Raiders Blog and Q&A

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September 30, 2009
Miller re-signed, other Wednesday notes

The Raiders have re-signed kick returner Justin Miller, who was among the final cuts when Oakland got down to its 53-man roster. To make room for Miller, the Raiders placed cornerback Sam Bowie on Injured Reserve.

Miller, who joined the Raiders after being claimed off waivers from the New York Jets last November, returned two kickoffs for touchdowns in 2008.

"I think it's a good opportunity for me to come back here," Miller said. "You know what you're getting into, you know the system."

The Raiders initially kept undrafted rookie Nick Miller out of camp to return kicks but he has not played since breaking his right shin before the season opener. The kickoff return game has suffered since, with Louis Rankin and Jonathan Holland averaging just 19.3 yards. Rankin, meanwhile, was claimed by Seattle and signed to the Seahawks' practice squad.


When receiver Chaz Schilens broke his left foot in training camp on Aug. 18, it was diagnosed as an injury that would keep him out of action for "four-to-six" weeks. Six-plus weeks later, Schilens is still trying to get on the field and active for a game.

He had a solo workout Monday and because he was still sore Wednesday, he was held out of practice.

"I think I said the other day '50-50,' you know, questionable," coach Tom Cable said of Schilens' prospects for playing at Houston on Sunday. "We're making good progress. We're not going to hurry it unless he comes through these things pain-free and all that."

In other words, don't hold your breath waiting for Schilens to suit up at Houston to give struggling JaMarcus Russell a trust-worthy target.


Cable, on if there were any "changes" in the Napa case: "None from me, no."

Cable, on if he had any comment on the assertion from Randy Hanson's lawyer that Hanson has been in contact with the defensive backs and helping them with a laptop computer, purportedly gleaned from the Raiders: "No. No. I have no comment about any of that."

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Matt Kawahara was born in Sacramento and attended McClatchy High School and UC Berkeley, where he wrote for the independent student paper The Daily Californian. He graduated from Cal in 2010 and started at The Sacramento Bee as a summer intern. He joined The Bee's sports staff in fall 2011.

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