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September 29, 2012
Gordon, Heyward-Bey ruled out against Broncos

The Raiders have ruled receiver Darrius Heyward-Bey (concussion, neck strain) and tight end Richard Gordon (hamstring) out for Sunday's game against the Broncos. Gordon was a late addition to the injury report Friday after practice, with a team spokesman saying he was hurt at practice.

Heyward-Bey wasn't going to play anyway -- he's still focused on coming back fully from the concussion. That means more snaps for Derek Hagan, who had a couple of catches on the Raiders' game-winning drive against the Steelers and may start along with Denarius Moore instead of rookie Rod Streater. Offensive coordinator Greg Knapp said this about Hagan during the week:

"Derek has really taken to the offense pretty well -- Hagan. This week, the last two days, we've had very good practices with the young guys (Streater and fellow rookie Juron Criner), but they are still young guys and I hate to put the burden on a rookie receiver if we don't have to. You'll probably see a rotation with all four of them playing some sort. I've been very impressed with Derek and how quickly he's learned the offense."

Knapp also said that Hagan's experience means, "He'll be able to handle probably releases off press coverage from (Broncos cornerback) Champ Bailey a little more than a rookie because he's handled that in his past."

Hagan has 8 catches for 84 yards on the season. Streater has caught 8 balls for 68 yards and a touchdown. Criner does not have a catch yet.

-- Matt Kawahara

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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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