ALAMEDA -- Raiders defensive coordinator Chuck Bresnahan said safety Michael Huff would be the team's nickel cornerback.
"He'll play in the slot," Bresnahan said. "He'll play our nickel corner, but again we have some things we'll do. He has had a very productive preseason for the limited amount of time that he's done."
So instead of putting rookie DeMarcus Van Dyke on the slot to be targeted by defenses, it will be Huff who deals with those receivers.
So the Raiders third-best corner is their starting free safety.
*As if there was any doubt after missing practice all week, Hue Jackson essentially ruled receiver Louis Murphy (groin), tight end Kevin Boss (knee) and safety Mike Mitchell (knee) out of the season opener.
The trio hasn't practiced all week.
"Probably after today probably not," Jackson said when asked they would play. "But again there's miracles that do happen so we'll see. But again obviously we're getting closer to those decisions being made."
Murphy told reporters he underwent surgery for a sports hernia in training camp. He hopes to play in the home opener Sept. 25 against the New York Jets.
*Running back Taiwan Jones (foot) and receiver Chaz Schilens (knee) were full participants in practice.