The Raiders will complete the pre-training camp portion of their offseason getting little in the way of development from their top two draft picks, wide receiver Darrius Heyward-Bey and safety Mike Mitchell.
Heyward-Bey pulled up on an out-pattern with an audible groan, clutching his right hamstring early in practice. He did not return, leaving the field with trainer Rod Martin.
As for Mitchell, who missed previous OTAs because NFL rules prohited him for participating before his class at Ohio University had graduated, the hamstring he injured back at the mandatory minicamp remains too sore for him to practice.
Among those players who did not attend included cornerback Nnamdi Asomugha, defensive tackle Tommy Kelly, cornerback Chris Johnson, safety Michael Huff, defensive end Derrick Burgess and quarterback Andrew Walter.
Others who did not participate due to injury included wide receivers Javon Walker and Arman Shields, defensive end Jay Richardson, fullback Oren O’Neal, tight end John Paul Foschi, wide receiver Chaz Schilens and wide receiver Will Franklin.
Defensive end Greg Ellis, in his second day as a Raider after signing as a free agent, lined up at left end and was playing with the first team.
Quarterback Jeff Garcia, who missed the last OTA sessions following the birth of his son, was back at practice and split time evenly with quarterback JaMarcus Russell. Garcia had better success moving the ball against the Oakland second team defense than Russell did against the first team.
Russell said he and his receivers plan to meet at an undisclosed location this offseason to work on their timing.
More news and notes to come later . . .