The Raiders waived cornerback John Bowie, one day after he was placed on injured reserve as a result of a knee injury he sustained against the Denver Broncos on Sunday.

The move effectively closes the door on the 2007 draft-day trade that sent disgruntled wide receiver Randy Moss to the New England Patriots for a fourth-round pick that the Raiders used to select Bowie out of the University of Cincinnati.

Bowie appeared in five games in his two-plus seasons with the Raiders and collected two tackles.

Moss has started all 35 regular-season games since the trade — he also played three postseason games — and recorded 193 receptions for 2,782 yards and 34 touchdowns.

Raiders managing general partner Al Davis was reluctant to trade Moss, but he agreed once it became apparent that Moss no longer wanted to play for the Raiders after two seasons.

"Randy Moss was great here for us," Davis said Sept. 12. "We couldn't satisfy Randy. That was our fault. He's a truly great player. The idea when you get a great player is to make him happy and satisfy him."

  • Wide receiver Johnnie Lee Higgins (shoulder) returned to practice Thursday and said he is ready to play Sunday against the Houston Texans. He will return punts and attempt to record his first reception of the season. He led all Raiders wide receivers last season in receptions (22), yards (366) and touchdowns (4).


    Advertisement

  • Receiver Chaz Schilens missed practice and remains a "long shot" for Sunday's game, coach Tom Cable said. He still is recovering from the broken bone he sustained in his left foot Aug. 18. He worked with a team trainer on his movement while his teammates practiced on an adjacent field.

  • The Texans are one of only five teams that own an edge over the Raiders in the all-time series. The Texans are 3-1 against the Raiders, with the lone loss coming at the Coliseum last season.

  • Cornerback Nnamdi Asomugha needed fluids replaced intravenously late in the game against the Kansas City Chiefs on Sept. 20. Several other Raiders suffered from dehydration that day, as well.

    It figures to be at least as hot Sunday and probably with more humidity.

    "We talk about the hydration," Cable said. "It's just something you have to deal with. I don't think it'll be a whole lot different than Kansas City."