play the Jets hard for a while, but if/when we lose our confidence (another Def-collapse) then we will see if Coach Jackson can motivate and rally his team, especially the Def

  • JohnnyRaider

    If cj can not play Sunday, then bring S Moore up from practice squad and have him play cb. S Moore is far better than DVD and Chew.