Oakland Raiders Injury Updates: DHB on Track Play

DENVER, CO - SEPTEMBER 12: Wide reciever Darrius Heyward-Bey #85 of the Oakland Raiders makes an 18 yard reception for a first down as strong safety Brian Dawkins #20 of the Denver Broncos makes the tackle at Sports Authority Field at Mile High on September 12, 2011 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)

The Oakland Raiders receiver corp is limping back to full strength, but it may be getting weaker in the process. The hyphened one was full go at practice on Thursday, which would suggest he is a lock to play. His return to the field will likely take Chaz Schilens or Derek Hagan out of the game.

DHB showed promise in the Broncos game, but the Jets secondary is a different beast. DHB will likely be lined up against Darrelle Revis or Antonio Cromartie on all of his routes. He is going to have a hard time getting separation on either of these guys and that is going to put a premium on using his body to wall off the defender to make a catch. That is not his strong suit. 

Hagan and Schilens are light years ahead of DHB in this regard. On the plus side, DHB's physicality will be a welcomed addition. The Raiders are going to need all the blocking they can get to help get the run game going, and if he does manage to haul in a catch those corners are going to have a hard time bringing him down.

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