Not even the chants of "Nnamdi! Nnamdi! Nnamdi!" were enough to drown out the collective gasps of those concerned about Raiders star cornerback Nnamdi Asomugha's well-being after he injured his right ankle early in the fourth quarter Sunday.

Asomugha stepped on Seattle Seahawks wide receiver Golden Tate's right foot as the two contested a deep pass down the right sideline. Asomugha crumpled to the ground and was in obvious pain as a team doctor and athletic trainer sprinted to his aid.

Asomugha lay on the ground for several minutes holding his ankle.

Raiders coach Tom Cable said X-rays were negative and that Asomugha suffered a sprain of unknown severity. A source close to Asomugha said he will have an MRI today.

Team doctor Warren King and team trainer Rod Martin ushered Asomugha off the field, with the player unable to place any weight on his right foot. A short time later, Asomugha was helped to the locker room.

"When I saw that it was his ankle, I was relieved," defensive tackle Tommy Kelly said. "I just wanted to make sure it wasn't his knee."

Asomugha's value to the Raiders was highlighted by the job he did on Seahawks receiver Mike Williams, who caught 21 passes for 210 yards and one touchdown in Seattle's previous two games.

Asomugha held Seattle's leading receiver without a reception. Williams caught his only pass one play after Asomugha exited the game.


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Williams flamed out with the Raiders before he was released midway through the '07 season. He sat out the past two seasons in an attempt to get his weight under control.

Seahawks coach Pete Carroll took a chance on the player he coached at USC and has been rewarded with a pleasant surprise.

For the season, Asomugha has allowed only five receptions for 87 yards and no touchdowns on 20 passes.

  • Fullback Marcel Reece has no illusions about his role in the Raiders offense. It's that of a lead blocker for running backs Darren McFadden and Michael Bush.

    Yet, that doesn't mean he can't contribute as more than a blocker, he said. He showed his overall value by catching three passes for 90 yards and one touchdown. He also busted off a 31-yard run that set up Oakland's third and final touchdown.

    "I'm always excited for my number to be called," Reece said. "So, when it happens I just try to produce. Once you start producing, there's enough balls to go around back there. None of us has any animosity at all. We just love making plays, and when another makes plays, we get happy, so it was a great game."

  • Seattle's run defense proved every bit as good as advertised early on. But by game's end, the Seahawks had allowed 239 yards to the Raiders.

    The Seahawks allowed their first six opponents an average of 77.5 yards per game and 3.3 per carry, both second-best in the league. The Raiders averaged 6.1 per carry.

    McFadden led the way with 111 yards. It was his fourth 100-yard game of the season.

  • Penalties remain a huge concern for the Raiders. They committed 11 infractions for 105 yards against the Seahawks, which bolstered their league-worst totals through seven games to 65 for 552 yards.

  • The Raiders managed only 16 sacks their first seven games. Then, along came Seattle quarterback Matt Hasselbeck, whom they sacked eight times.

  • Raiders wide receiver Darrius Heyward-Bey resurfaced as a viable receiving threat by catching five passes for a career-high 105 yards and one touchdown.

    He caught 10 passes in Oakland's first three games. However, he entered Sunday's game with only four receptions for 21 yards the previous four games.

    He also netted 30 yards on a first-quarter reverse that set up a Sebastian Janikowski field goal and deflected a ball that ended up in the hands of Bush, who turned it into a 55-yard gain.

  • The Raiders completed their four-game set against NFC West teams with their second victory. Their final eight games are against AFC teams.

    The Raiders and Seahawks played in the AFC West from 1977-2001, but the league moved the Seahawks to the NFC West in 2002. Sunday's game marked only the third meeting between the teams in the past nine seasons.

  • Backup offensive lineman Khalif Barnes boasts openly about being a smaller player trapped in a large man's body. Inside is a wide receiver or cornerback looking to bust out.

    On Sunday, he got his chance. Quarterback Jason Campbell's third pass of the game went to Barnes in the left flat. Barnes made the catch and gained 6 yards.

  • The Raiders played on Halloween for the seventh time in their 51-year existence, yet won for only the second time -- they also won on this date in 1976. They improved to 2-4-1 in such games.