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September 24, 2009
Sunday's game blacked out, and other Thursday notes

Want to see the Raiders play for first place in the AFC West against the Denver Broncos on Sunday? Buy a ticket.

The game was not a sellout by Thursday's 1 p.m. deadline and thus, will be blacked out. It will be the seventh blackout in 26 home games since the Raiders took over ticket sales from the county's old Oakland Football Marketing Association in 2006. Prior to that, the Raiders had sold out just 25 of 88 regular season games since returning to the East Bay from Los Angeles in 1995.

Raiders coach Tom Cable was surprised when informed by reporters after practice that the game was not a sellout. No matter, he said.

"This is a team that's going to get better and better, and that'll take care of itself," Cable said. "People will be wanting to get in that stadium...this Sunday. And as we get better and improve, they'll be there. They'll be there."


Cable also ruled out of the game left guard Robert Gallery (broken left fibula), safety Hiram Eugene (lower right leg strain) and wide receivers Chaz Schilens and (broken left foot) and Nick Miller (broken right shin).


With Eugene out, former No. 7 overall pick Michael Huff and his team-leading three interceptions returns to the starting lineup at free safety. Huff had been the fifth DB in the Raiders' nickel defense packages.

"He'll just play more...but we'll have a plan in terms of backing it up in terms of Tyvon (Branch) and Mike Mitchell, perhaps John Bowie," Cable said. "So, we'll have a plan with more guys."

Huff was asked Wednesday if new defensive coordinator John Marshall brought a different scheme with him.

"It's been the same scheme since I've been here...single high," Huff said. "The scheme is pretty much the same. Marshall has more confidence in me to let me go out there to make plays and take charge. I think Cable did the same thing."


Cable also said punt returner/receiver Johnnie Lee Higgins (shoulder sprain) and running back Justin Fargas are on pace to play against the Broncos.

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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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