Raiders prepared to go without Burgess, Warren

The last two years, Derrick Burgess has been the Raiders’ most productive defensive lineman. But with a lingering calf injury that began nearly a month ago, the Pro Bowl end is lucky just to get on the practice field.

He’s not the only Oakland defensive lineman hurting, either. Gerard Warren, who leads the team with three sacks and has been a force in the middle since moving into the lineup in Week 3, hasn’t practiced since sustaining a thigh injury during a team drill last Thursday.

Missing two starters up front is not exactly the way the Raiders want to face a potent San Diego offense coming off its most productive game of the year.

“It is what it is,” Raiders coach Lane Kiffin said Thursday. “Guys will need to step up. We’re prepared to go without them. It looks like it’s going to go that way, so we’ll have guys step up just like we would for any of our positions.”

Burgess had 27 sacks over the past two seasons and had hoped to parlay that success into a new deal with the Raiders this past offseason. Instead, he has just one tackle in two games and has not played since leaving the fourth quarter of Oakland’s 23-20 overtime loss to Denver on Sept. 16 with the calf injury.

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