Raiders' Woodson, Gibson likely out up to two months

Updated: October 24, 2005, 12:27 AM ET
Associated Press

OAKLAND, Calif. -- Charles Woodson broke his right leg, and Derrick Gibson dislocated his left wrist Sunday, leaving the Oakland Raiders without two key starters in their secondary for up to two months.

Charles Woodson
AP Photo/Paul SakumaCharles Woodson must prove he can still play at a high level.

Coach Norv Turner gave the preliminary diagnosis of the two players after Oakland's 38-17 victory over Buffalo and said the players would undergo further tests Monday, holding out hope for a more positive diagnosis.

"Those are six-to-eight week injuries, but I can't say that's the final deal," Turner said. "We'll know more in the morning."

Woodson was banged up while making a tackle on Bills running back Willis McGahee with about 4 minutes left in the quarter. Woodson was attended to by trainers on the field before limping to the sideline.

Woodson had a boot on his right foot and would only shake his head and say "it's broken" when asked how he was doing. Woodson, a four-time Pro Bowler, is being paid about $10.5 million this season as the Raiders' franchise player. His versatility has been extremely valuable as he has played cornerback, safety and provided strong run support.

Gibson was hurt on the Bills' opening drive, holding his left wrist as he walked off the field following Kelly Holcomb's 5-yard touchdown pass to Lee Evans.

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"We're going to miss both of them a hell of a lot," defensive tackle Warren Sapp said. "But the show goes on."

The injuries forced the Raiders to rely on rookies and special teams players to shut down the Bills.

Oakland frequently used three rookies at a time in the secondary -- Fabian Washington, Stanford Routt and Chris Carr -- and special teams standout Jarrod Cooper got his most extensive playing time yet on defense. Carr had been used primarily as a kick returner and had barely played defensive back in practice so far this season. Cooper has also gotten only limited time in practice.

"I thought maybe they would try to exploit those guys a little bit," starting free safety Stuart Schweigert said. "Even when they tried, they were knocking down passes, making tackles and stopping them short on third downs. It was awesome to see."

The Raiders limited Kelly Holcomb to 159 yards passing and McGahee to 50 yards on 16 carries. After scoring a touchdown on a 14-play drive to open the game, the Bills made only eight first downs the rest of the way.

"All of us got reps in practice so if something like this would happen, we'd be ready," Washington said.

The Raiders did have one positive injury note. Randy Moss, listed as doubtful with injured ribs, groin and pelvic area, was able to play. He entered the game late in the first quarter and caught a 15-yard pass from Kerry Collins on the receiver's second play in the game.

Moss added a 22-yard touchdown reception in the second quarter, his third score of the season, and finished with three catches for 43 yards.

Turner said he didn't know if Moss would be available to play until just before the game time. With Moss still limited, the Raiders mostly used him when they were deep in Buffalo territory.

"This morning he went out and ran and was excited about the way he felt," Turner said. "We tried to plot a plan on how we'd use him. That's what we did. ... He made a couple of big plays that helped us."


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