Richard Gordon gets another chance

Raiders TE Richard Gordon will make his second straight start Friday night against Arizona in place of the injured Brandon Myers (shoulder).

Gordon started Monday night against Dallas despite an illness but left the game early. He's healthy now and will have a chance to make a case for why he should prevail in what's seen as a three-man battle for the starting job between Myers, Gordon and David Ausberry.

“Nobody's locked that job down,” Raiders coach Dennis Allen said. “Obviously it's hurt Brandon that he hasn't been able to be out here with a shoulder, but I've been impressed with what Richard's been able to do. He gives us a little bit better blocking presence on the edge. I'll be interested to see how he comes out and plays.”

At 6-foot-4 and 268 pounds, Gordon is the Raiders' biggest and most powerful tight end. This year he's improved his route running, and he's been catching the ball better.

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