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Houshmandzadeh makes Raiders debut; Hagan not here

Wide receiver T.J. Houshmandzadeh is at practice, as expected, rocking No. 84 and apparently taking the place of fellow veteran Derek Hagan.

Houshmandzadeh is among the six wide receivers on the practice field, and Hagan is not among them for the first time all season.

Houshmandzadeh signed with the Raiders on Tuesday after working out for coach Hue Jackson. He has a chance to play Sunday against the Denver Broncos, given he can get in three practices.

The Raiders are hopeful that he can provide a spark for a receiving corps that hasn’t produced much in recent games. Darrius Heyward-Bey has been the lone consistent performer all season.

In other news, running back Darren McFadden is not at practice once again. He has missed all four practices since he suffered a mid-foot sprain against the Kansas City Chiefs on Oct. 23.

It’s looking more and more as if Jackson intends to rest McFadden for the Broncos game in hopes of having him for the AFC West showdown against the San Diego Chargers on Nov. 10.

Jackson has to feel confident that the Raiders can get past the Broncos without McFadden. If they can’t beat the Broncos without McFadden, then the Raiders problems run deeper than an injured lead back.

Middle linebacker Rolando McClain (leg), cornerbacks Chris Johnson (hamstring) and Chimdi Chekwa (hamstring) and kicker Sebastian Janikowski (hamstring) also aren’t practicing.

Tight end Kevin Boss (concussion) and fullback Marcel Reece (ankle) are practicing and showing no negative effects from their injuries.

Interestingly, the Raiders still have fullback Manase Tonga on their 53-man roster. He has either impressed Jackson enough to warrant a longer look, or Jackson isn’t convinced that Reece is ready to play at full strength.

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  • http://charlesdickenspage.com/index.html John Jarndyce

    I think the Raiders singed Housh because none of the other guys showed up at Palmer’s house for the game, except for Hagan. He got the ax for puking on Palmer’s couch.

  • inonewordraider

    how is it bad thing that he asks for and gets more
    __________________
    you become a polarizing figure and your teammates no longer want to go to battle with you. Why do you think Palmer wanted out of Cincy? Ask TO how it’s worked out for him

  • inonewordraider

    Murphy and DHB were at Ruth-Chris, taking pics and tweeting like some high schoolers.

    Well done guys.

    ________________________
    no schit what are these guys thinking?

  • LA to TheBay

    Bo has scheduled Darren McFadden’s 2012 Offseason workout regimine at his makeshift USMC basic training grounds in his back yard in Chicagoland.

  • Macho Man Randy Savage

    Housh on other Raiders WRs: “They’re all fast. But they don’t really have a guy who can work the middle of the field and can run routes.”
    55 seconds ago Favorite Retweet Reply
    +++++++++++

    LOL. Nice way to get the lockeroom on your side!

  • http://www.actionext.com/playlist_57486.html La Milicia Negra

    Dammit! JAX took Robiskie : /

  • Just Fire Baby

    I could see blowing off the MNF game with your QB, if it was like Saints-Falcons or something.

    But it was Chiefs-Chargers!!!

    They should be drinking brews and chopping up ways to exploit things they saw, against teams they will be playing soon!!

  • http://build-a-bully 909RaiderLifer

    CorkOnTheNFL Coach Jackson on Tim Tebow: “I hope he doesn’t get it right this week. I hope he continues to do what he’s being doing, keep it that way.”
    21 minutes ago
    “““““““““““““““““““““““““““`
    Now you did it Hue. May as well kick a puppy in front of the cameras.. Those Tebow worshipers will not be pleased with you…

  • silverback

    Seems like it has been a three ring circus around here since Al died. Man I hope the
    Raiders are ready to play on Sunday.

  • JT

    Since we dont have a 1st round draft pick next year, what do you think if the raiders tank this season, trading McFadden for a 1st and 2nd, while he is still valuable?…

    To many injuries to be considered a elite RB.

  • RaiderSam

    Inonewordraider Says:
    November 2nd, 2011 at 2:42 pm
    Housh on other Raiders WRs: “They’re all fast. But they don’t really have a guy who can work the middle of the field and can run routes.”
    55 seconds ago Favorite Retweet Reply
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    hue should cut him now and resign hagan while he can. would any other current raider say something this stupid? No fu#kin way
    ===================
    This was the risk they got when they signed this guy…ran his mouth just like this in Seatlle…and now the other players are like ; “What’s wrong with the receivers we have now?” “Did I do something?”

  • Seymour Bush

    MistaBrown Says:
    November 2nd, 2011 at 2:10 pm

    I look at it this way
    ==================================

    No one gives a rats ass what you think. Just a FYI.

  • Just Fire Baby

    trading McFadden for a 1st and 2nd, while he is still valuable?…

    ***********************

    RB’s are not valued high enough for a 1st and 2nd.

    We MAY be able to squeeze out a 1st for Darren, but certainly not if he only bangs out 12 or 13 games again this year.

  • TheToozFan55

    Maybe the other Wr’s have kids they needed to take trick or treating? I hope there is some reason that they didn’t take up CP on his offer. This doesn’t bode well.

  • John Tweedy

    DMAC Says:
    November 2nd, 2011 at 1:55 pm
    We should of just traded Hagan to Bilicheat and the Pats for a 6-7 rounder.

    .
    Nobody would give us even a 7th for this pos.

  • http://build-a-bully 909RaiderLifer

    CorkOnTheNFL Houshmandzadeh on Palmer: “People on TV, they’re like, ‘Oh, he doesn’t have the arm strength.’ They don’t know what they’re talking about.”
    27 minutes ago

  • TheToozFan55

    Let’s hope TJ is not another Randy Moss! That bas#$d came here, took the money and didn’t try at all! Then went to NE and had how many touchdowns the next year?

  • raideredoutL.A.

    uggghh. this don’t sound good.

  • raideredoutL.A.

    TheToozFan55 Says:
    November 2nd, 2011 at 2:56 pm
    Let’s hope TJ is not another Randy Moss! That bas#$d came here, took the money and didn’t try at all! Then went to NE and had how many touchdowns the next year?
    ”””””’

    nah tj aint capable of doing what Moss did in NE, but what an idiot for talking.

  • charles2521

    our offense is going to change for the wrong reason with palmer and housh …….hue is going to have to found a way to prove everyone he’s right and everyone else is wrong. so we are going to pass more dmc less and change the bully…to a pass first team will it help only time will tell

  • http://www.blogcdn.com/www.fanhouse.com/media/2008/04/desmond-howard-425-sm.jpg Bo Schembechler Jackson

    DMAC, what is your MAJOR MALFUNCTION?

  • fingers

    The Raiders gave the Donks 6 first downs last time due to penalties …. In all 15 penalties… That first game shouldn’t have been as close as the score was… The Raiders should roll the Donks this time…the Donks are horrible… And so is Tebow…

  • silverback

    Uh, I think TJ is correct about the Raider receivers, they don’t run great routes.
    Hopefully he can help with that, they are young and will continue to improve, or be
    gone.

  • JT

    # Just Fire Baby Says:
    November 2nd, 2011 at 2:55 pm

    trading McFadden for a 1st and 2nd, while he is still valuable?…

    ***********************

    RB’s are not valued high enough for a 1st and 2nd.

    We MAY be able to squeeze out a 1st for Darren, but certainly not if he only bangs out 12 or 13 games again this year.

    I would trade him for a 1st…

  • The Big Banana

    Housh on other Raiders WRs: “They’re all fast. But they don’t really have a guy who can work the middle of the field and can run routes.”
    55 seconds ago Favorite

    CorkOnTheNFL Coach Jackson on Tim Tebow: “I hope he doesn’t get it right this week. I hope he continues to do what he’s being doing, keep it that way.”

    ___________

    Hue and TJ need to stfu already

  • JT

    # charles2521 Says:
    November 2nd, 2011 at 2:59 pm

    our offense is going to change for the wrong reason with palmer and housh …….hue is going to have to found a way to prove everyone he’s right and everyone else is wrong. so we are going to pass more dmc less and change the bully…to a pass first team will it help only time will tell
    ——

    exactly…. more passing oriented offense.

  • TheToozFan55

    Like somebody said earlier, we have to get away from the drama and back to smash-mouth football. And winning games. I’m keeping my fingers crossed but i think the coaching staff may be taking the Broncos too lightly. And I’m not 100% sure that John Fox won’t change his mind and play Orton. Have a sinking feeling.

  • fingers

    Wednesday must be complain about anything and everything…. Hey, the Raiders are contenders… Think positive…

  • djohnnyg

    We already conceded one game already with KC, we cannot afford to give Denver away so McFadden can rest.

    A loss is a loss whether it’s Denver or Green Bay; in fact even worse if it’s Denver cuz it’s a divisional matchup with wide ramifications.

    If McFadden is ready..or close…i say start him.

    I don’t like this taking Denver so lightly stuff. Next thing you know Carson is throwing 3 ints. and Denver is stacking the line to stop Bush and we can’t score. And Tebow does just enuff…

  • JT

    # djohnnyg Says:
    November 2nd, 2011 at 3:04 pm

    We already conceded one game already with KC, we cannot afford to give Denver away so McFadden can rest.

    A loss is a loss whether it’s Denver or Green Bay; in fact even worse if it’s Denver cuz it’s a divisional matchup with wide ramifications.

    If McFadden is ready..or close…i say start him.

    I don’t like this taking Denver so lightly stuff. Next thing you know Carson is throwing 3 ints. and Denver is stacking the line to stop Bush and we can’t score. And Tebow does just enuff…

    precisely

  • JT

    # TheToozFan55 Says:
    November 2nd, 2011 at 3:03 pm

    Like somebody said earlier, we have to get away from the drama and back to smash-mouth football. And winning games. I’m keeping my fingers crossed but i think the coaching staff may be taking the Broncos too lightly. And I’m not 100% sure that John Fox won’t change his mind and play Orton. Have a sinking feeling.

    —-

    Rule #1: Never take a division opponent too lightly!

  • RAIDERMAN99

    I would have preferred retaining Hagan, but the Housh move is really nothing to get worked up over.

    Glad that CJ hasn’t been IR’d. I’m probably in the minority here, but I like CJ and think he can be a valuable contributor down the stretch, if he can get healthy.

    Hoping the signing/waiving action doesn’t distract from preparation for the mules. Seems to be an atmosphere of clamoring about roster moves and taking a win for granted, based on the Mules and Tebow’s weak showing. This is the NFL and if the Rams can whup the Saints then you’d best believe the Mules can beat the Raids.

    Opening total for this game was 45. Smart money quickly hammered that down to 42.5. Raids favored by 8, might go to 9. So books are calling for something like a 26-17 Raider win.

    This figures to be perhaps the easiest win of the year, but it’s certainly not a gimme – especially if DMAC doesn’t go.

    Raids better not fail here. Fall back to .500 and 0-2 in the division spells deep trouble.

    No complacency. Get the job done.

  • fingers

    If McFadden isn’t 100% then rest him…. Would you rather beat Denver twice or Lose to the Chokers twice…Denvers not contending this year… Besides if the Raiders can’t beat Denver without McFadden then this team isn’t a contender…

  • DEATHROW 55

    Turkey Jizz needs to stfu this guy is no one to talk, this guy goes in the middle only to get layed out left twitching on the ground. Schillens boss gordon ausberry our big decent targets in the middle .

  • raiderzmaverick

    Yeah, does seem a bit that way….

  • ElkGRaider

    DMAC was standing on the sidelines WITH PADS ON the whole frickin Queef game. Now he has a boot with crutches? This the twilight zone? We are not good enough to sit our best players because we can “afford” to. There are no easy wins…ask the Saints…

  • fingers

    McFadden started the Chefs game… Cameout after 2 carrys… If he’s hurt then he’s Hurt….
    I’d rather have McFadden 100 % for the Chokers than an injured McFadden aginst the Donks…. Why risk losing him for the playoff push….this team has to be able to play without its star players sometimes…if the Raiders can’t beat the donks without McFadden then they won’t make the playoffs..

  • DEATHROW 55

    If mcfadden ain’t ready then he ain’t ready no reason for set backs the season is long and would rather have him healthy vs the chargers. Its diff this time if we don’t have dmac cause hu will learn from his mistake vs the quiefs and mix in jones more plus reece its back. And cp3 better play better than pedestrian.

  • joker94583

    Cutting Hagan? F’ing retarded. Yeah keep two guys who have been injured their entire time with the Raiders. Now I get it… Hue is bi-polar! Or a huge Tard. At least Hagan won’t be unemployed for long. I hope an AFC West team signs him. Hue knows this is the NFL and not Yahoo fantasy football, right? Or does he? Still sticking to my 7-9 prediction.

  • ghostraiders

    I dont know about you guys… but I’m going to booo doucheyourmomma on Sunday…

  • Chris in NY

    JT Says:
    November 2nd, 2011 at 2:53 pm
    Since we dont have a 1st round draft pick next year, what do you think if the raiders tank this season, trading McFadden for a 1st and 2nd, while he is still valuable?…

    To many injuries to be considered a elite RB.

    ——————————

    Ehhh. No way. McFadden is our best playmaker and, when healthy, the best back in the league in my mind. He’s started every game so far this year even though he missed most of the last one.

    Draft picks are overrated. Half of all first-rounders are busts. Odds are very slim of getting another McFadden-type playmaker in round 1 or 2. Can it happen, sure. But the odds are not in your favor.

  • ghostraiders

    The Raiders cut hagan.. for this old piece of crap.. big mouth. . Bigger mistake will be the division between.. houshe.. Palmer and hue.. with the rest of the wrs

  • djohnnyg

    The problem I have is, you don’t rest McFadden, if he’s at all close to ready with the thought you need him for the BIG game against SD. What if by saving him you lose to Denver? It’s gonna be tough enuff to beat SD “WITH” McFadden.

    McFadden is arguably our best player. To say we don’t deserve the playoffs anyway if we can’t win w/o our best player is like saying Pitt. doesn’t deserve to go cuz they lost Big Ben, or the Pats don’t deserve it cuz they didn’t win a game without Brady.

    It may be a stretch to compare losing DMAC with losing those guys but if DMAC is our best player…

  • djohnnyg

    Guys saying “save DMAC for the playoff run” have to consider that if we lose to Denver and SD, there won’t be no playoff run.

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  • 901R8DR

    Waiving Hagan is a mistake. He’s proven he can make plays when given the chance. We seemed to be forcing the ball to DHB. Defenses will pick up on that and start jumping his routes. We need DMAC but if he needs another week,we should beat he donkeys with an overdose of bush and jones. We need to get Boss more involved in the offense with underneath routes.
    Hue is banking a lot on his past connections and I hope it works. We can still make the playoffs but we got to start getting more consistent and stable with the line up. Murphy,Moore and Ford can make plays as well. Give them the opportunity

  • 901R8DR

    Waiving Hagan is a mistake. He’s proven he can make plays when given the chance. We seemed to be forcing the ball to DHB. Defenses will pick up on that and start jumping his routes. We need DMAC but if he needs another week,we should beat he donkeys with an overdose of bush and t jones

  • RaiderSam

    MistaBrown Says:
    November 2nd, 2011 at 10:53 am
    Keeping Chaz and dropping Hagan is a STUPID ass move! Chaz has been injured his entire life!

    ============

    I think the thinking was, Chaz has same size, more speed, more upside and the Raiders drafted him…I honestly think Hagan was a camp body, got hot, and was a better blocker than people thought. I agree – and i dont know if they werent ready to pull the plug on Louis Murphy. Chaz has scored in some clutch games (v Texans, last year in finale against Chiefs). I agree, Hagan got a raw deal, but its not like he’s Calvin Johnson. The problem is will Houshmanzadeh run his mouth, alienate some of the younger players? If he backs up his smack, great. There are guys that are just like that – maybe it will challenge the younger players to step there game up.

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  • RaiderSam

    keeping McFadden out for the Charger game next Thursday night.