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January 1, 2010
DHB's season over?

For those of you champing at the bit to get one last look at rookie Darrius Heyward-Bey this season to see if the No. 7 overall pick and first receiver drafted can add to his meager reception totals, keep waiting. It does not sound as if DHB is completely healed from his sprained left foot, purportedly suffered when a teammate stepped on it in practice on Dec. 4. Then there's the, ahem, rust factor.

Coach Tom Cable told reporters Friday morning the staff would evaluate a tape of DHB's limited practice and make a decision off that.

"If he was ready to go and...I think (he) would be valuable," then he'd play, Cable said. "But if he's not, it wouldn't be right to do it."

Officially, DHB is listed as questionable. His hands have been questioned by critics all season.

With nine catches, DHB ranks 27th...among rookies. His 124 yards receiving ranks 24th...among rookies. And his 13.8-yards per catch average ranks 12th...among rookies. He has not played since Thanksgiving Day in Dallas, where he caught his lone TD pass.


Running back Justin Fargas (knee) and offensive lineman Langston Walker (leg) did not practice and are listed as doubtful. Defensive end Greg Ellis (knee) practiced full and is questionable, as are safety Tyvon Branch (hip) and cornerback Chris Johnson (hamstring). Defensive tackle Gerard Warren (shoulder) practiced full and is probable.

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About Raiders Blog and Q&A

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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