Will he or won't he (play)

The Oakland Raiders are showing good lateral quickness when asked of cornerback Charles Woodson's status for Sunday's home game against the San Diego Chargers. Woodson, who broke a bone in his shoulder in the Raiders 30-17 win at Pittsburgh in Week 2, has been upgraded on the injury report from questionable to probable.

 

The Oakland Raiders are showing good lateral quickness when asked of cornerback Charles Woodson's status for Sunday's home game against the San Diego Chargers.

            Woodson, who broke a bone in his shoulder in the Raiders 30-17 win at Pittsburgh in Week 2, has been upgraded on the injury report from questionable to probable. The latter scenario means there is a 75 percent he will play but a couple of team sources indicated they would be surprised if Woodson plays.

Those sources added that Woodson has participated in individual drills but not teams sessions. Practices are closed to the media. On Wednesday, Raiders head coach Bill Callahan expressed doubt that Woodson would play but added there was an outside chance. Callahan said on Thursday that if Woodson is activated he could start and handle his regular workload.

"He's getting better," Callahan said. "He's making progress. As long as the shoulder's strong enough, he's conditioned enough. With all the coverage we play, man-to-man, we feel very positive we could put him on the field."

The Raiders do not necessarily need to rush Woodson back on the field since rookie Phillip Buchanon has filled in admirably.


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