The Raiders reportedly had veteran wide receiver Jabar Gaffney in for a visit on Wednesday, signaling the likelihood that Oakland doesn't expect to have all five of its wideouts ready for the regular-season opener.
Starter Darrius Heyward-Bey and rookie Rod Streater are the only wide receivers among the five on Oakland's 53-man roster at 100 percent right now and certain to play Monday night against the San Diego Chargers.
Projected starter Denarius Moore has missed more than a month with a hamstring injury. Number three receiver Jacoby Ford hasn't practiced or played in a game since he suffered a left foot injury Aug. 17. Rookie Juron Criner suffered an ankle sprain in Oakland's exhibition finale.
In Gaffney, 31, the Raiders see a veteran that is capable of stepping in right away and producing at a pretty high level. He caught 68 passes for 947 yards in 16 games for the Washington Redskins last season.
The New England Patriots signed Gaffney in the offseason, but they released him Aug. 27. Since that time, Gaffney also has worked out for the Miami Dolphins.
One potential sticking point is, if the Raiders were to sign Gaffney before the regular season starts, Gaffney's base salary for 2012 would be guaranteed. The Raiders, like other teams, might take their chances and wait until after the first game before making such a
However, the Raiders are in a bind right now, especially if one, two or three of their injured receivers can't play Monday night.
Coach Dennis Allen said he thinks Criner will be fine and that he is hopeful of getting back Moore and Ford. Keep in mind, though, that Moore started running only this past weekend and that Ford jogged Tuesday for the first time since his injury.