With both starting safeties out
, the Raiders could move cornerback Michael Huff back to free safety, which would necessitate putting either Joselio Hanson, Brandian Ross, Coye Francies or Phillip Adams into the starting lineup opposite Ron Bartell.
Ross and Francies are predominantly special teams players. The Raiders cut Pat Lee, a starting cornerback for seven games in Bartell's absence, to make room for Bartell, with Allen citing the special teams work of the other cornerbacks.
Lee is not an option to be brought back,
having been claimed on waivers by the Detroit Lions.
The Raiders put cornerback Shawntae Spencer on injured reserve Saturday with an injured foot, ending his season.
Mike Mitchell, primarily a strong safety, is available to replace Branch if necessary. Branch has not missed a game in his Raiders career. LINK
match that up with-
In the past six games vs. Oakland, QB Drew Brees is 6-0 and has completed 112 of 159 passes (70.4%) for 1,248 yards with 13 TDs, 0 INTs for a 120.7 rating. Image: http://media.tumblr.com/tumblr_m6pws7p06H1rq8uaj.gif
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