Monday, September 12, 2011
Pre-game notes from Denver
By Bill Williamson
DENVER – I wanted to get the inactive information up as soon as possible.
Now, it’s time to riff on that Derek Hagan is inactive. I didn’t expect it.
The word around the press box is that Hagan is not injured, or at least, he wasn’t injured enough not to finish the practice week. If he is a healthy scratch, you have to wonder why. He was one of the teams most reliable receivers.
Thus, the pressure is going to be on Jacoby Ford, Darrius Heyward-Bey, Denarius Moore and Chaz Schilens on Monday night. These youngsters all have to perform. The Raiders have yet to announce their starting receivers. There was a thought amongst Bay Area reporters that Hagan would start. Now, he’s not even playing.
As expected, Brandon Myers will start for Kevin Boss at tight end for the Raiders. Boss has been out for three weeks with a knee issue. Myers is a fine blocker, but he is limited in the passing game.
The Raiders are still not ready to play guard Bruce Campbell. He is inactive.
Derrick Harvey is inactive for Denver. The Broncos hoped he’d come in and help against the run. But he is clearly not ready to help in a game where the Broncos will be challenged to stop the run.
ESPN’s Ed Werder is reporting Denver reserve quarterback Tim Tebow is not expected to play in any packages Monday at this point, of course, things can always change during the course of the game.