A day after the game, coach Norv Turner only went so far as to confirm the same diagnosis he made in the moments immediately following the game.
"Randy has bruised ribs, very sore ribs," he said. "He has a groin
strain and the MRI showed a bone bruise in the pelvic area. He's very
sore today. We'll see how quickly the soreness leaves. He's be listed
(on the injury
report) on Wednesday."
Tests revealed there were no tears involved. Moss will remain in
Oakland with the club while he rehabilitates.
"The thing right now is he will lay down and get off his feet and
rest," Turner said.
The coach added that to his knowledge this was not a reoccurrence of
an earlier injury. Moss was sidelined a year ago with a hamstring
"This is different," Turner said. "The way he got kneed and then the
way the two defenders there landed on him."
Turner would not speculate either pro or con on whether Moss might be
held out this week or could play.
"I wouldn't even start to talk about it until late in the week,"
Turner said. "We'll see where he's at."
Asked if he was declining to give a status report on Moss, Turner
said "Wednesday is the day that the status is listed. I'm not
Moss was injured while going up for a pass between two San Diego
defenders. He was knocked into the air and came down awkwardly on his
hip. He attempted to come back a series later, but only lasted two snaps
before retiring for the day.
--LaMont Jordan isn't asking for the moon for himself, but he thinks
the solution to the Raiders' problems lies in trusting the running game,
being patient and sticking with it.
"Put the offense on my shoulders and let's go from there," Jordan
said a day after rushing 12 times for 36 yards in a 27-14 loss to San
"I have said it before, 23 to 26 carries and I've gotten the job
done. And if you look at our record, 1-4, (in) our one victory (he had)
26 (carries), 126 (yards).
"To win games in the NFL you have to run the ball. I can't think of
one team that's won that didn't have a run game. You look at one of the
more boring Super Bowl games in history, which I think is the Ravens and
Giants, and they were able to run the ball. Look at Tampa Bay, when they
won, they were able to run the ball."
--Jerrod Cooper put a lick on San Diego punt returner Eric Parker
Sunday that was one of the few highlights for Oakland on an otherwise
Cooper, a special teams standout in Carolina before joining the
Raiders, said the hit may have looked good and may have gotten a few
cheers during film study, but that otherwise it was forgotten.
"I don't even remember because we lost," he said. "No one even cares
if you lose."
Cooper's hit came just as Parker touched Shane Lechler's 55-yard
punt. A fraction of a second sooner and it would have been a penalty for
interfering with the returner.
"I don't ever worry about that," Cooper said. "I don't play and
worry. I hit and ask questions later. If I get a fine, I get a fine.
That's just how it goes. People that play too cautious nowadays aren't
playing football. Stuff is going to happen."
PLAYER PERSONNEL NOTES
--For the second straight game, QB Kerry Collins did not throw a
--C Jake Grove (knee) ran Monday and is expected to rejoin practice
Wednesday. If he can play against Buffalo, he will have only missed a
game and a half after suffering cartilage damage and undergoing
--LB DeLawrence Grant sprained an ankle in Sunday's game and will be
scrutinized closely this week to determine his playing status.
--WR Alvis Whitted caught four passes, the most he has ever caught in
a game for the Raiders.
--WR Randal Williams' first two catches of his Raiders career were
good for 21 and 18 yards, but he saw limited action after cramping up
during the game.
STRATEGY AND PERSONNEL
REPORT CARD VS. CHARGERS
PASSING OFFENSE: D -- Disregard the 292 yards passing. This was far
and away Oakland's worst air show of the year. Kerry Collins only threw
one interception, but if the Chargers defense had better hands, there
would have been three more. The line gave up four sacks. Doug Gabriel
produced five catches after Randy Moss left with an injury, but Moss was
missed. Raiders receivers dropped four passes. No passing touchdowns. A
RUSHING OFFENSE: D -- Long gain of the day was 7 yards by LaMont
Jordan, who finished with 36 yards on 12 carries. Jordan's six
receptions for 58 yards were essentially running plays, but the sad
truth is that the running game was just plain impotent. The only reason
it's not an F is because Jordan did score two rushing touchdowns.
PASS DEFENSE: D plus -- Danny Clark and Renaldo Hill got beat for
touchdown passes. Against Oakland, Drew Brees continues to rack up
100-point performances on the NFL pass rating scale (111.2 this time).
Chargers halfback LaDainian Tomlinson even threw for a score. Increased
blitzing produced no sacks, but Derrick Burgess did have two while
playing left end so he could get a match-up against a sub. That gives
him five for the year
-- one more than last year's high mark of four.
RUSH DEFENSE: D -- LaDainian Tomlinson doesn't need the Raiders help
him get to the Hall of Fame, but it couldn't hurt. In the first half, he
killed the Raiders purportedly improved run defense, scoring three
touchdowns and rushing for 97 yards. The Raiders shut him down in the
second half with 12 carries for 43 yards, but the damage was already
SPECIAL TEAMS: B plus -- Shane Lechler dropped three punts inside the
20 and averaged 47 yards. Jerrod Cooper nearly tore Eric Parker's head
off on a punt return San Diego recovered anyway. The Raiders were never
close enough to try a field goal. Coverage on the opening kickoff, which
came back 60 yards, broke down.
COACHING: D -- It couldn't have been very inspiring for the Raiders
to watch while their coach decided matters were so impossible he didn't
use all his timeouts before halftime to make one last stab at some kind
of score. Not a great message. Players insisted they were to blame for
this one, not the coaches. Whatever. In fact, nothing worked. Anywhere.
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