By Jerry McDonald - NFL Writer
Thursday, July 23rd, 2009 at 2:30 pm in Oakland Raiders.
The Raiders released the times of their practices through the first weekend of training camp in Napa, and as expected, they will not have evening sessions.
In training camps under Lane Kiffin, the Raiders would spread out the amount of time between practices by having double sessions at 8:30 a.m. and 7 p.m., always followed the next day by a single practice in the middle of the day.
The reasoning was the time off gave the Raiders more time off to heal, and Kiffin credited the system with keeping the team relatively healthy during training camp under his watch.
With Tom Cable in charge, the Raiders are going old school. They will have double sessions for the first four days of camp, with practices at 8:30 a.m. and 4:20 p.m. on July 30, July 31, Aug. 1 and Aug. 2.
Ordinarly, teams will go in pads for only one of the double sessions.
The team is scheduled to report to the Napa Marriott Tuesday, with Cable available for the first time the Wednesday at noon on the fields at Redwood Middle School behind the hotel. It is at that time Cable will likely update the status of the draft class (they’ll probably all be signed, even if the club doesn’t announce it beforehand) and give updates on which players may not be available to practice due to injury.
The Raiders will have no practices Wednesday, instead having meetings throughout the day to prepare for the double sessions to follow.
Count it as another instance where the Raiders have been de-Kiffinized. Cable also got rid of the music which played during warmups under Kiffin’s watch.
The Raiders released no information beyond the first four days of practice.
The 49ers announced they will be in Napa for double sessions on Aug. 18 and 19 in preparation for the preseason game that week against the Raiders.
Practice sessions are closed to the general public although the Raiders often have groups visiting such as season ticket holders, advertisers and business associates.
The media talks with Cable every day after practice with team members available for interviews after they’re done working out before lunch.