Woodson Placed on IR

The Raiders made it official and placed injured defensive back Charles Woodson on injured reserve Thursday. Now the question being asked is whether or not Woodson will play for Oakland ever again. Woodson, who has not played since suffering a broken right leg Oct. 23 during a 38-17 win over Buffalo, is the Raiders' franchise player and is making more than $10 million this season.

 Though he has been seeking a long-term deal to remain in Oakland, no talks between the two sides have taken place. That raises the distinct possibility that Raiders owner Al Davis will be willing to let Woodson hit the free agent market.

Davis, who has not spoken about Woodson's situation this year, would have to fork out close to $13 million if he were to keep the franchise tag on Woodson in 2006. Though the salary cap is expected to rise possibly $10 million, Oakland has so many other issues to deal with that shelling out a large chunk of that cap space to one player might be difficult and foolhardy to do.

Raiders head coach Norv Turner had held out hope that Woodson would play again this season but the four-time Pro Bowl cornerback has not healed as quickly as team officials predicted earlier this year. He only recently began jogging and has spent most of his time working out in the weight room at the team's headquarters in Alameda.

Meanwhile, center Jake Grove practiced on Thursday but was unable to finish his workout and is still questionable to play in the regular-season finale against the New York Giants on Saturday night.
Grove, who has battled knee problems most of the season, could still suit up but would not be in a starting role, according to Turner.

''He took part in part of practice,'' Turner said of Grove, the team's second-round draft pick last year. ''We'll see. He may be inactive. If he's inactive he won't play.''

Tight end Courtney Anderson (knee), running back LaMont Jordan (turf toe) and defensive lineman Grant Irons (hamstring) were all held out of practice Thursday.

Tight end James Adkisson was elevated from Oakland's practice squad to take Woodson's spot on the 53-man roster.

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