Raider notebook

Asomugha and Tim Johnson see significant action

Defensive back Nnamdi Asomugha and linebacker Tim Johnson saw their most significant playing time in a 22-8 loss to the Denver Broncos Sunday.

Asomugha, one of two first-round draft picks, started at free safety and recorded four tackles. Johnson, who has played mostly special teams, played significantly at middle linebacker and tallied nine tackles. Napoleon Harris, who normally starts at that spot, played mostly on the outside.

"We felt that gave us our best option," Raiders head coach Bill Callahan said.

Run and no run

While Denver running back Clinton Portis punched holes in the Raiders defense for 170 yards on 34 carries, Oakland's recently resurgent running game was not consistent.

The Raiders rushed for 120 yards on 23 yards but that total was somewhat inflated by Tyrone Wheatley's runs of 41 and 25 yards.

Quick hits

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Raiders inactive players were RB J.R. Redmond, S Derrick Gibson, G/T Corey Hulsey, OT Chad Slaughter, DT Terdell Sands, DT Dana Stubblefield, and DT John Parrella. … The Broncos inactive players were S Chris Young, CB Ryan McNeil, T P.J. Alexander, T George Foster, G Steve Herndon, and DT Luis Alamanzar.

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The Raiders recorded their first safety since September 3, 2003, in a 9-6 win over the San Diego Chargers.

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Oakland is now assured of its first sub-.500 season since 1997, when it went 4-12.

Vince D'Adamo can be reached at vdad7@yahoo.com


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