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September 15, 2011
Safety shuffling

ALAMEDA -- Even with Michael Huff (groin) missing a second practice, Raiders coach Hue Jackson "there's a chance" Huff and receiver Jacoby Ford (hamstring) could play Sunday in Buffalo.

"There's always a chance for anything," Jackson said. "But, obviously, as we get closer to the end of the week, there are decisions that have to be made. But, those guys, there's still a possibility."

If Huff can't play, Matt Giordano or Jerome Boyd would start, depending on the offensive set the Bills start the game in.

Giordano and Boyd both played well in the season opener at Denver.

*Add one more name to the injury report. Wideout Darrius Heyward-Bey did not finish practice because of a foot injury.

"Obviously, we got to get him in, check on him, see where we are," Jackson said. "Hopefully, he'll be OK."

*Besides Huff and Ford, the following Raiders did not practice:

WR Louis Murphy (groin)
S Mike Mitchell (knee)
DT Richard Seymour (ribs)

Limited in practice

RB Darren McFadden (shoulder)
TE Kevin Boss (knee)

Full participation in practice

QB Jason Campbell (foot)
CB Chris Johnson (groin)
DE Jarvis Moss (foot)
CB Joe Porter (concussion)

Here's Jackson on whether Boss would play in Buffalo:

"I know he's done some things out here. I'm not totally sure exactly where he is. He's definitely getting closer. I'll get a better feel for it tomorrow. When you have injuries you goyt to kind of let the next day come and the next day come just to see where your body is. I think we're getting closer but to make a final decision right now I don't think we need to."

Without Ford the assumption is Nick Miller would see more time at receiver and that preseason standout Derek Hagan would would be active this week.

Jackson did not say who would return kickoffs if Ford doesn't play. Denarius Moore and Taiwan Jones are logical assumptions.

Here's Jackson on Miller:

"He's accountable, he's dependable. He's there, he's been here, he knows me, he knows our system, knows what we're trying to accomplish. I think if and when we need Nick, Nick will always answer the challenge."

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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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