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Cable pleased with practice rebound

JaMarcus Russell has met the enemy _ and it wasn’t the New Orleans Saints.

“You know how they say you shoot yourself in the foot?,” Russell said Monday following the Raiders’ practice session. “I think our foot would be off by now.”

Since the Raiders were able to practice without their entire team sidelined by self-inflicted buckshot wounds, we can assume the damage was only to their psyche. Coach Tom Cable was of the opinion he horror of a 45-7 beatdown in front of the home fans was motivation in itself.

“Right now I am excited about the fact that we really show a lot of remorse about, one,our effort, just a lack of attention to detail, all the things that we put out on the field,” Cable said. We talked about being embarrassed about it but we’re taking responsibility for it. I think that’s a big step for us.”

Cable said he didn’t need to remind many people of what happened.

“This was not like in the past, where it was been almost rying to pull it back out of ‘em,” Cable said.

More news, notes and quotes:

– Maybe I’m reading too much into it, but Cable’s reaction when asked about the “chip fracture” sustained by Nnamdi Asomugha makes it sound as if it could be worse than it was portrayed following the game. Asomugha watched practice from the sideline, then was off to see a specialist.

“We don’t have any update. We should have something tomorrow,” Cable said. “(We) just want to make sure the chip is not displaced or anything like that.”

When asked if surgery was a possibility, Cable said, “We don’t know that . . . they’re going this afternoon with a specialist to see exactly what the procedure will be.

Cable caught himself whenhe realized how “procedure” sounded, and added, “When I say procedure, I mean in terms of rehabbing it so we don’t know anything it.”

Asomugha was injured making a tackle on the Saints’ second offensive play.

– Let’s go ahead and assume Samson Satele, signed to be the replacement for Jake Grove, hasn’t worked out as expected.

Not when Cable said Satele is in a three-way race with John Wade and Chris Morris to be the starting center. And Wade took the field for the first time since Aug. 13 after recovering from a stinger.

There are things that I like and there are some things I don’t feel like he’s getting it quick enough,” Cable said of Satele, noting that line calls have been a problem.

Said Satele: I’m comfortable. I’ve got the offense down, but I’m still learning on the way, still have a lot to learn, and I’m more comfortable than I first was.”

Morris said his first task is always to be ready at both guard positions and center, and that he’s entering his fourth season because of that versatility. But he also noted, “Shoot, I’m looking to start. That’s what all three of us are trying to do right now.”

Satele, as well as the right side of the line with Cooper Carlisle and Cornell Green, have been shaky through three games, although Carlisle and Green appear secure as starters.

– Safety Mike Mitchell, with one more good day of rehab on his pulled hamstring, could make it back to practice Wednesday. At least that what he’s hoping.

“I wanted to play this Thursday, but they said the opener is more important, which it is,” Mitchell said. “So, that’s now my focus. I’m for sure going to play in the opener. It’s been almost three weeks now, and I’m almost at 100 percent. I really wanted to try to get some game experience before that game, but it’s what I got to do. And I’ll be ready for it when it comes.”

Although Mitchell hurt his hamstring before his first Pro Day, in minicamp and again at training camp, he said he is not concerned it will happen again.

“I’m not going to be going out there worrying about my hamstring,” Mitchell said. “I’m going to go out there and play. If it happens again, it happens again. But the way I feel right now, I feel strong, moving good, I don’t see it happening again.”

– Exactly how Mitchell will be used, should he return, remains to be seen. He arrived to the Raiders late because his Ohio University class hadn’t graduated, and twice he’s been hurt.

Mitchell conceded he would probably get a lot of special teams work because Tyvon Branch has established himself as the starting strong safety.

Cable said it would be possible to integrate Mitchell into some specialty packages in the secondary before the opener.

– Sounds as if Chris Johnson has pulled away in the competition to start opposite Asomugha (assuming Asomugha is good to go for the opener.

“Chris has had a terrific camp,” Cable said. “Stanford has had a couple of struggles.”

– Cable said he hadn’t yet determined how much starters would play against Seattle Thursday night. He did say defensive end Matt Shaughnessy, who missed both the 49ers and Saints games with a foot sprain, would get significant playing time.

– Linebacker Kirk Morrison put on his uniform and a cumbersome brace to protect dislocated left elbow, but didn’t practice in team sessions. He won’t face Seattle but expects to play in Week 1.

– The Raiders cut wide receivers Shawn Bayes and Will Franklin, defensive tackle Joe Cohen, center Jonathan Compas and guard Marcus Johnson. Teams have to be at 75 players Tuesday.

– Shane Lechler isn’t practice and won’t kick against Seattle but is expected to be ready for the opener. S Rashad Baker (stinger), LB Slade Norris (calf strain), CB Justin Miller (turf toe), RB Justin Fargas (hamstring), WR Chaz Schilens (broken foot), T Khalif Barnes (ankle) all joined Asomugha and Mitchell on the sidelines.

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  • RaiderRockstar

    Chaz Schilens & Khalif Barnes out.

    Asomugha likely out. Mitchell & Walker limited.

    our offense better score some points or this game will be over by halftime. I expect SD to score at least 28 points (hopefully no scores on defense or ST on top of that!)

    Cable better get the ball into the hands of our playmakers. That means a heavy dose of Zach Miller, McFadden, Bush and Higgins. That being said I expect Fargas to start with Louis Murphy getting the most passes thrown his way …

  • tazZraider

    mornin nation!

    all i gotta say is its ridiculous how al’s had total contol of this team the past years and everything is his way.

  • Gust372

    SD’s going to play the pass and force us to run, rockstar. Why wouldn’t they? They’d have to want to lose to do otherwise. They’re going to come after Russell big time. We have to run the ball, slow the game down and keep it low scoring. Try and keep our offense off of the field. I don’t think we’d beat them in a shootout. Not with our pass blocking.

  • Gust372

    Excuse me, try and keep our defense off the field, is what I meant.

  • RaiderRockstar

    This could be a massacre. Our only hope is a shootout.

    ***

    thats what I’m saying. CJ & Routt will be fine, but Routt gets beat at least twice for big gains and/or scores per game. Hope he’s on Chambers and not Vincent Jackson

    Rashad Baker will probably be the nickel DB and Huff in on dime. not sure how many 3rd down attempts they’ll have though if Tomlinson & Sproles both average over 5 yards per carry!

  • Gust372

    ESPN’s reporting that Nnamdi’s out 2 weeks. I know you guys hate them but their reports are almost always right.

  • Gust372

    ESPN has sources farther inside every team than local reporters do. Their reports are always right. If they’re saying Nnamdi’s out for two games, he is. Teams will deny ESPN’s reports, local reporters will question them, they always wind up right. Their sources are mostly former players and coaches who talk on the phone with players, coaches, and even GMs. You don’t get better sources than that. Period.

  • RaiderRockstar

    Gust: San Diego loves to bring the heat, which makes thier DB’s vulnerable

    1st down – run blitz
    2nd down – run blitz
    3rd down – pass blitz

    that’s what I expect to see much of. Our hope is for the o-line and whoever else (RB, FB or TE) to give Russell enough time for a dumpoff pass to Miller (in 2 TE sets) or McFadden (besides single back) we might try a deep ball early to Heyward-Bey or Higgins, try to keep them honest. If Russell can’t get the ball out, isn’t accurate or the WR’s can’t catch it won’t matter. they’ll stack 8 in the box and dare us to run. We haven’t been able to run against thier Jamal Williams’ lead D-Line for years.

  • Gust372

    Our o line isn’t going to give him the time, rockstar. I don’t deal with hope. I deal with realistic scenarios. We have to slow the game down. I don’t know why I said earlier that our only hope is a shootout because there’s no way we’re shooting it out with SD. Our O line is not there yet. And, Cable has only made them better run blockers. So why not play to that strength? Because Cable isn’t running the team.

  • Chris in NY

    # Gust372 Says:
    September 1st, 2009 at 11:11 am

    ESPN has sources farther inside every team than local reporters do. Their reports are always right. If they’re saying Nnamdi’s out for two games, he is. Teams will deny ESPN’s reports, local reporters will question them, they always wind up right. Their sources are mostly former players and coaches who talk on the phone with players, coaches, and even GMs. You don’t get better sources than that. Period.

    ———————

    Are you joking? ESPN always jumps the gun on its reports. Not saying that’s the case with this one, but they’re FAR, FAR, FAR from 100% accurate.

    Also, I saw this report on the ESPN site and it wasn’t clear that Nnamdi would miss the opener. It said he’d be out two weeks. Does that mean two reg. season games? The last preseason game and the opener? Or just this week’s practice/preseason game and next week’s practice leading to the opener? The opener is a full two weeks from yesterday.

  • http://http://www.mensa.org/ Albert Bigelow Paine

    Should I even bother watching the opener? It’s looking like another Monday night embarassament is on the way.

  • Richochet

    Gust372 Says:
    September 1st, 2009 at 11:11 am
    ESPN has sources farther inside every team than local reporters do. Their reports are always right. If they’re saying Nnamdi’s out for two games, he is. Teams will deny ESPN’s reports, local reporters will question them, they always wind up right. Their sources are mostly former players and coaches who talk on the phone with players, coaches, and even GMs. You don’t get better sources than that. Period.
    ================================
    Somewhere in ESPN, someone has printed the above out, and everyone sat around, laughing, pointing, and saying “Can you believe this guy? They told us there are those out there that believe this, but until this, I just thought they were blowing smoke. Ok, quick, who has a bridge we can sell this guy?”

    You know..if they’re weren’t gullible people, we wouldn’t have any use for the word, gullible.

  • Gust372

    Chris, give me an example of when ESPN is wrong with their reports. Mind you, I’m talking about news reports, not commentary or opinions. But reports. Their reports are almost always right, despite being denied by teams and having local reporters trying to play the fence and question them. ESPN employees a crack squad of former players and coaches who have insiders at every team, including the Raiders. That pipeline is more powerful than any resources the local outlets have. IBA’s saying maybe Nnamdi’s out. ESPNs’ saying he is. He is. Trust me.

  • RaiderRockstar

    Our O line is not there yet. And, Cable has only made them better run blockers. So why not play to that strength? Because Cable isn’t running the team

    ***

    I think SD will stack the box and force Russell to beat them with his arm. I’m not sure Russell is ready to put this team on his back and beat a playoff calibur football club – especially one that has owned us for 6 straight years. Everybody and thier brother knows that the Raiders want to run the football with McFadden, Bush & Fargas. Russell is still unproven and is without his #1 WR. They aren’t worried about our passing game. who would be? We finished 31st in that category last year!

  • Gust372

    Richochet, your turn. Give me one example of ESPN bungling an NFL report. They rarely do it. You can argue using sarcasm and ridicule all you want, because you know you have no argument to refute my point. Weak.

  • AZ Raider

    21 Out for opener. Great…

  • Norco Bob

    21 or not, its a major loss,..huge blowout. 21 in game wouldnt matter.

  • Gust372

    rockstar, norv turner has coached here. he knows the deal. The raiders will not run the ball, so why stack the box? They’re going to play the pass and come after Russell.

  • Norco Bob

    my alameda guy told me the raiders are already conceding the opener. wont play 21.

  • Norco Bob

    garcia should start that game…at least it wouldnt shell shock russell him bein on sidelines.

  • Gust372

    Man, that fire in LA is ugly.

  • Norco Bob

    russell is such a fragile baby the ass whuppin sd will lay on him will linger all year, possibly all career. dont play him.

  • CJ Legend 34

    Jerry has not been able to put up a new post yet because he is still crying over the news.
    —————————————————

    Raiders All-Pro cornerback Nnamdi Asomugha will miss the season opener against the San Diego Chargers with chipped bone in his left wrist, ESPN reported Tuesday morning.

    Asomugha will miss Thursday’s preseason finale against Seattle as well as Oakland’s season opener on Sept. 14 against the Chargers. Citing a Raiders team source, ESPN Asomugha will be sidelined two weeks but there’s concern that his injury will be bothersome throughout the season.

  • OAKlifer

    Dec 3, 2007 … Jon Gruden labeled an (expletive) lie to a report from ESPNs Chris Mortensen that QB Jeff Garcia has a hairline fracture in his back.

    “”I don’t know why (Mortensen) would say that unless he got the X-rays himself,” Gruden said.”

    Mort is always wrong and so is A.S he is a punk

    “No, I don’t (have a fracture). What does Chris Mortensen know?” Garcia said. “I don’t know if he knows his head from his tail sometimes.”

    There is plenty more on line but it is my lunch time…

  • AZ Raider

    RaiderRockstar Says:
    September 1st, 2009 at 11:07 am
    This could be a massacre. Our only hope is a shootout.

    ***

    thats what I’m saying. CJ & Routt will be fine, but Routt gets beat at least twice for big gains and/or scores per game. Hope he’s on Chambers and not Vincent Jackson

    Rashad Baker will probably be the nickel DB and Huff in on dime. not sure how many 3rd down attempts they’ll have though if Tomlinson & Sproles both average over 5 yards per carry!
    ………………………………………………

    I’d start Huff over Routt any day. Routt sucks a ball.

  • RaiderRockstar

    Gust: I’m sure SD knows they can beat Cooper Carlisle & Cornell Green without blitzing a safety.

    However, I don’t expect them to play nickel & dime all game long and give us a shot at ripping them a new one on the ground like the Vikings did without a QB either.

    Everyone in the football world is predicting the Raiders to be a Top 10 rushing team, not a Top 10 passing team. I think they’ll try to stop the run, since our passing game doesn’t pose a threat – that would make the most sense

  • beeecham

    Hey it’s Baby Albert Bigelow! I haven’t seen you whining around here in weeks. I guess with school starting and all, you’ve been busy picking out just the right lunch box to impress the 11th grade chicks.

    After all, if you’re going to stand out from the other pimply 10th graders you’ve gotta have a cool box to match your new haircut.

    Baby Albert, you will be excited to know that we have a new freaky adolescent on the blog – probably around your age – named Lil Ricky. His favorite holiday ever is Halloween and he can pound a case of Monster energy drinks in about 15 minutes.

    You know that poor kid Tweek from South Park? Ricky is him wired x15. He’s only had about an hour of sleep in the past 2 weeks and chewed his toenails off this morning before breakfast.

    Anyway, welcome back Baby Albert, you silly little dweeb!

  • Gust372

    Norco I wonder who wanted Garcia here. If it was Al, then he likely just wanted Garcia to keep another team from getting him. If it was Cable, who knows? We could have a coup in the works. Another Gruden/Kiffin. I hope so. Cable did knock out an assistant known for being a Davis brown nose. Let’s hold the good thought. Im’ thinking maybe Cable is sabotaging Russell with horrible playcalling to get Garcia in there. It’s a crappy thing to do, but it could be a necessary evil. Russell is not an NFL quarterback. So the more he overachieves, the longer it takes to get a real long term plan in motion. The sooner he fails, the sooner things can get moving.

  • esm69

    @TW:

    you live out in donkeyland too?

    thornton here

    anyhow, it’s always a good day when the donkeys are crap…tends to take away the pain from watching the raiders falling to crap…again

  • RaiderRockstar

    I’d start Huff over Routt any day. Routt sucks a ball.

    ***

    start Huff at corner ???

    If you didn’t want Routt in there and Nnamdi is hurt our starter is probably Justin Miller (like the Tampa game last year)

  • Florida Pete

    Richochet: Many, including myself, hope he’s around for another 30 years

    Can you figure out why?

    ::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::

    because your gay???

    was i the first???

    what do i win???

  • LA to TheBay

    You guys should read Schefter’s report. Says he’ll be out for two weeks, not out through week 2.

    If thats 2 weeks starting yesterday, when his injury was evaluated, expect Aso to play in the opener, hes a gamer and everyone on the planet knows we need him.

  • http://www.blogcdn.com/www.fanhouse.com/media/2008/04/desmond-howard-425-sm.jpg Bo Schembechler Jackson

    Aso will be out there against SD. He may not be as effective, but he’ll play.

    And why worry? Bowie and Routt are just as good.

    Muhahahahahahahaha. Gallows humor.

  • AZ Raider

    I’d still start Huff… Yes at CB. Miller can’t cover and Routt taught Miller how NOT to cover, so Imma go with Huff. At least we know he can cover. Can’t read or break on a ball, but if you give him 1 guy to cover, he can do a decent job. Routt looks like Clements covering JLH in preseason no matter who he is covering. If Routt starts oposite he give up 14 points by himself garanteed. I have no faith in him other than to cover the slot.

  • Kirk

    I would take Justin Miller at corner over Routt. He played well last year.

  • RaiderRockstar

    Nevermind. Justin Miller has turf toe (Jerry’s article above) – remember what a pain that was for C Wood ???

  • AZ Raider

    Gives Nick Miller a chance to shine returning kick-offs though. And maybe, just maybe Huff at CB. Be funny if we found out Huff is another shut down corner LOL and after all this failure at saftey. Won’t happen though, but it would be funny.

  • http://media-2.web.britannica.com/eb-media/63/60563-004-52A399D4.jpg Dakota

    new post

  • AZ Raider

    God knows we are gonna be returning alot of kicks Sept 14th LOL.

  • RaiderRockstar

    yeah. what idiots we would look like forcing a shutdown corner to play at strong safety. LOL!

    I think Justin Miller’s injury opens a door for Rashad Baker, Darrick Brown or John Bowie to make the team – not Nick Miller. and that’s only if Justin lands on IR … Rankin & Higgins can also be used on kick returns

  • http://Raiders.com RaiderTW

    esm69, yeah, I’m out in Aurora, I still expect to collect on my bets with the Donkeys. Man, they are worse than us!!!

    I heard that Calif is so broke & mismanaged that Arnold decided to burn it down and collect the insurance!!!
    lol

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