As he has been since the Raiders final preseason game five days ago, Turner was non-committal when asked about his starting lineup. While the 21 other starters have been penciled in for some time now, the situation at right guard has become downright mysterious.
Badger held the starting job when training camp opened and was in with the first-team offense through Oakland's first two preseason games. But as camp came to an end, Stone -- the three-time Pro Bowl acquired last year as a free agent -- found himself being worked in with the starters.
Turner has been asked daily about the battle and has hedged at every corner. Tuesday following a light practice, the head coach was just as evasive.
''We know what we're doing,'' Turner said. ''We'll just wait till game time.
Badger has been getting some work in practice as the team's backup long-snapper and there are concerns the Raiders might have to move him to left guard if the Langston Walker experiment there doesn't pan out.
Badger is the more agile of the two players and he is Oakland's most versatile linemen. Stone fits in better with what the Raiders want to do in terms of running the ball, but he also has a history of injuries and didn't endear himself to teammates last season when he essentially played his way out of a job.
Regardless, the Raiders won't deviate from their gameplan against the Patriots. A year after finishing with the worst rushing game in the entire NFL, Oakland will try to wear New England down with a steady dose of running back LaMont Jordan mixed in with a play-action passing game.
''There are just a number of things that you have to really watch out for,'' Patriots safety Rodney Harrison said. ''You can't take everything away. That's impossible to do. They're going to make their plays. Hopefully, we can minimize that.''