By Jerry McDonald - NFL Writer
Monday, August 31st, 2009 at 11:26 am in Oakland Raiders.
The following players were not present as the Raiders ended stretching and special teams work to begin practice:
G Marcus Johnson, C Jonathan Compas, WR Shawn Bayes, WR Will Franklin and DT Joe Cohen.
It’s possible the Raiders gave themselves a day’s headstart to reach 75 players.
Among those who were not suited up were S Rashad Baker (stinger) and CB Nnamdi Asomugha (chip fracture). LB Slade Norris (calf) was not on the field, nor was wide receiver Chaz Schilens (broken foot).
Those who looked to have returned to practice are C John Wade (stinger), out for the first preseason game, and DE Matt Shaughnessy (foot sprain). LB Kirk Morrison is suited up, but his left elbow as heavily wrapped and it remains to be seen how much he’ll practice.
Practice closed to the media following stretching and warmups starting today. Will update later after briefing from Cable and player interviews, if available.