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Raiders WR Darrius Heyward-Bey has movement in all extremities and was cleared to fly home with the team on Sunday night.  It's excellent news after he was carted off on a stretcher earlier today.  DHB almost certainly sustained a severe concussion, though, so he's a long shot to be ready for Week 12.  We should have another update on Monday.

Raiders WR Darrius Heyward-Bey had to be carted off the field after taking a knee to the head during Sunday's game against the Vikings.  He at least has a concussion, and we'll have to see if he also injured his neck.  Check back tonight for an update.

Raiders WR Darrius Heyward-Bey was invisible again on Thursday night. He drew a ceremonial start but was rarely on the field after that. DHB got just 6 offensive snaps and didn't see a single target. And that's despite WR Jacoby Ford suffering a foot injury in the 1st quarter that knocked him out for the rest of the game. DHB clearly pissed someone off over the bye week. He was on fire prior to that but hasn't caught a pass in the 2 games since. He's off the fantasy radar until further notice.

Raiders WR Darrius Heyward-Bey went catchless on just 1 target against the Broncos on Sunday.  This after he had topped 82 yards in 4 straight games.  Part of the problem was CB Champ Bailey's coverage, but we also noticed that DHB didn't get many snaps.  HC Hue Jackson blamed that on "specific sets" that the team was running.  Sounds like a bunch of malarkey to us.  It's possible that Heyward-Bey is hurt.  Regardless, Jacoby Ford and Denarius Moore were clearly Oakland's top-2 WRs on Sunday.  DHB will need to go back to your bench until that changes.

It's sounding like Raiders QB Carson Palmer won't start this Sunday's game against the Chiefs.  ESPN's Adam Schefter hears from a team source that Palmer isn't convinced he can make the "high-velocity throws" that he needs to in a live game.  Schefter notes that a final decision hasn't been made yet, but it looks like the team is leaning towards giving QB Kyle Boller the nod.  Palmer would then make his Raiders debut after the Week 8 bye.  Boller obviously isn't a fantasy option.  And the news makes Oakland's pass-catchers hands-off in fantasy this week.

According to ESPN's Adam Schefter, Raiders QB Carson Palmer is expected to start Sunday's game against the Chiefs.  It probably says more about QB Kyle Boller than Palmer.  Oakland's coaching staff was impressed by Palmer after watching him throw Tuesday though.  “He walked out on the field yesterday and everybody kind of looked at everybody and said, ‘You know what? This is a real quarterback,’” OC Al Saunders said. “That was the comment made by a couple people as they watched him throw."  Palmer hasn't played in a live game in over 8 months and has less than a week to get comfortable with a new offense and new receivers.  He isn't a recommended fantasy option this week.  That being said, he's still an upgrade over Boller, so consider this good news for Oakland's pass-catchers.

The Raiders have acquired QB Carson Palmer from the Bengals in exchange for a 2012 1st-round pick and a conditional pick in 2013 that could become a 1st-rounder.  We're not sure what's more surprising -- that the Bengals dealt Palmer, or that they could get two 1st-rounders for him.  Palmer was once an elite QB, but his play has dropped off preciptiously of late. Over his last 2 seasons, he's completed a mediocre 61.2% of his passes with 47 TDs and 33 INTs.  He's still only 31 years old, but arm strength is a concern after elbow problems.  In Oakland, he'll be learning a new system, operating a run-heavy offense, and working with a talented but unproven group of WRs.  Consider Palmer no more than a mid-range QB2.  His addition is excellent news for the rest of the Raiders' skill-position players though.  It would have gotten ugly with QB Kyle Boller at the helm.  But the threat of Palmer will open up running room for RB Darren McFadden and keep WRs Darrius Heyward-Bey, Denarius Moore, and Jacoby's Ford's fantasy values afloat.

2:36pm EDT 10/16/11

Browns CB Joe Haden (knee) is inactive for today's game against the Raiders.  He's been one of the top cover guys in the league this year, and Cleveland doesn't have a viable replacement.  Upgrade the Oakland passing attack.

Raiders WR Louis Murphy (groin) put in a full week of practice and is expected to make his 2011 debut on Sunday against the Browns. Oakland's WR corps is deep, with Denarius Moore and Darrius Heyward-Bey starting, and Jacoby Ford serving as the #3.  That leaves Murphy to battle with Chaz Schilens for the #4 spot.  He's worth monitoring but isn't a fantasy option.

2:59pm EDT 10/14/11

Browns CB Joe Haden (knee) was unable to practice all week and won’t play against the Raiders this weekend. It’s a big boost for Darrius Heyward-Bey and Denarius Moore, who are both viable WR3 options if you’re hurting with bye weeks.

Raiders WR Darrius Heyward-Bey practiced all week and is listed as probable for Sunday’s game against the Jets. WRs Louis Murphy (groin) and Jacoby Ford (hamstring) are out, so DHB, Denarius Moore, and Chaz Schilens will serve as Oakland’s top-3 WRs. It’s a situation to avoid in a tough matchup.

Raiders WR Darrius Heyward-Bey (knee) returned to practice on Wednesday.  It looks like he's on track to play against the Jets this weekend.  There's no way he should move back past WR Denarius Moore in the pecking order, but you never know with an Al Davis-led franchise.  We'd avoid Raiders WRs this week, especially in such a tough matchup.

Raiders WR Darrius Heyward-Bey (knee) is inactive for today's game against the Bills.  Oakland is really hurting at WR with Jacoby Ford and Louis Murphy also out.  Chaz Schilens, Denarius Moore, and Derek Hagan will serve as their top-3 WRs today.  None are recommended fantasy options.

Raiders WRs Jacoby Ford (hamstring) and Louis Murphy (groin) have both been ruled out for Week 2. WR Darrius Heyward-Bey is listed as questionable after injuring his knee in Thursday's practice. If DHB can't go, Denarius Moore and Chaz Schilens would likely serve as Oakland's top-2 WRs against the Bills. WR Derek Hagan would also be in the picture. It's a situation to stay far, far away from in fantasy.

WR Darrius Heyward-Bey had to leave practice early on Thursday after hurting a knee. The ailment doesn't appear serious, though, as the team planned no tests on it. DHB goes everywhere draped in a giant red flag, but the team did put him to good use Monday night. He was the primary target in the 2nd half after Jacoby Ford left with a hamstring injury. It's not time to think about starting DHB in fantasy yet, but it's at least worth watching to see if he's finally ready to step up (with his good leg).

Raiders WR Louis Murphy has been ruled out for Week 1 after recently undergoing surgery on his hamstring.  He's been out since early in training camp, and no timetable has been set for his return.  We like this guy's skill-set, and he could make an impact later on this season.  But this news makes Murphy undraftable.  WRs Darrius Heyward-Bey and Jacoby Ford look like Oakland's Week 1 starters, while rookie WR Denarius Moore is pushing hard for significant playing time.

The Raiders have listed Darrius Heyward-Bey and Jacoby Ford as the starting WRs on their preliminary depth chart.  It's surprising considering DHB has missed most of camp so far with an undisclosed injury, and because the 5'10, 185-pound Ford is better-suited as slot guy.  It's still early, and the depth chart could very well change.  Regardless, we're expecting Ford and WR Louis Murphy to be the most productive Raiders WRs this year, with even Chaz Schilens having more upside than Heyward-Bey.  None of these guys are recommended fantasy starters though.

Raiders WR Darrius Heyward-Bey made his training camp debut on Wednesday.  It's still unclear why he missed the first 5 practices.  With Jacoby Ford (hand) out, DHB has an opportunity to cement a spot in Oakland's starting lineup.  We're not confident in his ability to do so though.

Raiders WR Darrius Heyward-Bey has missed the first 5 days of training camp with an undisclosed injury.  Durability has been a major problem for DHB, who has missed 6 games in his first 2 NFL seasons.  We'll update his status when we learn more.

11:55am EST 11/21/10

Raiders WR Darrius Heyward-Bey (hamstring) is inactive for today's game against the Steelers.  Louis Murphy and Jacoby Ford are starting out wide for Oakland.

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