OAKLAND, CA - AUGUST 13: Safety Michael Huff #24 of the Oakland Raiders celebrates after making an interception against the Dallas Cowboys during the preseason game at Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum on August 13, 2009 in Oakland, California. (Photo by Jed Jacobsohn/Getty Images)
The Oakland Raiders should not expect honors and congratulations on weeks after their defense has given up 431 yards passing to Philip Rivers and 506 overall yards to the San Diego Chargers.
But this week, it's mazel tov to the Raiders defense nonetheless. Raiders.com announced that safety Michael Huff has been named AFC Defensive Player of the Week.
In the 2007 season, Huff had one sack and one fumble recovery for the whole year. He'd previously been considered a bust and was nearly cut last year in Raiders training camp.
Joe Kukura is a freelance writer who hopes to be recovering from a literary reading when the Raiders play the 49ers Sunday.