Sunday's game against the Denver Broncos will be blacked out locally because the Raiders did not sell out the game in time.

This marks the first time the Raiders haven't sold out a Broncos game since 2003.

Games need to be sold out 72 hours before kickoff to avoid a blackout in a 75-mile radius. The Raiders got a one-day extension from the NFL to sell out the opener against San Diego but weren't close enough to a sellout against the Broncos to request an extension.

The Raiders have had two games blacked out each season since taking over ticket sales from Alameda County before the 2006 season. This marks the first division game blacked out during that time.

  • Wide receiver Chaz Schilens' left foot remains in a protective boot more than five weeks after he sustained a broken bone in training camp. But don't be fooled by appearances.

    Schilens is rounding his way back into shape and preparing to make his 2009 debut against the Texans on Oct. 4.

    "It's been rough," Schilens said. "I've been wanting to get out there and help in any way I can, but I have to be patient."

    The Raiders envision Schilens as their No. 1 receiver once he returns. Rookies Louis Murphy and Darrius Heyward-Bey have started the first two games.

    Murphy and Schilens play on the same side of the field, so coach Tom Cable will have to decide whether to move Murphy to Heyward-Bey's spot or use Murphy in the slot in three-receiver sets.


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  • Wide receiver Johnnie Lee Higgins said he intends to play Sunday against the Denver Broncos now that his right shoulder sprain has healed well enough. Higgins hasn't played since he got drilled by San Diego Chargers safety Eric Weddle late in the regular-season opener on a pass over the middle.

    "It was one of the hardest (hits) in my life," Higgins said. "It was a good hit; had me a little dizzy."

  • Higgins also intends to resume his role as the punt returner. He said that watching Hiram Eugene and Javon Walker fill the void against the Chiefs made him cringe and eager to get back on the field.

    "We laughed about it, about the mistakes out there," Higgins said. "We just can't have that. It could have been three critical turnovers just on the punt return alone."

  • Eugene (leg), receivers Schilens and Nick Miller (shin) and left guard Robert Gallery (leg) won't play Sunday. Running back Justin Fargas will be active for the first time, Cable said.

    The Associated Press contributed to this notebook.