Raiders notebook: Colts vs. Raiders blacked out

December 24, 2010, 1:03 am
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ALAMEDA The Raiders, who are mathematically still alive in the playoff hunt,did not sell out Sundays home finale against four-time NFL MVP PeytonManning and Indianapolis by Thursdays 1:05 p.m. deadline and did notrequest an extension to do so from the league.As such, the game will be blacked out on local television.It is the seventh blackout this season, the 14th in the past twoseasons and the 83rd in 128 home games (64.8) since the team returnedto Oakland from Los Angeles in 1995.Defensive tackle Richard Seymour missed practice again with a strained hamstring, as did punter Shane Lechler.And while coach Tom Cable is holding out hope for Lechler I feelgood about it right now, Cable said. How sure I am, well see here bytomorrow or Saturday, but I know hes improving and I feel good aboutit. he is not so sure about Seymour playing Sunday.Thats kind of touch and go still, Cable said.The Raiders injury report from ThursdayDid not practice: Lechler, Seymour and RT Langston Walker (concussion).Practiced limited: WRPR Johnnie Lee Higgins (ankle) CB Nnamdi Asomugha (ankle).Practiced full: WRPR Nick Miller (ankle), TE Zach Miller (foot), FSMichael Huff (shin), CB Chris Johnson (groin), SS Mike Mitchell (ribs).Cable acknowledged to local media on Wednesday he was a replacementplayer for the Colts during the 1987 strike, calling them blessedtimes for a fringe football player while saying it was a long timeago.He was a little more descriptive for the Indianapolis media, though, when asked if he ever played.Actually, I did, said Cable, who wore No. 63 and was a guard andcenter. There were only about, what, six or seven offensive linemenand one got hurt. It was a great experience, though, for three weeks.I think we won all three games. In fact, I know we won all threegamesthats why they went to the playoffs that year, he said with alaugh.It was 23 years ago, so forgive Cable is his memory if his memory is atad hazy. The Colts went 2-1, beating Buffalo and the Jets and losingto the Steelers replacements, and, according to game books, which mightbe shaky at best, Cable was dressed for two of the games but did notappear in either.Raiders defensive coordinator John Marshall was the Colts defensive line coach in 1987 and remembered Cable.He was great, Marshall said. Dominant. Big. Dominant man.