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Kirk Morrison dislocates elbow

Oakland’s leading tackler for the last three seasons, linebacker Kirk Morrison, will likely miss the team’s regular season opener after dislocating his elbow Saturday.

Initial reports say that Morrison will be out “at least several weeks,” opening the way for Ricky Brown to start the season as the team’s middle linebacker.

In one of the most surprising position battles in the league, Morrison was fighting off Brown to keep his job despite his productivity in recent years. 

The Raiders didn’t look any better without Morrison against the 49ers, at least defending the run. 

49ers rookie Glenn Coffee ran wild, rushing for 100 yards on eight carries against the team’s first-string defense.  (Coffee added 29 more yards against backups; the 49ers rushed for 275 yards in all.)

Before we kick off our next series of “Raider hater” comments, we’re happy to point out Oakland led 7-3 at halftime before the reserves took over.  Now have it.

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12 Responses to “Kirk Morrison dislocates elbow”
  1. Pthingholm says: Aug 23, 2009 9:14 AM

    Kirk morrison is in my eyes the lone bright spot on the raiders! No hating from my part

  2. OscarMooseFarmer says: Aug 23, 2009 9:25 AM

    Oh there you go with your niners bashing and obviuos raider bias….

  3. Kiss My Asomugha says: Aug 23, 2009 9:32 AM

    Dude, check ur inbox Florio, i gave u at least two more compelling storylines, i practically ghost wrote an article for u, NATE CLEMENTS got his ass smoked by a rook, remember him, the guy that couldnt shut up about how dominating the 9ers were in PRACTICE last week. oh well hopefully somebody will do your job for u, im too lazy to do the work, and pthingholm, are u an actual fan, because last i checked asomugha was arguably considered the best corner in the game, plus morrison’s numbers are a bit deceiving. yeah he makes alot of tackles but 6 yards downfield isnt conducive to a good run defense.
    Dont see how u write that article about our passing offense and fail to follow up when the guy doing all the talking gets his *ss handed to him by a rook and has a big PI penalty that set up a TD

  4. as big as a hat says: Aug 23, 2009 9:44 AM

    Morrison the lone bright spot on the Raiders? You may want to consider Asomogua as well. As for Oakland’s run defense, it’s no surprise Coffee left cleat marks all over the chests of Oakland’s “run stoppers.” It’s been that way for years, and only the most delusional of our delusional fan base believes it will be any different this year.

  5. INVAIDUH says: Aug 23, 2009 10:00 AM

    Preseason…Meh.

  6. TylerDurden says: Aug 23, 2009 10:29 AM

    “Before we kick off our next series of “Raider hater” comments, we’re happy to point out Oakland led 7-3 at halftime before the reserves took over. Now have it.”
    …and then 14-3 at the end of the 3rd. Just sayin’

  7. 56lightsout56 says: Aug 23, 2009 11:11 AM

    why how could anyone hate on the Raiduhs-the Barney Fife of the NFL?

  8. Raiders757 says: Aug 23, 2009 11:46 AM

    No worries Florio. When the truth is reported objectively, it’s not hating. The Raiders got ran over like a possum in the middle of the road last night.

  9. empty13 says: Aug 23, 2009 12:21 PM

    the raiders are now “coffee grounds”…

  10. rayrayraider says: Aug 23, 2009 1:22 PM

    At least you report on the Raiders…

  11. as big as a hat says: Aug 23, 2009 2:43 PM

    Before you all complain about Florio’s articles, could you at least take a look near the top, right under the headline. The writer’s name can usually be found there.

  12. Joe in Toronto, Canada says: Aug 23, 2009 7:52 PM

    # Pthingholm says: August 23, 2009 9:14 AM
    Kirk morrison is in my eyes the lone bright spot on the raiders! No hating from my part
    ======================================
    I like Morrison but he’s playing out of position, in my opinion, because he’s undersized to play the middle.
    I’d put him on the weak side with Brown in the middle and Howard on the strong side.
    As for being “the lone bright spot”, that’s ridiculous. The Raiders are full of young talented players.
    The leader of the team is hands down the best CB in the league, Nnamdi Asomugha.

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