By Steve Corkran
Sunday, November 27th, 2011 at 11:45 am in Oakland Raiders.
Wide receiver Darrius Heyward-Bey appears to have made a remarkable recovery from the neck injury and concussion he suffered a week ago against the Minnesota Vikings.
So much so that Heyward-Bey is warming up on the field before today’s game against the Chicago Bears. That’s not what many would have projected after seeing Heyward-Bey motionless on the turf at the Metrodome after being hit in the back of the head by linebacker E.J. Henderson.
Based on what has taken place during warm-ups, it appears as if Heyward-Bey is going to play today. Good thing for the Raiders because they already are without starter Jacoby Ford and likely will be without fellow starter Denarius Moore, too.
Moore has been out on the field, but he isn’t doing much, and it appears as if he is going to be among the seven players inactive today.
The Raiders enter today’s game with a one-game lead over the Denver Broncos in the AFC West. That makes the Raiders fans of the San Diego Chargers today, in hopes the Chargers beat the Broncos.
The Raiders could extend their lead to two games with five to play if they take care of business against the Bears and the Chargers beat the Broncos.
Still waiting for kicker Sebastian Janikowski to warm up today. He no longer is on the injury report, which signifies that he is at or near 100 percent after struggling through a left hamstring injury the past month or so.
In other news, fullback Marcel Reece and tight end David Ausberry are taking reps at wide receiver during warm-ups. That’s another sign that Moore won’t be active and that coach Hue Jackson will be forced to be creative when it comes to keeping his regular wide receivers fresh throughout the game.
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