Darrius Heyward-Bey and Louis Murphy Being Questionable for Sunday is Bad News

The Oakland Raiders were already facing a tough game against the Houston Texans on Sunday, and things could get worse. In Friday's injury report, both Darrius Heyward-Bey and Louis Murphy were listed as questionable for the game against the Texans.

Coach Tom Cable downplayed the the status saying he thought that both players would be "all right" for Sunday. That is what a coach is supposed to say, but it makes you wonder. If there was no concern, they would be listed as probable, there must be a reason that he chose questionable.

If either Heyward-Bey or Murphy were to be out this week, it would highlight the Raiders' serious lack of depth at the wide receiver position. With Yamon Figurs no longer on the team, Johnny Lee-Higgins is the only other Raiders wide receiver with a reception this season.

The Raiders have young talent in Jacoby Ford and Nick Miller but neither has seen much time or made any plays in the passing game this season.

Jacoby Ford did have an impressive showing at kick return against the Arizona Cardinals last week. If he can translate that success to the passing game, it would help solidifying the depth at the wide receiver position. Chaz Schilens coming back will also be a big help, but who knows when that will be.

Schilens missed eight games last season and the Raiders have been all but silent on his status this year. Vittorio Tafur of the San Francisco Chronicle has predicted that he will be back in Week 7 and come off the bench. But as we all know, the chances of the media accurately predicting what the Raiders will do are slim to none.

Even if both Heyward-Bey and Murphy are able to play on Sunday, they obviously will not be 100 percent. The Oakland Raiders are thin at the wide receiver position even with Heyward-Bey and Murphy healthy.

The Raiders will enter their second home game of the season with both starting wide receivers playing injured, and without a...

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