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Oakland Raiders' Chaz Schilens, #81, grabs a pass during warm up drills before the pre-season opening game against the Dallas Cowboys at Oakland/Alameda County Coliseum in Oakland, Calif., on Thursday, Aug. 13, 2009. (Ray Chavez/Staff)
Wide receiver Chaz Schilens is scheduled to play Sunday against the Kansas City Chiefs. Finally.
Schilens missed the first eight games of the season while recovering from a broken bone in his left foot that he suffered Aug. 18. Initially, he targeted the second game for his 2009 debut, but his foot proved slow to heal after surgery.
Raiders coach Tom Cable said Monday that Schilens is completely healed and ready to go.
"I'm confident," said Schilens, who participated fully in Monday's practice. "We'll see in practice, but I'll be good this week. "... It's not 100 percent like I'd like it to be, but I've just got to work through it."
Schilens was the projected No. 1 receiver entering training camp. His play in camp and Oakland's first exhibition game validated his status. He caught five passes in one quarter against the Dallas Cowboys in the Raiders' first exhibition game.
Oakland wide receivers have combined for only 28 receptions for 373 yards and one touchdown in eight games. Cable said he hasn't been contacted by the NFL in regard to recent allegations that he physically abused his first wife and a former girlfriend, or about the training-camp incident in which defensive assistant Randy Hanson alleged that Cable punched him and broke his jaw.
An ESPN story Monday said the NFL is evaluating whether Cable should be enrolled into mandatory counseling, primarily for the Hanson incident. A Raiders official said he was unaware of any such evaluation. The Raiders re-signed veteran defensive tackle William Joseph for the second time since he was released at the end of training camp.
Joseph, 30, appeared in eight games for the Raiders last season. He was re-signed before the start of the regular season but was released again to make room for the arrival of defensive lineman Richard Seymour two days before the regular-season opener.
Defensive tackle Gerard Warren is battling sore toes and defensive end Greg Ellis is less than a week removed from arthroscopic knee surgery, so Joseph gives the Raiders much-needed depth. The Raiders released offensive lineman Paul McQuistan to make room for Joseph on the 53-man roster. McQuistan was Oakland's third-round pick in the 2006 NFL draft. He started six games in each of his first two seasons. He spent all but one game on injured reserve in 2008. He appeared in three games this season as a reserve. Rookie receiver/kick returner Nick Miller did not practice and is questionable for Sunday's game. He is recovering from a broken right shin and was hopeful of making his NFL debut Sunday, but he experienced pain while running on a treadmill Monday. Team doctors have scheduled Miller for further tests.
"Words don't describe how frustrating it is to just sit out and watch," Miller said. Robert Gallery practiced at left guard, Samson Satele at center and Cornell Green at right tackle. That marked the first time since the second game of the season that the Raiders had their offensive line intact with the starters. Gallery has missed the past six games with a broken right leg. Green has missed the past four games with a calf injury. Defensive tackle Tommy Kelly (personal issue), linebacker Ricky Brown (ankle) and Ellis did not practice Monday. Kelly is expected back Wednesday, Cable said.