Raiders offense limited by experience

Mike Williams is gone. Ronald Curry has a minor foot injury. Tim Dwight is still trying to learn the offense. With only one other experienced receiver on their roster, the Raiders head into Sunday's game against Houston wanting to pass the ball but with potentially limited resources.

That could pose a problem against the Texans, who are expected to follow the lead of Oakland's three previous opponents and stack the box to stop the Raiders' run game.

Even when entirely healthy Oakland's passing game has struggled. The Raiders are 28th out of 32 teams in throwing the ball, averaging only 167.7 yards a game. They've also struggled to get into the end zone in their last three games.

Coach Lane Kiffin announced a change in quarterbacks in an effort to spark the offense, but Josh McCown might not have a healthy complement of receivers to work with.

Williams was released earlier this week in order to make room for Dwight, who originally interested the Raiders as a kick returner. But Williams dropped several passes over the first seven games and had not made much of a positive impact on the offense.

How much help Dwight will be is debatable. He hasn't played since suffering a season-ending foot injury with the Jets early in 2006 and has only 188 career receptions. He's also trying to learn a new offense, which won't be easy.

Curry has been limited in practice all week but said he expects to play on Sunday.

That leaves Jerry Porter as the Raiders' only healthy viable threat with any kind of experience. Oakland also has rookie Johnnie Lee Higgins, but Higgins has caught just two passes all season.

The lack of depth at receiver could also mean more work for tight ends Zach Miller and John Madsen. The two have combined for 21 catches, 209 yards and one touchdown.


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