Four questions facing Raiders: How many starters are sitting this one out?

August 17, 2012, 9:08 pm
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Editor's Note: This is the second of four questions answered by Raiders Insider Paul Gutierrez. Each new question, or down, will be posted as gametime approaches.

First down: Will Jacoby Ford bounce back?
Second down
How many starters are sitting this one out?
At last count, six -- free safety Michael Huff (birth of his first child), linebacker Aaron Curry (knees), punter Shane Lechler (left knee), receiver Denarius Moore (hamstring), tight end Brandon Myers (shoulder) and center Stefen Wisniewski (calf). Plus, running back Taiwan Jones (hamstring), fullback Rashawn Jackson (hip) and offensive linemen Zach Hurd (head) and Ed Wang (shoulder) have also been ruled out by coach Dennis Allen, and nose tackle Jamie Cumbie (foot) and defensive end Jack Crawford (foot) will be gametime decisions. It all adds up to more opportunity for more guys trying to crack the 53-man roster. But it also means the first units have one fewer chance to work with each other in a preseason setting. Still, coach Dennis Allen said this week that the first-team units will get more action against Arizona than they did against Dallas. How much, exactly? Allen was keeping that to himself, but you get the idea. "A lot of it depends on how the game pays out," he said. "We got a lot of snaps early in the game on offense; they had a couple of penalties that helped us out. Defensively, we played from a time frame a little bit longer than we anticipated last week. But from a play-count standpoint, we didn't play that much."