By Steve Corkran
Thursday, October 20th, 2011 at 10:54 am in Oakland Raiders.
The Raiders are relatively healthy for it being six games into the season. Even so, they still are without a handful of players as they near their game against the Kansas City Chiefs on Sunday.
Middle linebacker Rolando McClain (ankle), fullback Marcel Reece (ankle), cornerbacks Chris Johnson (hamstring) and Chimdi Chekwa (hamstring) and running back Rock Cartwright (knee) aren’t practicing today.
Chekwa and Reece are working with trainers on an adjacent field, going through agility drills and testing out their injured parts. At this point, it’s a stretch to envision either of them playing Sunday.
Given the Raiders have a bye after the Chiefs game, it makes perfect sense to give them two more weeks to recover and get back into football shape and then turn them loose for the final nine games.
Quarterback Carson Palmer was spotted throwing sideline passes to tight end Kevin Boss in the first portion of practice, as offensive coordinator Al Saunders looked on and dished out pointers.
Suffice, Palmer’s arm strength is just fine. His passes arrive in a hurry, in a tight spiral. So, cross off arm strength from your list of possible concerns.
The Raiders have not announced whether Sunday’s game is sold out. The deadline is 1:05 p.m. today. The Raiders have sold out all three of their regular-season home games this season.
The Raiders are in the midst of an eight-game winning streak against AFC West opponents. That is the longest such active streak of any team in the league.
Coincidentally, the Chiefs were the last AFC West team to beat the Raiders, and it came in Oakland on Nov. 15, 2009.
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