Wiz played rookie season with torn labrum


An impressive rookie season guard-turned-center Stefen Wisniewski has gotten even more impressive considering the circumstances.

Although Wisniewski played every game and didn’t turn up on an injury report for a shoulder injury, it turns out he was playing with a torn labrum incurred during training camp.

It’s all a bit mysterious, with Wisniewski a willing contributor. Asked which shoulder was injured, Wisniewski said, “I’ll leave it up to your imagination.’’

Following the season, Wisniewski had what coach Dennis Allen termed a “procedure,’’ although the surgery was major enough that he won’t line up at center and get any action until the Raiders report for training camp in Napa on July 29.

“It’s getting a little boring just standing around and watching,’’ Wisniewski said. “I’m getting a lot of mental reps, but I’ve got to get healthy first. It looks like I’ll be more than good to go by camp.’’

Wisniewski was originally drafted to play center, with the Raiders opting to move him to left guard in order to get Samson Satele on the field. He started at center in place of Satele in a Thursday night win over San Diego, and is looking forward to the position switch.

“It’s nice to kind of be the boss of the O-line in there, making calls,’’ Wisniewski said. “You get to be in charge, which is nice. It’s a good position. You’ve got to be athletic, you’ve got to be smart, you’ve got to be tough. I like it a lot.’’

Wisniewski feels the switch to a zone blocking system fits in with the skill set of the linemen.

“You’ve got to be able to move,’’ Wisniewski said. “If you look at our O-line, that’s one thing we can do across the board. We can move, we can run, we’re athletic. I think it’s going to work for us, especially with the speed we’ve got at running back.’’


Jerry McDonald - NFL Writer

  • Celtics cold as ice. They are about as accurate as Kyle Boller tonight.

  • Raiders for life

    lol sounds like Huff is a ODB too!!
    he just scored points in my book!!


    LOL, the older I get the more my standards drop.


    guess that’s correct O
    lmfao .., but then again I am high as a kite in a tornado.!!!

  • Raidernationdave

    I’m outta tree.


    R8ER MIKE Says:
    June 7th, 2012 at 5:52 pm

    Oh yeah. Good evening Nation!!!

    Hope your beers are cold & your buds are green!!!

    PMPP in control!!!!

  • Raidernationdave

    Kyle Boller bad is really, really bad!


    Albert Bigelow Paine Says:
    June 7th, 2012 at 7:32 pm

    Celtics cold as ice. They are about as accurate as Kyle Boller tonight.

  • This is hilarious. Mrs. Doubtfire turned into a horror movie.


  • Raidernationdave

    Kyle Boller couldn’t hit land if he jumped out of a plane.

  • RaiderRetribution

    Raiders 9 to 10 men deep on the DLine; someone’s gotta get traded.

  • Game over.


    RFL. welcome to my world!! kinda feel sorry for ya lol lol lol
    But the older ya get the better it gets.


    Dave?? wtf?? Did they quit growing in your neck of the woods???
    plenty of trees here. What time will you be here sir??

  • RAIDERNATIONSTATION http://www.raidernationstation.com/

    “With a young and talented core of receivers Oakland is set to open up its passing game but first they’ll have to solidify a roster thats…”

    06-07-12 1:10 am pac

    Not since the heady days of Tim Brown and Jerry Rice have the Raiders had so much talent at the receiving position or, more precisely, potential talent.

    With Carson Palmer the best QB since the heady days of perennial Pro Bowl and League MVP Rich Gannon, Oakland is at least poised to compete in a Division that has the potential to post three 4,000 yd passers and that is due in part to the Raiders apparent depth at the WR corps.

    Darrius Heyward Bey 6-2, 210 lbs

    Bey has yet to live up to his lofty draft status (if its any consolation, neither has his draft nemesis Michael Crabtree) but quietly put together a very solid season in 2011.

    If the hard working speedster can start to consistently catch some of those deep strikes he was drafted for, the surprise emergence of his short yards, move the chains, possession game could make some of his detractors do an about face.

    Bey’s recent DUI is an annoyance and its hoped not an indicator that his work ethic has slipped.

    The new regime will likely be less tolerant of the pre season mystery illnesses and “toothaches” hes suffered in the past.

    Is 2012 a defining year for Bey? As an X Wide Receiver, yes. Yes it is.

    Denarius Moore 6-0, 195 lbs

    After a spectacular rookie season were he emerged as Oaklands true deep threat, Moore is poised to show last year was no fluke. Excellent patterns, veteran instincts and great hands mean good news for Bey and other Raider Wide Outs when Defenses begin to roll coverage his way.

    Moore is injured right now with a hamstring. Team doctors have decided should rest.

    Jacoby Ford 5-9, 185 lbs

    Bizarrely, some advocated trading the Clemson track star this off season which just goes to show how short peoples attention spans can be and how some don’t-know-what-they-don’t-know.

    Ford has amazing hands and an ability to track and attack the ball in flight not seen in Silver and Black since the Legendary Fred Biletnikoff.

    Add his tenacious will and exceptional kick return ability and Ford gives Oakland alot of bang for its buck.

    Louis Murphy 6-2, 200 lbs

    Murphy’s game is all mental. He has the skills and tenacity to excel as a possession receiver and contributes as a down field blocker but after taking some NFL sized hits and suffering injury hes yet to recover his former Florida Gator swagger.

    He knows hes got a lot to prove and some serious competition. He hears the talk and has an attitude about it.

    Good for him.

    Hes got the skills. He just needs to own it and catch every pass like its his last. Because if he doesn’t go all out and with all of this depth, soon enough, it will be.

    Juron Criner 6-3, 221 lbs

    Doing nothing in camp but making breathtaking catch after catch.

    Taking full advantage of the extra reps vacated by his injured team mate, the former Arizona star is generating buzz like Denarius Moore did last year and we all know how that turned out.

    Hes the type of receiver QBs love because of his ability to extend and stab errant passes out of the air is truly amazing.

    Concerns about his plodding 40 time saw him slip to the Raiders late in the draft but he plays much faster on field and his clean routes and crisp breaks gain him separation.

    Speaking of separation, one or more of these young hopefuls will vie for a roster slot as well over the next few weeks.

    Duke Calhoun, Rod Streater and Eddie McGee drawing notable mention so far but Travionte Sessions, Derek Carrier, Brandon Carswell and Thomas Mayo are all nipping at their heels for their shot as a Raider.

  • Raidernationdave

    Yeah, plenty of tree here too but my connect at the dealership next to mine hasn’t called me back. WTF!

    Maybe I should move to NoCal.

    I’m a SoCal native……

    Will I be accepted?

  • Dave,

    Are you close to SD? I can help you out.


    Hell we welcome everybody in southern Maryland.
    if you like trees 10oz beers big women and sheep
    you will fit right in!! LOL LOL
    I am kidding …..you can get 12oz beers too!!

  • Fester

    Heydee do do ya’ll. Gonna be a good time to chow down with some Raidah football this year. See ya’ll in O’leens.

  • Raidernationdave

    I’m in the ‘Ville…..Victorville. Thanks for the offer.


    Raider O Says:
    June 7th, 2012 at 7:54 pm


    Are you close to SD? I can help you out.

  • Raidernationdave

    Sheep? Interesting. That could be an experience.


    R8ER MIKE Says:
    June 7th, 2012 at 7:56 pm

    Hell we welcome everybody in southern Maryland.
    if you like trees 10oz beers big women and sheep
    you will fit right in!! LOL LOL
    I am kidding …..you can get 12oz beers too!!

  • Raidernationdave

    I’m ashamed.

    As a potential member of the PMPP crew it’s embarrassing to say I’m outta tree.

    Please forgive me.


    lol Dave.
    Honest I was just trying to help it over the fence!!!!


    Its very early Friday morning so peace out NATION!!!
    party on brothers!!

  • Raidernationdave

    Rex Ryan just won’t STFU! OMG he is insufferable.