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.