Wednesday, November 9, 2011
Raiders, Chargers limp into game
By Bill Williamson
The Oakland Raiders and San Diego Chargers will not be healthy when they meet on a short week Thursday night in San Diego in a critical game between the two 4-4 teams.
Oakland coach Hue Jackson told reporters that running back Darren McFadden and cornerbacks Chris Johnson and DeMarcus Van Dyke will not play Thursday. McFadden, who will continue to be replaced by Michael Bush, has been expected to be out. He hasn’t played since early in Week 7 when he suffered a foot injury. The Raiders will try to get him ready for their next game, Nov. 20 at Minnesota.
Newly signed Lito Sheppard start at cornerback opposite Stanford Routt.
The Chargers will try to take advantage of the Raiders’ injuries, but they are banged up. Guard Kris Dielman is out and receiver Malcom Floyd and linebacker Shaun Philips are listed as doubtful. Running back Ryan Mathews is expected to play after missing Sunday’s loss to Green Bay with a groin injury.
The Raiders have several players who are questionable including defensive lineman Richard Seymour, safety Michael Huff, linebacker Rolando McClain, kicker Sebastian Janikowski and offensive linemen Samson Satele and Khalif Barnes.
This is a big game for both times that is tied for first place in the AFC West with Kansas City. The Chargers have lost three in a row and Oakland has lost two straight. Both teams will have to try to get on the right track despite being banged up.