OAKLAND, Calif. -- Fans attending Oakland's regular season home opener against Seattle Sunday should have no trouble finding the Raiders' bench -- just look for something that looks like a hospital ward.
In the past four weeks, four starters from last year's Super Bowl squad have fallen.
Mike Davis, the man whose interception of a Brian Sipe pass in last year's league finale sent the Raiders to the Super Bowl, is the lastest to fall. Davis broke the fibula in his right leg Monday night in the Raiders' 36-10 victory over the Minnesota Vikings.
Oakland coach Tom Flores said the young cornerback could return in five weeks, but feared it would be much longer. Flores said he thought the club would keep Davis on the active roster instead of the injured reserve list to avoid any delays in getting Davis back on the field when he is ready.
Flores' decision to keep Davis on the roster may have been influenced by the outstanding performance put in by Davis' replacement, Odis McKinney, who accounted for three quarterback sacks Monday night.
If the roster move holds true, the Raiders will go into Sunday's contest against the Seahawks with just 43 players -- two under the 45-player limit -- available for action.
Flores has also apparently decided to keep wide receiver Bob Chandler on the active roster. Chandler is recovering in Denver from surgery to remove a ruptured spleen.
Chandler may be able to return as field goal ball holder in three weeks, Flores said, but it may be a few weeks more before his tender abdomen can take the kind of pounding he's exposed to as a receiver.
Joining Chandler and Davis on the injury list are Bob Nelson, a starting linebacker who was lost for the season with a shoulder injury, and Reggie Kinlaw, who had to undergo knee surgery to repair weakened ligaments after the last pre-season game.