Raiders' secondary ailing

Nnamdi Asomugha and Fabian Washington both were held out of practice Thursday, but the Raiders remain optimistic both will be able to play in Sunday's game against Chicago. Just in case, however, the team is making alternative plans.

Chris Carr, who has played primarily on special teams and has seen spot duty in nickel and dime situations, would likely inherit Asomugha‘s starting job on the right side opposite Stanford Routt. Routt played the right cornerback spot last week against Houston after Asomugha was hurt in the first half but is expected to stay at his normal position against the Bears.

If Washington can't go, the Raiders will also consider using fifth-year defensive back Chris Johnson. Johnson has been inactive the past three games and was playing mostly on special teams before that.

"We'd have to change a bunch of things up," Oakland coach Lane Kiffin said. "(Johnson) would be in there and we'd just step up whoever is next."

Asomugha's knee injury has prevented him from practicing this week but the Raiders don't consider the situation serious. An MRI test taken earlier this week revealed no significant damage and the team is hopeful he'll be on the field against the Bears.

Washington, too, is expected to play, although neither play did anything in practice on Thursday. Both walked out to the workouts after practice had began and spent the afternoon as spectators.

"There's always a concern when a guy is not practicing," Kiffin said. "But we think they're all going to practice tomorrow, so they'll all play."

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