Wednesday, August 17, 2011
Injuries pile up for Oakland WRs
By Bill Williamson
The Oakland Raiders’ alarming rash of injuries at receiver is continuing.
Oakland coach Hue Jackson announced Wednesday night that starter Louis Murphy has had surgery and he will miss the season opener Sept. 12 at Denver on ESPN’s “Monday Night Football.” Jackson did not say what Murphy’s surgery was for and he didn’t say exactly how long Murphy will be out.
Murphy joins veterans Jacoby Ford (broken hand) and Chaz Schilens (knee) on the shelf. Jackson told reporters Wednesday Schilens is close to returning. During the weekend, the Raiders said he is “week-to-week.” Barring a setback, Ford should be able to play against Denver.
Still, Oakland is entirely thin at receiver right now. They are fortunate fifth-round pick Denarius Moore has been outstanding thus far. If Moore continues to play well in the preseason, he has a strong chance to play against the Broncos. Third-year pro Darrius Heyward-Bey will also likely get a chance to play often in the preseason.
Oakland’s receiver situation isn’t dire, but there are enough injuries going on that it has to make this team nervous. It certainly can’t afford many more injuries at the spot.
Also, Jackson said starting cornerback Chris Johnson had surgery on an undisclosed injury. Johnson is expected play against Denver. Third-round pick DeMarcus Van Dyke is expected to start Saturday at San Francisco. He struggled some in the opener. The extra playing time could do him well.