DHB most likely of injured WRs to play


Subbing for Steve Corkran today . . .

Although Darrius Heyward-Bey and Denarius Moore were both listed as questionable to face Chicago, visual evidence suggests Heyward-Bey is the more likely of the two players to get on the field Sunday.

Heyward-Bey (neck) was limited in practice and was seen running and catching passes. Moore (foot) was on the field with his teammates, but didn’t practice his movements were restricted.

There is no mystery regarding Jacoby Ford. He’s already listed as “out” with his foot injury.

That means plenty of snaps for Chaz Schilens and Louis Murphy, the latter the Raiders leading wide receiver over the past two seasons with just one catch for 23 yards in 2011. David Ausberry, a former wide receiver at USC, said he knows about (75 to 80 percent) of the plays for wide receivers and would be ready of called upon to play outside.

More likely, the Raiders would simply use more sets involving both tight ends, Brandon Myers and Kevin Boss, as well as putting fullback Marcel Reece in positions to be a downfield receiver.

More Raiders news and notes:

— Doesn’t sound as if defensive coordinator Chuck Bresnahan is inclined to throw the house at Bears starting quarterback Caleb Hanie in terms of blitzes.

Hanie has thrown 14 regular season NFL passes, although he was 13-for-20 and impressive off the bench in last year’s NFC championship game against Green Bay.

“I worry more about what we do than what the opponent does, so when you get in a situation like this, you have back off and do a few things well rather than do too much,” Bresnahan said. “Let’s do our stuff well and make this young guy beat us.”

— Bresnahan said last week’s game plan for Christian Ponder included ways to keep the rookie quarterback in the pocket and that they simply weren’t executed.

“We had two missed assignments in pressure packages where we should have had an extra guy there,” Bresnahan said.

Hanie, effective on rollouts, will be an issue for the Raiders defense in terms of breaking outside.

— Coach Hue Jackson conceded that since Darren McFadden, out of the Chicago game with a mid-foot sprain, will miss his fourth straight game, it’s going to take awhile to get him up and running once he returns to the practice field.

“It’s hard to come back when you’ve been gone that long to just hit the ground running and expect him to be exactly what he was before he left,” Jackson said. “We’ll have a plan to take care of that. We just want him back, that’s the most important thing. I want to get the player back out here at practice at some point in time.”

Keeping in mind how McFadden played when less than 100 percent his first two seasons, it would be better to have him for three or four games full strength at the regular season than have him at less than his explosive best for five or six.

— Brian McCann, who looks to be the kickoff and punt return specialist against Chicago, alarmed Jackson with his ball security fundamentals against Minnesota. McCann had fumbling issues as a member of the Dallas Cowboys.

“When he was returning a kick and I saw the ball being (held) loose, I said, `Hey, buddy, do me a favor. Make sure you take care of that ball for me,’ ” Jackson said. “He was switching the ball in the game.”

— It would take a four-game suspension from commissioner Roger Goodell for Ndamukong Suh to miss the Raiders game on Dec. 18, fewer if there’s an appeal or a delay to the suspension.

NOTE: As one e-mailer pointed out and doubtless many more have realized, it’s a three-game suspension because Suh has already played this week.

Suh is almost certainly facing a big penalty for stomping on an opposing lineman and then giving an incomprehensible explanation in rationalizing it afterward.

“Yeah, I know he’s on the schedule,” Jackson said. “Are you kidding me? Can we make sure he doesn’t play against us?”

Jackson made it clear Suh wasn’t his player and it wasn’t his business, but did say, “As I’ve said before with our personal fouls, I just don’t think there’s a place in the league for things where people can potentially be hurt.”

He doesn’t expect to see a similar foul by anyone on his team.

“I don’t have that issue on this team, I don’t,” Jackson said. “We’ve come close, but we don’t have that issue. We’re not going to do that. There’s some lines we’re not going to cross here at the Raiders.”

— Bears returns specialist Devin Hester (shin) didn’t practice for the second straight day but is listed as probable.

— Richard Seymour (knee) practiced for the first time since the San Diego game, was limited, but should play in some role. The same cannot be said for defensive end Jarvis Moss, listed as out with a hamstring injury. Defensive end Lamarr Houston (knee) practiced for the second straight day and will likely face Chicago.

— Bears running back Matt Forte has 1,960 yards receiving since 2008, trailing only Ray Rice (2,044) among NFL backs during that span. He’ll be a big challenge for linebackers Aaron Curry, Rolando McClain and Kamerion Wimbley (on first down), as well as safeties Tyvon Branch, Michael Huff and Mike Mitchell, when called upon.

Hanie, as a young quarterback, will look to Forte often when in trouble.

“They tie the screen game into it, they tie checkdowns into it,” Bresnahan said. “He is a true weapon and they want to get the ball into his hands as many times as possible.”


Jerry McDonald - NFL Writer

  • lefty12

    Why are Raider fans rooting for Buffalo over the Jets.We beat the Jets and own the tie-breaker over them.Buffalo owns the tie-breaker over us.

  • PlunkforHOF

    How many hours is it in Calif. before we can file a missing persons report on Cork?

  • DonManoukiansNeighbor

    Activate Campbell and let him lead block for Bush.

  • Roch R

    The Corky one liners are good. Funny time killer until game time….

    tick tock

  • R8derdiehard

    48hrs plunk

  • qodrn

    Maybe we one of the 49er guys was supposed to cover the game and he forgot. Is there a blog this week?

  • DonManoukiansNeighbor

    Corks in the bottol. His wife left him again.

  • DonManoukiansNeighbor


  • Roch R

    Does Van Dyck get a pick today? His Mojo has been going, I could see him snagging one….

    And what about Giordano? Is this guy becoming a leader on this d? Good to see a blue collar like Giordano get his…he could be good for a pick today, maybe even a pick six.

    One theme I’d like to see from our d today, take-aways.

    Go Raiders/

  • PlunkforHOF

    First, lets check the jails and hospitals..

  • Roch R

    oops Van Dyke

  • lefty12

    Looks like DHB will play and Moore won’t.Ausberry is working with WRs not TEs.

  • raiderkoolaid

    I would like to see the bills get is back together before they play Den. and S.D.

  • HitManMorris

    I want in on the prediction board

    Raiders 37
    Bears 27

  • Roch R

    Ausberry will be a beast blocking downfield. And if he has the speed to get off the line, could be a funny “game of life” type of scenario

  • Roch R

    I want the Raiders to score in the 4th qtr

  • raidergo

    Nick Miller took a punt 88 yards to the house for st louis. good to see him find some success

  • BewareofRaiders

    Can Lito get a pick today as well…could’ve had 2 the past two games

  • PlunkforHOF

    Who is Hanies’ backup in case Wimbley knocks him out?

  • Roch R

    Ha Lito! The one that hit him in the hands against SD was a hilarious play.

    It was almost the play of the game if SD would have come back.

    But Lito looked like a deer in the headlights, the only thing I kept thinking is, that’s why Lito is a DB and not a WR.

  • Just Fire Baby

    What we really need to do is root for the Jags to beat the Texans.

    We have the tiebreaker over Houston, and that could potentially be the difference in the #3 or #4 seed.

    #3 seed is going to host probably either the Steelers or Ravens (whoever doesn’t win the division).

    #4 seed will host Bengals, Titans or maybe the Bills/Jets.

  • Just Fire Baby

    Whoops….meant the #4 seed hosts Steelers/Ravens and vice versa.

  • Roch R

    SPECIAL REPORT: William “The Refridgerator” Perry was signed to back up Hanie, Chicago media thinks its a bold strategic move by Luvie Smith.

  • autopalm77

    Short notice….Best information I could get…6 Raiders inactive for week 12…Campbell. Ford, Jones, McFadden, Moore and Moss…All 47 other Raiders are active….

  • Pretty Rick

    Raiders-34 Bears-16

    Let’s Go!

  • EMRaiders

    JFB, so we probably want the #4 seed? Since we almost beat the Bills, and we did the Jets.

    I think we can take the bengals, specially with Carson as QB, he will know every play they run. And the Titans would be a favorable game as well.

  • Roch R

    Yeah Rock Cartwright.

  • EMRaiders

    JFB – Ok, so switch it up for me too please, seed 3 vs 4.

  • PlunkforHOF

    Still alive on my moening parlay… Late picks:

    Raiders -5 1/2
    Raiders un 41 1/2
    Skins +4 1/2
    Pats -3 1/2
    Saints -6 1/2

  • Roch R

    Cartwright has a 40 yard screen pass to the 1 today, Bush finishes with a TD dive,….yeah we all know our man Rock is going to get caught from behind but not before the goal line, but it’s going to be a great play! Watch for it, HueJax dials it up!

  • PlunkforHOF

    * morning

  • DonManoukiansNeighbor

    I have noticed since Steve took this over fewer people post in here as well.

  • Roch R

    and Cartwright is WAY better than MBush in pass protection, watch for Palmer to be airing it out because Rock gives him the time.

  • Just Fire Baby

    Sorry for the curve ball EM……

    Moss a suprise inactive.

    And with no Taiwan, I would anticipate Reece getting a few more of those trap runs as well.

  • Just Fire Baby

    Speaking of people no longer posting in here, there is the Priest.

    Where he can tell us that Jarvis Moss is an elite pass-rusher, Ausberry will lead the team in TD receptions and Taiwan Jones is the next CJ2K.

    And that was just in the last few months, lol.

    I miss that guy.

  • Just Fire Baby

    Also can throw in that Terrell Pryor is better than Cam Newton.

  • DonManoukiansNeighbor

    Archive Terrell Owens’ agent, Drew Rosenhaus, said there is one team that is “very interested” in his client.


    However, that team is sensitive about being publicly mentioned and so Rosenhaus preferred not to identify it.

    Still, it continues to keep alive the notion that Owens could find work before the season is through.

    But the clock is running. Owens is coming off knee surgery in April and turns 38 years old on Dec. 7.

    He played 14 games for the Cincinnati Bengals last season, making 72 receptions and scoring nine touchdowns.

  • BewareofRaiders

    Texans down to their third string qb

  • TheToozFan55

    Don’t know if anyone else posted this, but Nick Miller ran a kickoff back for a TD. i guess he plays for the rams now. Today’s game going to be exciting! GO RAIDERS!!!!!!!

  • DonManoukiansNeighbor

    How can you not be a bad ass with a name like Rock Cartwright?

  • Raider2DaHeart

    What up Nation. Who has AT&T U-Verse ?? Why is the game not showing up at the 1:00 mark??? Please help this could ruin my day!!!

  • TheToozFan55

    And my prediction –

    Raiders – 17 (cuz WR’s injured)
    Bears – 10

  • Raider2DaHeart


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