Investments take a dip


Quick hits from Wednesday’s late afternoon practice and media session:

— Not a great day for some of the Raiders most high priced investments.

Defensive end Tommy Kelly, recipient of an $18.125 million signing bonus in a deal which could reach $50.5 million, decided was arrested for DUI Sunday night because he didn’t spring for a driver. Kelly practiced and will face the Buffalo Bills Sunday at Ralph Wilson Stadium.

Running back Justin Fargas, who cashed in with a $6 million signing bonus and a $12 million contract after breaking 1,000 yards last year, didn’t practice and almost certainly will not play.

Running back Darren McFadden, who got $26 million guaranteed, watched practice with his right foot in a boot because of turf toe. Coach Lane Kiffin said he believed that McFadden could have played if there were a game Wednesday, but it’s better in these cases to withhold judgment until he actually practices.

Left tackle Kwame Harris, signed during free agency to be the Raiders left tackle, missed practice with a knee injury after being inactive against the Chiefs. He’s probably 50-50 at best to face Buffalo.

Raiders wide receiver Javon Walker couldn’t complete practice because of his hamstring injury and his status remains in doubt _ as it has all season. Walker got $11 millon to sign, has a $1 million salary and may need to rally to receive his $5 million roster bonus in March.

— Kelly faced the music and spoke to the media regarding his arrest, although his sense of remorse didn’t overwhelm anyone. He had been out with some teammates and was driven back to his car, said he expected a driver, and when there wasn’t one, opted to drive anyway.

Kelly said he “probably” made the wrong decision and “severely doubts” it will happen again.

His message from coach Lane Kiffin?

“He was like, `You can’t take that risk. Don’t even do it.’ He understood,” Kelly said. “What you do in your off time you do, but understand teh risk your’ taking. It was a dumb decision on my own. If I could go back I would have probably just left my car at the hotel and got it the next day.”

— Whatever partying Kelly did wasn’t furnished by the team. There is no alcohol served on charter flights.

–Fargas said it seemed strange to be involved in so many violent collisions in between the hash marks only to be injured running by himself along the sidelines.

“Playing this week isn’t likely, but I’m not going to put a time or date on it,” Fargas said. “I’ll be back as soon as possible.”

— Editorial comment _ what the heck was Fargas doing split wide right in a passing formation anyway? He has the worst hands of anyone in the Oakland backfield. Even more ridiculous was that JaMarcus Russell saw Fargas had one-on-one coverage (you think?) and waved him downfield, hoping for a big play.

— The guess here, and it’s only a guess, is Fargas misses the Buffalo and San Diego games, then uses the bye week to rest up before being ready to go again.

— Turf toe can be a lingering issue, so the Raiders will be careful with McFadden. If he experiences pain against the Bills, Michael Bush could be in for 25-plus carries if the game is in doubt, because the remaining two running backs are block-and-catch fullbacks Justin Griffith and Luke Lawton.

“All the nervousness is gone now,” Bush said. “Last year, I was like, ‘man am I not doing something right or what was it?’ Now they throw the whole playbook at you. As long as I stay prepared and
keep going as I’m coached I’ll be fine.”

— If it were determined McFadden’s condition is serious enough to put him in doubt, Louis Rankin would probably be brought up from the practice squad and the Raiders would have to cut a player to make room.

— Walker’s inability to finish practice continues a trend in which the lead receiver has been unable for one reason for another to step up and assume his role. When asking if his continued absence has hurt, Kiffin was frank.

“Yeah, it has. Here’s the guy who was supposed to be the No. 1 receiver when he comes in,” Kiffin said. “Unfortunately he’s had some issues and he’s had the injuries, and here we go again.

“We’re warming up for the game Sunday hoping that he would get to play. He didn’t feel very good then. Today, he comes out, we talked bout it being a big week for him. He played well against Buffalo last year at the start of the year (9 catches, 119 yards).

“I started talking to him yesterday about it, about a big week, this team needs you, then unfortunately, halfway through practice, he can’t go anymore.”

— Kiffin said he has not been told he’s on the verge of being fired, nor has he been told the stories regarding his job status are incorrect.

“It’s someone else’s decision to make. We’ll just keep plugging along until we hear different,” Kiffin said. “The only thing that I don’t like is for our players, they have to deal with this and it’s a distraction. It shows a lot about our group because if you had some different guys, they could take advantage of the situation, all the stuff in the media and the paper, all the reports from our front office that there’s going to be a firing yesterday and today, all that stuff.

“They could take advantage of that situation. ‘We’re not listening to you. We’ve been told, according to the paper, from our front office, that you’re being fired. It’s just a matter of when.’ So, it shows a lot about our guys.”

— Former Dallas Cowboys Jimmy Johnson, who in the past has been a Davis supporter and confidant, was less than complimentary when talking about the Raiders when talking with Fox sports.

“I don’t know that there’s a lot of people who would want to work there. It’s a mess and it’s been a mess for quite some time,” Johnson said. “I just don’t know how anybody functions in that type of atmosphere. They do have some good young players and they showed that this past Sunday. I think eventually this team will be one to be dealt with but as far as being a coach there, being an assistant coach, being someone in administration, it really is a mess. I don’t know that there’s going to be a whole lot of people who would want to work there to be honest with you.”

Chances are Norv Turner gave his old boss in Dallas a less than stellar assessement of what’s going on in Oakland.


Jerry McDonald - NFL Writer

  • Florida Pete


    MR (lives with his mom) is sensitive about talking about his mother…

    be cool…

  • MR

    Agreed on President of Iran and Bush, Brien. Ademijijad (sp) would have to kill thousands of innocent Americans before he caught up to the number of innocent I-r-a-q-i-s Bush killed. President of Iran is a bad person. I don’t support him. But the truth is he’s not as bad as Bush. Doesn’t have as many murders under his belt. The math doesn’t lie.

  • Brien

    Pete I know thus the Oedipus complex

  • Javon Walker’s wallet

    I think Al still lives with his mom to cut down on rent. Al didn’t tell anyone yet that she is dead so he can still collect her social security checks. He uses her walker cuz he thought she wouldn’t need it anymore.

  • MR

    I get along fine with my mother, Florida Pete.

    Brien’s obvious hatred of women makes me wonder what his relationship is like with his mother. If he says it’s fine, fair enough. It must just be from him being rejected so much by women, then.

  • Brien

    Hey MR so we would love to hear the breakdown of the Raiders-Bills matchup………we are still waiting

  • Brien

    Brien<———doesnt get rejected…….gets chose constantly

  • Javon Walker’s wallet

    Al says the Bills will win 51-3 cuz Bo got hurt. Can someone please pick up that damn phone.

  • MR

    Brien, do you honestly think you act like a person who gets “chose constantly” by women? Think anyone would buy that, other than your buddy Florida Pete? Even he doesn’t believe you. He’ll just say he does to make you feel better.

    Brien, you’re a lonely soul. It’s obvious. I’ve never claimed to be a pimp or anything of the like, but I know just by reading you that my dating life isn’t nearly as bad as yours.

  • Dakota

    Hmmm, blog was going along just fine then Brien shows up and it turns into a circus….coincidence?

  • Brien

    Right MR……….you have a dating life? Highly doubt that

  • MR

    Brien, why do you want to hear my breakdown of the Raiders-Bill matchup?

    The topic of this blog entry involves Al Davis pissing away his money. I’m more on topic than you are.

  • Brien

    The “willing” Dakota in the house

  • Brien

    MR all you ever post is about Al Davis this and Al Davis that……..kool aid this and kool aid that

  • El Dirty

    Palin….. Dirty Dirty things to that cougar… roooaar!

  • Brien

    Sup Dakota……….out there campaigning for the GOP with that slick Joe Dirt mullet?

  • Brien

    El Dirty…………you are El Terrible……….but its great!!!

  • El Dirty

    I know I cant help it

  • MR

    Brien, I do date. I do alright. But your hatred of women shows me that about the best you do is desperate, unattractive women with insecurity issues. Their mental instability wears you thin, and rather than facing the fact that these women are screwed up, and that they’re the best you can do because you have zero game and look like a bum, it’s easier for you to just tell yourself that all women are like that. They’re not. But you’d never know. You’re in the pool you’re in. My advice to you would be to improve yourself so a better class of women will attract themselves to you.

  • MR

    Brien, the topic of this blog entry has to do with Al’s foolish spending. I’m on topic. Maybe you need to find a new blog, in which the topics are more oriented toward game breakdowns? It just so happens that this blog’s author has the same outlook on Al Davis and you boneheads as I do.

  • Brien

    Hatred of women? LOL keep reaching MR……reach on….I’ve met more attractive women with mental instability than the unattractive one……..but a gameless guy like yourself has limited experience with the opposite sex so you wouldn’t comprehend that………yawwwwwwwwwwnnnnnnn to the class thing

  • Brien

    Funny shhhhhhit I’m getting dating advice from a guy who more than likely hasn’t had sex in the calendar year

  • Brien

    Entourage sure is on topic………as well as Obama/McCain…yeah you are on topic

  • Brien

    Yesterday the Shield was the topic of the blog

  • Florida Pete


    new topic…

    how many of you think “Dora the Explorer” is hot…


    now go down to the police and turn yourself in…

  • MR

    Brien, no matter what anyone here says, nobody can picture you with anything but an unattractive woman with mental issues. It shows in ever assessment you make about women.

    Also, you never called me out for talking about Entourage or the Shield. you called me out for not breaking down Sunday’s game, as if THAT’S the topic of this blog entry. this entry’s topic is breaking down how dumb of a spender Al Davis is. So my criticism of Davis is far closer to topic than any breakdown of Sunday’s game.

  • RaiderTay

    Good post Dick V (#88). The Raiders are not that far off. If they can get a stud WR in next year’s draft than it will be a whole new ball game.

  • Brien(real one)

    Yawnnnnnnnnnn MR………..I was referring to the TV shows after you talked about being on topic….. MR no one on this blog can picture you with a woman period

  • Brien(real one)

    And what a loser you are to have a “bad” dating life living in Sac!!! There are hella women up there………….pitiful

  • McRaider

    Wow, there is so much footbal knowledge on this board it is incredible…..Not!!!

  • RaiderRockstar

    McRaider #484 – i agree

    too much of people insulting eachother and posting their political views. not enough talk about Raider football


  • darkknight01

    Al Davis would be a perfect inmate at ARKHAM ASYLUM!


  • darkknight01

    Patron Silver,

    Good prediction on the Buffalo game….

  • ron

    same raiders same offense and defensive scheme