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September 4, 2007
Cruel twist for Ekejiuba, but he sticks

ALAMEDA - Isaiah Ekejiuba is ticked off right now.

He sat in the Raiders' locker room today with a walking boot on his right foot, the result of what he said was a dirty play by a Seattle Seahawk in Thursday's exhibition game.

Ekejiuba is out three to six weeks with a cracked bone in his heel, which he said happened when a Seahawk grabbed his foot from behind and twisted on a play away from the ball.

Ekejiuba did enough at linebacker and on special teams to warrant still being kept on the active roster. But the injury left him nervous on cut-down day Saturday, not knowing what the Raiders would do with him.

But in lighter news, Ekejiuba is happy about the option that allows players on the "Madden 08" video game to edit a player's skills.

Ekejiuba has an overall rating of 55 out of 99, tied for the worst on the game.

What is he now?

"About an 85," Ekejiuba said with a laugh.

It's one of the few football things he can laugh about right now.

• Mike Williams is out to prove Matt Millen isn't a dumb general manager.

Those labels come when you draft a wide receiver in the first round three years in a row, with Williams being the third in 2005.

In Williams' first game with the Raiders on Sunday, he faces his old team, Detroit.

"My goals remain the same, which is to prove Matt Millen was correct when he picked me No. 10," Williams said. "That's what I'll do. That would be the same goal if I was still in Detroit."

If Williams can prove Millen right, he'll make a lot of skeptics look bad.

• Still no starting quarterback. Still no starting center. The quarterbacks know who the starter is but aren't telling.

Lane Kiffin said he might announce his decision tomorrow. I'll be shocked if he does.

- Jason Jones

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