Three and Out: Defensive continuity, two QBs or none?
Tracy Porter will play Sunday despite being listed as questionable with a hip injury. (AP)
OAKLAND – The Raiders secondary is depleted, but not barren. There was fear that starting cornerbacks Mike Jenkins and Tracy Porter would both miss Sunday’s season finale against the Denver Broncos.
Playing without both corners was a nightmare scenario against quarterback Peyton Manning. The Raiders will have Porter available – he was questionable with a hip injury -- but Jenkins has been ruled out with a hamstring injury.
Porter will maintain his role as outside corner in the base defense and move into the slot in the nickel package. Chemdi Chekwa will start in Jenkins’ place. He was promoted over Phillip Adams, who had struggled after D.J. Hayden was placed on injured reserve.
Adams will play outside in the nickel, when the Raiders are at the weakest. The Broncos typically play three-receiver sets, which will leave the Raiders vulnerable with Chekwa and Adams in at the same time.
In addition to Jenkins, the Raiders ruled receivers Jacoby Ford and Brice Butler, offensive linemen Andre Gurode, Lamar Mady and Menelik Watson and defensive tackle Ricky Lumpkin inactive.