AFC West: Rashad Baker

Posted by's Bill Williamson

The Raiders surprisingly cut veteran fullback Lorenzo Neal. He signed with the team in the spring and he seemed like a perfect fit for Oakland's running game.

But Oren O'Neal, one of the more understated fullbacks in the league, is now healthy. His health made Neal, known as one of the best fullbacks of all-time, expendable. Neal was cut to make room for Rashad Baker, who returns to Oakland after being cut by Philadelphia.

In San Diego, Chargers star receiver Vincent Jackson will miss a short period of time with a finger injury.

The Raiders' offense bounced back some in the afternoon session against San Francisco after being dominated in the morning session. The two teams play Saturday night.

Posted by's Bill Williamson

The San Diego Charger's Web site is reporting that left tackle Marcus McNeill is recovering well from a neck surgery he had early in the offseason. McNeill is not expected to miss any time in training camp.

Former Denver long snapper Mike Leach was snatched up by Arizona. Leach is considered one of the better snappers in the league and is known for being a locker-room leader. In a surprise move, he was cut when new Denver coach Josh McDaniels signed New England snapper Lonie Paxson. McDaniels, of course, came from New England.

The San Diego Union Tribune reports that Chargers linebacker Matt Wilhelm was the victim of a blog fraud.

The Oakland Tribune predicts the free agency loss of safety Rashad Baker, who signed with Philadelphia, could hurt the Raiders.

Posted by's Bill Williamson

OAKLAND -- In addition to Javon Walker, there are other inactive players for Oakland.

Oakland's inactives: Receiver Todd Watkins, safety Rashad Baker, defensive end Kalimba Edwards, center John Wade, tackle Mario Henderson and third quarterback Marques Tuiasosopo. Edwards is injured.

Denver's inactives: Safety Calvin Lowry, running back Ryan Torain, linebacker Louis Green, tackle Erik Pears, center Tom Nalen, guard Dylan Gandy, defensive end Jarvis Moss and defensive tackle Josh Shaw.

The only surprise is Moss. He had no reported injury, making this is a surprising move. The 2007 first-round pick finished last season injured but Oakland was expecting a lot from him this year. Yet, Moss was unproductive in the preseason. If Moss was a healthy scratch for this game, it would not bode well for Moss on a defense that hungry for a pass rush.

Casey Wiegmann continues to start for Nalen, who is coming off a knee injury. Nalen may be back in the coming week.