On Labor Day weekend, reports on NFL Network that Oakland WR Javon Walker had tweaked his hamstring and was questionable for the Monday night regular-season home opener against his former team, the Denver Broncos, were greeted with skepticism in the Bay Area.
But due to that hamstring strain, Walker was deactivated for Monday night’s game. Couldn’t go.
Now it can be said that Walker, whom Oakland is counting on to be a significant contributor this season, is expected to make his Raiders debut Sunday against the Kansas City Chiefs.
Walker now is healthy enough to play, and those around Oakland say that he has been humbled by all that has happened in recent months. The Raiders believe that Walker’s mentality is as good as it has been since he was signed to a $55 million contract, and it’s a good thing. Raiders QB JaMarcus Russell needs him.
“JaMarcus Russell is the real deal,” said NFL Network Gameday Morning analyst Warren Sapp, who went through practices last season with the Raiders quarterback. “He could throw a strawberry through a battleship, but who is he going to throw to?”
Now it’s time for Walker to try to reward the Raiders for their investment — his first action as a Raider will be Sunday.