Monday night the coverage teams were less than spectacular, but at least they remained relatively healthy. The return game came in a man down when Nick Miller came down with shin splints, that mysteriously developed into a broken right ankle. He will be out 4-6 weeks and it will be interesting to see if what the Raiders decide to do with him in regards to putting him on IR.
Also, Johnny Lee Higgins was rocked by Eric Weddle in the second half and didn’t return. He has a sprained AC joint in his shoulder. This is the same as a separated shoulder. There are varying degrees this injury, so the severity of the injury remains unknown. Typically, these heal on their own with rest and ice. I wouldn’t expect him to miss a lot of time unless the injury was severe, but he may miss at least one week.
Still, the Raiders may be in need of punt and or kick returner this week. With a healthy Fargas, Louis Rankin will be the 4th runningback and kick returner. Not exactly a great way to provide your team with depth elsewhere on gameday.
The Raiders may be on the hunt for a receiver that can return punts and kicks, being as they are down to just four healthy receivers including, gulp, Javon Walker and Todd Watkins.
Who is available?
Dexter Jackson, WR – This guy has Al Davis written all over him. He ran a 4.27 in the 40-yard-dash at the combine in 2007. Book it!
Dante Hall, WR – A proven return artist. His magic may be gone, but he can get the job done. Sometimes that is all you can hope for out of the guy.