Woodson, Adams hope to give spark in return

The Oakland Raiders are likely getting two key players to return for Sunday's cross-Bay matchup against San Francisco – and not a moment too soon. Cornerback Charles Woodson (shoulder) and defensive tackle Sam Adams (knee) lead the list of players listed as probable to return to action.

 

The Oakland Raiders are likely getting two key players to return for Sunday's cross-Bay matchup against San Francisco – and not a moment too soon.

            Cornerback Charles Woodson (shoulder) and defensive tackle Sam Adams (knee) lead the list of players listed as probable to return to action. Oakland hopes their return to action not only helps stop a three-game slide after a 4-0 start but helps slow down the 49er offense.

            Woodson, who has been out of action since the Raiders beat Pittsburgh 30-17, practiced Wednesday without any serious glitches. Oakland's secondary has struggled in his absence, especially the last four games, and is faced with the task of slowing down San Francisco wide receiver Terrell Owens and the 49ers mobile quarterback, Jeff Garcia.

            Adams missed Sunday's 20-10 loss at Kansas City but is expected to play. The Raiders need Adams' 330-pound frame in the middle to slow down a dangerous San Francisco ground game that ranks No. 5 in the NFL, featuring Kevan Barlow and Garrison Hearst. The Raiders are No. 9 against the run.

            Oakland signed Adams in August to help fellow free agent John Parrella shore up the Raiders leaky run defense. Adams played on the Baltimore Ravens Super Bowl winning team in 2000 that lost three straight games but eventually rebounded.

"We are a physical, aggressive football team by nature, but we haven't played together," Adams said. "We're going to have to go out and play for each other to get that fixed. We don't live together and you don't have to like the people you work with, but we have to be on the same page."


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