Huff excused to miss Arizona exhibition

Huff excused to miss Arizona exhibition
August 17, 2012, 2:17 am
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NAPA -- The Raiders will be without one more projected starter, moving the count to six, when they take on Arizona Friday night at University of Phoenix stadium in Oakland's second exhibition game.Free safety Michael Huff has been excused from the team by Dennis Allen to attend the birth of his first child.The first-team defense played two series against Dallas in both teams' preseason opener on Monday and is not expected to play much more than that against the Cardinals. Still, Matt Giordano is listed as second on the Raiders' depth chart to Huff and should get the start. Brandon Underwood is third and Chaz Powell is fourth.And while the Raiders will regain the services of second-string running back Mike Goodson, who suffered a scary-looking neck injury last week, Allen said nine other players will sit out against the Cardinals -- receiver Denarius Moore (hamstring), running back Taiwan Jones (hamstring), fullback Rashawn Jackson (hip), punter Shane Lechler (left knee), offensive linemen Zach Hurd (head), Ed Wang (shoulder) and Stefen Wisniewski (calf), tight end Brandon Myers (shoulder) and linebacker Aaron Curry (knees).Plus, nose tackle Jamie Cumbie (foot) and defensive end Jack Crawford (foot) will be gametime decisions.