OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) -Wide receiver Javon Walker missed the season opener for the Oakland Raiders with a hamstring injury Monday night, denying him a chance to play against his former Denver Broncos teammates.
Walker had been pointing to this game since the schedule came out in April, hoping to get revenge against the team that released him in February.
But Walker hurt his hamstring in practice Aug. 31 and was limited all week in practice before being placed on the inactive list Monday night. Johnnie Lee Higgins started in his place.
Walker has struggled since joining the Raiders with a six-year, $55 million contract that included $16 million in guaranteed money. He was criticized by coach Lane Kiffin for being out of shape during offseason workouts, was seriously injured in June during a robbery in Las Vegas, and contemplated retirement early in training camp.
Kalimba Edwards (groin) and safety Rashad Baker (ankle) were on the inactive list for the Raiders, along with receiver Todd Watkins and offensive linemen Mario Henderson and John Wade. The Raiders also released tackle Seth Want before the game.
Among the inactives for the Broncos were linebacker Louis Green, who has a hamstring injury, and former Raiders defensive lineman Josh Shaw.
Advertisement

Top NFL Public Bets

Advertisement

NFL Top Stories

Thumbnail Cowboys vs. 49ers Pick Can another big injury keep the Dallas Cowboysfrom being able to compete on offense with the San Francisco 49ers...
Thumbnail Broncos vs. Buccaneers Pick Will the Denver Broncos put on another offensive showcase this Sunday when they face the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at 4:05PM...
Thumbnail Saints vs. Chargers Pick The Saints own the worst defense in the league but will the under still hit in San Diego when they visit the Chargers at 4:25PM ET on Sunday?
Thumbnail Seahawks vs. Jets Pick Will the Seahawks and Jets play under the total when the two teams clash in East Rutherford on Sunday at 1:00PM ET?
Thumbnail Dolphins vs. Bengals Prediction What's the best play on the board tonight when the Bengals host the Dolphins at 8:25PM ET on Thursday Night Football?
More inNFL Articles  

NFL Team Pages