NAPA -- Rookies don't often have moments of nostalgia, but Stefen Wisniewski is expecting one when the Raiders host the Arizona Cardinals on Thursday night at O.co Coliseum.

Specifically, Wisniewski expects to think about Jan. 6, 2001. The Raiders, playing their first playoff game in seven years and their first postseason game in Oakland in 20 seasons, routed the Miami Dolphins 27-0 before a raucous sellout crowd.

Wisniewski was 11 years old, watching his uncle Steve, now the Oakland assistant line coach, play left guard for the Raiders.

"They beat the Dolphins up pretty good, and I remember being in the locker room and thinking it was the coolest thing ever," Wisniewski said Tuesday after practice. "Now I'll be in there getting dressed, getting ready to go out to work. It will be different, but pretty cool."

On the Raiders' first depth chart, Wisniewski, drafted in the second round out of Penn State, is listed as the second-string center behind incumbent Samson Satele, who re-signed last week as an unrestricted free agent.

Wisniewski, though, has been getting reps with the first team at left guard, and coach Hue Jackson said the plan is to pick the best five linemen and make it work.

"I think I've learned a ton," Wisniewski said. "It started off just learning the playbook on the fly. I've got a pretty good grasp of it now. I'm confident up there making calls at center. I'm adjusting to the speed of the game."


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Six of the eight Raiders' draft picks can count on ample time in their pro debuts against Arizona. Wisniewski will be joined by third-round picks DeMarcus Van Dyke (cornerback) and Joe Barksdale (tackle), fifth-round pick Denarius Moore (wide receiver) and tight ends Richard Gordon and David Ausberry, taken in the sixth and seventh rounds, respectively.

Cornerback Chemdi Chekwa and running back Taiwan Jones, both taken in the fourth round, haven't practiced in more than a week and are not expected to play.

Van Dyke said he expects jitters "until I get that first tackle. Then I'll be OK."

Wisniewski plans to take a moment to look around before zeroing in on the Cardinals.

"Once the game starts, it will be all business and focus on the field, but I'll definitely take a couple of minutes before it starts to soak it all in," Wisniewski said.

  • The depth chart on defense returns 11 of 12 starters, with cornerback Chris Johnson replacing Nnamdi Asomugha.

  • The Raiders will practice Wednesday at 11:30 a.m. and have a walk-through Thursday before heading to Oakland.

  • Running back Darren McFadden, who has been running sprints along with wide receiver Jacoby Ford (broken left hand) for the last two days, said his fractured orbital bone occurred during a pass blocking drill against Quentin Groves. "It was just one of those things when we hit, my helmet came down over my face," McFadden said. "I guess it was just from the helmet coming down on impact."

  • Wide receiver/returner Nick Miller was out with an undisclosed injury. If Miller can't face Arizona, Moore could get a chance returning punts.

  • Wide receiver Derek Hagan has had an impressive three practices since joining the Raiders. Tuesday's highlight was a post pattern touchdown thrown by Jason Campbell.