By Jerry McDonald - NFL Writer
Wednesday, July 29th, 2009 at 12:46 pm in Oakland Raiders.
Fighting through some connection problems with both the blog and Twitter, but here’s a few notes from Tom Cable’s press briefing Wednesday:
– Derrick Burgess is a no-show. Cable declined to elaborate on whether Burgess would essentially show or be traded, but said Greg Ellis is the starting left end.
– Arman Shields, a fourth-round draft pick, failed his physical and was waived. He never got healthy enough after the club insisted he was healthy when they picked him out of Richmond.
– Darrius Heyward-Bey is in the Bay Area and Cable hopes he’ll have his contract signed in time to be at practice Thursday.
– Robert Gallery will miss two to three weeks following an emergency appendectomy. Paul McQuistan and Chris Morris will be at left guard to open camp.
– None of the first four practices will be in pads. They will be “learning intensive,” heavily in installation and choreography.
– It has not been determined whether Javon Walker or Oren O’Neal will be able to start practice _ even in “learning intensive” workouts or if anyone will be placed on PUP. Those designations will come soon.
– Cable thought last year’s morning-night-afternoon sequence made the team soft and wants the team in the heat. Hence, no lights.
– Stryker Sulak was cut because it was determined he “wasn’t a fit” after they say him play. No problems off the field. “He’s a great kid,” Cable said.
– There are no plans to bring in Michael Vick. Cable said he’s interested in Vick personally because he knows him, but doesn’t see what he would add to the team.
– Mario Henderson will get the first cract at starting at left tackle.
– Andrew Walter could get his wish and be on his way out. Cable said his “situation” would be resolved in the next 24 to 48 hours.
More to come later . . .