By Jerry McDonald - NFL Writer
Monday, August 31st, 2009 at 3:33 pm in Oakland Raiders.
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.