Originally published Monday, October 31, 2011 at 9:40 PM

Raiders to try out ex-Seahawk WR T.J. Houshmandzadeh | NFL notes

The Oakland Raiders on Tuesday will work out former Seahawks receiver T. J. Houshmandzadeh, 34, who hasn't played this season after spending...

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The Oakland Raiders on Tuesday will work out former Seahawks receiver T.J. Houshmandzadeh, 34, who hasn't played this season after spending 2010 in Baltimore.

There had been plenty of speculation about the Raiders bringing in a veteran wideout to go with their young receivers, and Houshmandzadeh is someone coach Hue Jackson has wanted to see since training camp.

"If I can find a player who kind of knows our system and has been around, I think it buoys everybody else," Jackson said.

Carson Palmer is now the Raiders' starting quarterback. Palmer, while waiting to be traded by the Bengals this season, practiced with Houshmandzadeh.

Houshmandzadeh is coming off his worst season since his rookie campaign of 2001. He caught 30 passes for 398 yards — the second lowest totals of his career — and three touchdowns for the Ravens last season.

Houshmandzadeh had at least 900 receiving yards in six of nine NFL seasons. The last was in 2009, when he had 911 receiving yards for the Seahawks.

Raiders safety Chinedum Ndukwe said "The Housh" is a "born leader."

"He might not be the fastest guy, he might not look like the greatest athlete, but he gets it done," Ndukwe said. "I don't think there's any better in the league in the slot, for sure."


Bill Polian plans to keep quarterback Peyton Manning on the active roster all season — even if it means he'll only be back to practice. While the Colts vice chairman isn't completely ruling out a late cameo appearance by the four-time MVP this season, he's hoping Manning will be able to throw at the team's complex before the season ends. Manning has not practiced with his teammates much since January's playoff loss to the New York Jets. Manning had neck surgery in May to repair a damaged nerve and then an anterior spinal fusion just three days before the season opener.

• The Washington Redskins claimed running back Tashard Choice off waivers. Choice was a fourth-round draft pick by the Cowboys in 2008. He had 28 carries for 75 yards this season and lost two fumbles.

• Tennessee coach Mike Munchak is doing his best to defuse a potential running back controversy. Munchak made it clear Monday that Chris Johnson remains the Titans' starter, and he said he sees the running back working harder than ever in a situation where his contract extension created high expectations.

Backup Javon Ringer will continue to play, with his number of carries decided during each game.

Since sitting out the preseason before signing a $53.5 million contract extension worth $30 million guaranteed, Johnson has topped 100 yards only once.

Tim Tebow wasn't sacked Monday. One day after giving his embattled young quarterback a less than ringing endorsement following a humiliating 45-10 loss at home to the Lions, Broncos coach John Fox said he's sticking with Tebow. "For this week, yes," Fox said. Tebow has completed less than 50 percent of his passes and been sacked 13 times in his two starts.

• The Raiders signed former Pro Bowl cornerback Lito Sheppard, who started only two games for Minnesota last season.

• The Bengals got a two-day roster exemption for running back Cedric Benson, who is coming off a suspension for violating the NFL's conduct policy. Benson is allowed to be with the team until Wednesday without being added to the 53-man roster.

• St. Louis quarterback Sam Bradford is no longer in a protective boot and is exercising again. After the Rams picked up their first victory of the season, a stunning 31-21 win over New Orleans, they play at Arizona this weekend. Bradford sustained a high ankle sprain two weeks ago and hasn't played since.

• The Detroit Lions' game at Chicago on Nov. 13, the first week of NFL flex scheduling, has been moved from noon local time to 3:15. The NFL also can switch Sunday games in Weeks 11 through 15 and in Week 17.

Injury report
Player, position Team Injury Prognosis
Darryl Sharpton, LB Texans Leg Out for season
Justin Tryon, CB Giants Arm Out for season
Thomas Williams, LB Panthers Neck Might miss extended time
Jason Phillips, LB Panthers Leg Might miss extended time
Montario Hardesty, RB Browns Leg Out at least 1 game
Sean Lee, LB Cowboys Wrist Uncertain
LaMarr Woodley, LB Steelers Leg Uncertain
Kevin Kolb, QB Cardinals Foot Uncertain

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