Monday, September 3, 2012
Raiders' receivers still banged up
By Bill Williamson
With the season opener a week away, the Oakland Raiders are still without two of their top three receivers.
The San Francisco Chronicle reported that starter Denarius Moore (hamstring) and No. 3 receiver Jacoby Ford (foot) were not practicing Monday. They’ve both been out for several weeks. Oakland coach Dennis Allen recently said he thought both players would return soon. Perhaps they will be back later the week. Oakland opens the season on ESPN’s “Monday Night Football” on Sept. 10.
If Moore and Ford can’t play next week, Darrius Heyward-Bey would likely start with undrafted rookie Rod Streater. Starting center Stefen Wisniewski did return to practice Monday after missing several weeks. He should be able to play Monday. Wisniewski is making the transition from guard to center this season.
In other AFC West news:
- Kansas City linebacker Derrick Johnson (ankle) did not practice Monday and cornerback Brandon Flowers (foot) was limited. The team still has hopes they can play Sunday against Atlanta.
- Cornerback Drayton Florence, cut by the Broncos on Friday, has agreed to terms with Detroit. I thought San Diego could be interested in the former Charger. It has a need at the position and it was interested in Florence prior to his going in Denver earlier this year.
- The Kansas City Star reported the Chiefs cut seventh-round pick Junior Hemingway from the practice squad and added offensive lineman Rich Ranglin.