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PRO FOOTBALL DAILY REPORT : AFC : Hostetler Ready, but White Cautious

Associated Press

Oakland Raider quarterback Jeff Hostetler insists he’s ready to play. Coach Mike White is not so sure.

Hostetler, whose throat was injured during a 27-0 loss to Denver on Oct. 16 and sat out a 30-17 victory over Indianapolis six days later, spoke in a normal voice Wednesday and said he feels good.

“I got clearance yesterday,” he said. “I had a fractured larynx, that’s basically what it was. I don’t think it’s going to bother me at all. I’m ready to go.”

The Raiders (6-2), who had a bye last weekend, play the Cincinnati Bengals (3-5) on Sunday at Riverfront Stadium.

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When asked if he was concerned he might be hit in his throat again, Hostetler said, “No, not at all.”

White, meanwhile, said Hostetler has to pass one more test before he will be declared the starter. And White said his understanding was the clearance Hostetler received Tuesday was to practice Wednesday.

“I think we have to have both quarterbacks ready,” White said.

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Indianapolis quarterback Jim Harbaugh, who suffered an injured groin in the Colts’ victory over the New York Jets, is listed as questionable for Sunday’s AFC East showdown with Buffalo.

Harbaugh, whose AFC-leading 101.0 quarterback rating is second in the league, was mainly a spectator on the practice field Wednesday while doing limited throwing.


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