Both quarterbacks and their respective teams have struggled this season. Brunell has passed for 2,007 yards, 14 touchdowns and five interceptions but has been unable to translate into success for Washington, which enters the game against Oakland sporting a 5-4 record.
Likewise, Collins is enjoying solid individual success but the team-wide celebration has been kept to a minimum. While Collins is on pace to set career-highs in passing yards, touchdowns and attempts, the Raiders' 3-6 record has neutralized whatever positives Oakland has made.
Collins signed a three-year contract with the Raiders prior to the start of the 2004 season. The deal was worth a reported $16.82 million but has since be restructured and extended. Collins' deal now runs through 2009 and will jump from the veteran minimum of $765,000 in base pay this year to $6 million in '06 and then to $8.5 million in each of the three subsequent seasons after that.
Before Collins signed with Oakland, however, there were rumors that Raiders owner Al Davis was interested in potentially acquiring Brunell. Nothing ever came to pass, however, and Brunell eventually signed a seven-year, $43 million deal with the Redskins.
Talking on a conference call with reporters earlier this week, before his Redskins play the Raiders, Brunell said he would have been intrigued by Oakland had the team been interested in him.
''I don't remember there being any real interest,'' Brunell said. ''Maybe there was a conversation or two but I don't recall any real interest. Certainly it would have been something I would have thought real hard about, being from California. But nothing materialized and it is what it is.''
Raiders coach Norv Turner couldn't recall Oakland's interest level in Brunell but said it had not reached a serious stage.
''I don't remember the time line,'' Turner said. ''I do know that we talked about a lot of people.''
* Injured cornerback Charles Woodson is no longer wearing a protective boot on his broken right leg but won't be back on the field any time soon. Woodson has been rehabilitating at the Raiders facility since suffering a fractured fibula Oct. 23 but has yet to resume any on-field activities.
''Charles has been in early in the morning, rehabbing and all that and he's in good spirits,'' Turner said. ''The pain's gone. But how you speculate when he'd be ready, I don't know how you'd do that. He's lifting (weights) on his upper body and doing just the normal rehab stuff, but he's not doing it all.''
* Turner said the Raiders don't have interest at this time in signing free agent safety Marques Anderson, who was recently released by the Denver Broncos. Anderson spent 2004 with Oakland and was listed atop the team's depth chart this year before getting released in training camp and eventually signing with Denver. ''Right now we're in good shape (in the secondary),'' Turner said.
* Jake Grove will likely be back in the starting lineup at center this week but the Raiders are still having him take reps at left guard in practice just in case Brad Badger's troublesome knee acts up.
* Longsnapper Adam Treu (knee), running back Omar Easy (knee) and defensive end Bobby Hamilton (ankle) did not take part in the entire practice Thursday. Wide receiver Randy Moss and safety Ronaldo Hill, both of whom sat out parts of Wednesday's practice, were not held out of any drills.