The Last Word

An AFC West showdown between the two teams at the top of the standings, which has been known for its heated rivalry apparently, is not enough fill Network Associates Coliseum. A Raiders official said, "It's not close" with regards to declaring a sellout by Thursday's 1:05 p.m. deadline.

Game Notes

San Diego games in Oakland have been blacked out for the past five years. This marks the 42nd time in 58 games since returning to Oakland, a Raiders home game won't sell out.

Head Coach Marty Schottenheimer has an all-time record of 19-5 against the Raiders. Marty Ball has proven to be valuable commodity in its emphasis on ball control and winning the turnover battle. It's a proven formula against every NFL team, not just the Raiders. The Chargers learned over the last two weeks just how difficult it is to win when they get away from that formula. By sticking to it this week, they stand a good chance of keeping their grasp on first place in the AFC West. It's much easier to deal with crowd noise when you are running the ball as opposed to passing it or trying to come back from a big deficit.

Charger Notes

Linebacker Junior Seau (foot), defensive end Marcellus Wiley (abdomen) and tight ends Stephen Alexander (foot) and Josh Norman (calf) did not practice Friday. Coach Marty Schottenheimer said Norman is out tomorrow and Alexander likely won't play. Seau and Wiley will be game-time decisions, although there appears to be a good chance neither will play. FS Rogers Beckett (chest), WR/KR Tamarick Vanover (bruised thigh), CB Ryan McNeil (knees), and Terrell Fletcher (ankle) are all listed as questionable. Expect at least McNeil to play.

"I'm looking forward to some clouds parting and the miracle coming through for me," said Wiley, who missed last week's game. "I'm sore and broken down to the last compound, but at the same time I'm looking forward to Sunday and maybe I can step on the grass and do something positive. That's what I'm banking on."

Raider Notes

Reserve cornerback Terrance Shaw hasn't played for San Diego since 1999 but feels as if he has a score to settle.

"It was personal. They tried to say I wasn't the same player," Shaw said. "I had knee surgeries, and I was hurting. Every time I wake up and my knee's hurting or something is hurting me, I've got San Diego on my mind.

"This game means a lot to me. They drafted me, and I thank them for that, but it's time to ball."

Clarence Love suffered a leg injury in Thursday's practice which could have been the reason for the quick upgrade of Charles Woodsen to probable for Sunday. Love's status is questionable, but if he is unable to play, the Raiders would have only one reserve corner, Terrance Shaw. The remaining reserves in the secondary are safeties Anthony Dorsett and Eric Johnson, although Johnson has practiced at linebacker most of the season. "There are a lot of extenuating circumstances right now," Callahan said. "Right now, as you look at the secondary, there are a lot of different scenarios we are going through. I don't want to announce what we're doing back there in terms of our strategy."

Woodson did not practice Friday. Callahan said because Woodson played last year without practicing due to a toe injury, he would be more capable of doing so this year while sidelined with a shoulder injury. "It's a game-time situation for us," Callahan said.

Left tackle Barry Sims was held out of Friday's practice. Sims has a turf toe injury and was being fitted for new devices that could improve his status for the game. "Once they fit him and he works on it a little bit, I will have a little better idea how he responds," Callahan said. "There is definite concern there." If Sims can't play, he will be replaced by rookie Langston Walker. Walker filled in for right tackle Lincoln Kennedy two weeks ago when Kennedy was sidelined by a head injury. "We practiced him the entirety of training camp on that side," Callahan said. "We have always flipped him during the course of practice. We have always made sure he was going to be the rotation tackle on both sides."

Other Raiders not practicing were running backs Tyrone Wheatley (hamstring) and Randy Jordan (groin). Rod Woodson (bruised knee) is probable. Guard Mo Collins practiced and is hopeful to play a few series on Sunday.

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