Asomugha: I will play in season-opener

Nnamdi Asomugha will wear a cast on his left wrist for the next six weeks but contrary to a published report, the Pro Bowl cornerback plans on playing in the Raiders' season-opener.

Asomugha met with a specialist on Monday after suffering a chip fracture in his left wrist. At that meeting, it was discovered that Asomugha also has cartilage damage in the wrist as well.

But shooting down a report on ESPN that said Asomugha was in jeopardy of missing the team's Sept. 14 game against San Diego, the Pro Bowl cornerback said emphatically he intends to play.

"If we played today it would be a big issue. I wouldn't even be able to go if it was today," Asomugha said Tuesday. "But it wouldn't be an issue afterward. I'll be fine for (San Diego). This isn't that bad."

Asomugha injured himself while trying to make a tackle New Orleans wide receiver Devery Henderson, who was running a reverse. Asomugha's left hand got kicked during the play and he left the field shortly after.

That set off concern Asomugha might not be available for the season-opener but the outlook is a lot more optimistic now.

"Based on what we were told, he should cast it and be able to prepare and be ready for the opener," head coach Tom Cable said, adding Asomugha shouldn't be limited in practice. "He'll be wanting to prepare for that the right way."

Asomugha didn't practice Tuesday and will sit out Thursday's preseason finale against Seattle. Chris Johnson and Stanford Routt will likely be the starting corners.

Although he expects to be ready for the season-opener, Asomugha is admittedly in a lot of pain now.

"It doesn't feel good," he said. "It's fractured and there's cartilage damage so it doesn't feel good."

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