Titans-Raiders notebook

The Oakland Raiders depth at cornerback started bad before Sunday's 40-35 win over the Tennessee Titans and got worse when the game started.

Cornerback Charles Woodson sat out the game with a bone contusion on his right knee. Woodson was on the injury report but still practiced throughout the week. The team said that Woodson woke up Sunday and felt that he could not play.

Fellow cornerback Phillip Buchanon bruised his tailbone in the second quarter after a nullified interception. After which time the cornerback tandem became Nnamdi Asomugha and Denard Walker. Asomugha started in Woodson's place. The Oakland Raiders have two games remaining and after the game head coach Norv Turner did not know if the injury would preclude Buchanon from playing those games.

The Raiders might have had a hard time slowing down even if Woodson and Buchanon were at full strength. It bears mentioning; however, that Tennessee quarterback Billy Volek threw fir a franchise record 491 yards. Wide receivers Drew Bennett and Derek Mason each surpassed the 100-yard mark in receiving.

Sapp produces something

The Raiders shelled out big bucks for defensive tackle Warren Sapp from Tampa Bay. Sapp, however, has been more like Claude Reins in 2004 but produced a couple of key plays Sunday.

Sapp recovered a fumble and a quarterback sack. Entering Sunday, Sapp, who celebrated his 32nd birthday, had just 0.5 sacks.

Granted, Sapp has not had an easy time adjusting from being a 4-3 tackle throughout his career to being a 3-4. Nonetheless, Sapp's performance has not been what Oakland envisioned. Sapp's third quarterback fumble recovery set up a Jerry Porter touchdown.

Teyo rises up

For most of the first half of the season, second-year tight end Teyo Johnson was chained to the inactive list. Johnson, however, had his best game of the season Sunday. Johnson caught an 18-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Kerry Collins in the first quarter. Johnson caught three passes for 49 yards.

"They covered the original play very well," Collins said of the touchdown pass. "I had a little time and Teyo gained depth in the end zone and got behind the coverage. He didn't play a lot early in the season for whatever reason. He's come on late. I think he wants to contribute."

Johnson also recovered an onside kick with 1:21 left in the game with the Raiders leading 38-35. Johnson leaped high in the air to grab the ball. He held on despite getting hit.

"There was a free hit on me," Johnson said.

Sideline slants


The Raiders surpassed their 2003 win total of four by recording their fifth win of the season.


Oakland scored its first touchdown of the season in the third quarter.


Former Raiders quarterback Steve Beuerlein was the color commentator of Sunday's game for CBS.


Raider inactive players for Sunday were CB Charles Woodson, WR John Stone, OG Ron Stone, TE Roland Williams, TE Courtney Anderson, RB Tyrone Wheatley and LB DeLawrence Grant.

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

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