The Raiders still either don't know or aren't saying what steps are being taken to account for the absence from the lineup of injured free safety Rod Woodson and wide receiver Jerry Porter.
Woodson is out
indefinitely after having knee surgery Tuesday. As for a replacement, all
evidence points to the fact it will be either backup safety Anthony Dorsett or
starting cornerback Terrance Shaw.
Dorsett is also injured
(ankle) and is questionable. He did not practice Wednesday and expected to be
held out Thursday as well. Shaw said he spent the entire Wednesday practice at
That sent Phillip Buchanon to the right cornerback spot
and rookie Nnamdi Asomugha to nickel back -- although he may play outside at
corner in the nickel.
At wide receiver, the Raiders aren't
letting any cats out of the bag as to how they will deal with the loss of
Porter, who is now awaiting hernia surgery. The injury was originally diagnosed
as an abdominal/groin strain.
All coach Bill Callahan would say
was that the team could go from a three receiver starting lineup to a two-back
or a two-tight end alignment. The two back lineup would almost have to be the
team's "rocket back" setup with Tyrone Wheatley joining Charlie Garner in the
backfield. That is because No. 1 fullback Chris Hetherington is out with a
The second tight end would be rookie Teyo Johnson.
-- Wide receiver Jerry Porter is now out. His
abdominal/groin injury was diagnosed as a hernia and he will undergo surgery.
-- Safety Anthony Dorsett (ankle), the likely replacement for
Woodson, did not practice again Thursday. His status remains
-- Starting RCB Terrance Shaw has been practicing at
safety in the event Dorsett cannot make the start.
back Phillip Buchanon, recently recovered from a hamstring pull, would start at
right corner if Shaw goes to safety.
-- Rookie cornerback Nnamdi
Asomugha, inactive at Tennessee due to a lingering shoulder injury, is now
expected to play as the nickel back.
-- No. 1 fullback, Chris
Hetherington, is out for the game with a hamstring pull.
Starting left guard Frank Middleton (knee) returned to practice Thursday.
Although he was listed as questionable by the club, he insisted there was
nothing wrong with him.
-- Starting right guard Mo Collins
(knee) also returned to practice Thursday. Like Middleton, he said he was fine
despite the club's listing him as questionable.
Rich Gannon reported that the left knee that he injured in the fourth quarter at
Tennessee, was causing him no problems.
-- Defensive end Sam Williams (knee) was upgraded from out to questionable.
Linebacker Bill Romanowski (concussion) was upgraded from questionable to
-- RB Charlie Garner's 112-yard receiving game against
Tennessee was the first 100-yard receiving day of his career.
LB Bill Romanowski has played in 241 straight regular season games.
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