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Nnamdi promises he’ll play in opener

Nnamdi Asomugha left no room for gray areas.

The Raiders’ Pro Bowl cornerback and best defensive player vowed he would play when they host the San Diego Chargers on Sept. 14.

Diagnosed with a chip fracture with cartilage damage, Asomugha said there will be no surgery.

“(The doctor) said that there was a fracture and some cartilage damage,” Asomugha said. “Said that it would in the normal world be like six weeks in a cast.”

The NFL, of course, is about as far from the normal world as you can get when it comes to athletes and injuries. Asomugha will probably end up playing in a soft cast, although he’ll wait and see.

“Depends on how it feels at that point,” Asomugha said. “At that point it might feel fine, just based off the rehab where I might not have to wear much.”

The injury could affect Asomugha in terms of being able to use his hands in press coverage against receivers. More likely, Philip Rivers will avoid Asomugha and the bigger problem will be in tackling.

Which is how Asomugha got hurt in the first place against New Orleans in stopping Saints wide receiver Devery Henderson.

“First play of the game, on a reverse, when I went low,” Asomugha said. “I just got kicked. Same way I did my elbow last year.”

Cable said he expected Asomugha to wear a cast and participate in practice in preparation for the game.

“I’m not sure you really have to (limit him with it) in the cast,” Cable said. “He’ll be wanting to prepare for that the right way and all of that as well.”

More news and notes:

– Wide receiver Louis Murphy didn’t finish practice with a foot sprain. Cable said he didn’t think it was serious, while Murphy said it was just a bruise and expected to play.

If Murphy didn’t start, Cable said Javon Walker, and not Johnnie Lee Higgins, would start alongside Darrius Heyward-Bey.

– Murphy said he has put Saturday’s ball security issues in the past.

“The pace of the game hasn’t really changed and the pressure doesn’t bother me,” Murphy said. “The first ball slipped out of my hands, the second was stripped out of my hands and the third was a drop. I really don’t feel it was a big deal. I’ve been working on ball secruity all week_ even more than I usually do.”

– Wide receiver Nick Miller, the undrafted free agent on the bubble at wide receiver along with Todd Watkins and Jonathan Holland, won’t put any added emphasis on what could be his last chance to make the 53-man roster.

“If I go out there like that I’ll be nervous,” Miller said. “If you play out of your game, you’re not going to play well. Every day is like a big practice for me and every practice is like a game.”

– Cable noted the Seattle game was a chance for players to not only make the Raiders roster, but possibly get a look elsewhere as well.

`I think the significance of it is for this team to come back out and again go at playing Raider football the way we want to play it,” Cable said. “Most importantly it’s the opportunity, for a lot of guys, because you put this on film not just for us to look at it but other teams in the league. It’s a pretty big deal.”

– Players lined up after practice for a chance to meet Ice Cube, with quarterback JaMarcus Russell visiting the longest.

– Linebacker Slade Norris (calf) was back in a limited basis, going through warmups and drills, but did not participate in team sessions.

– Cable estimated there are between 40 and 42 players who have the roster made, barring injury.

– Updates on starters and how long they would play will be following the walkthrough Wednesday, Cable said.

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  • exlaraiderseasonticketholder

    Dakota,
    We got a deal if I can obtain Fargus but I think he is untouchable.

  • CJ Legend 34

    Raiders defense better be ready. Tomlinson has a real chip on his shoulder. When a talented dude is trying to prove a point watch out man!

    Why did they not bring up RB Fargas the Oakland Raiders Mid-god of thunder among the greats? NOT!!

    ——————————————————
    Fantasy leagues that used to annoint Tomlinson as nearly an automatic top overall pick aren’t as high on him. But Tomlinson, the league’s rushing champion in 2006 and 2007, isn’t ready to cede the spotlight.

    Here’s what he said about Minnesota’s Adrian Peterson, last year’s rushing champion:

    “Jim Brown was telling Peterson he’s the best runner he’d seen in a long time. I was sitting there reading it thinking, ‘Wow.’

    “The difference with me is you can put me out on that field and there will be nothing I can’t do. I won’t have to come off the field. Adrian has to come off sometimes on third down. Running routes, he’s still not there yet. Great downhill runner, powerful, fast, all that stuff. . .

    “But anything on that field you want me to do — throw it, block — I can do it. That’s what I pride myself on is not having any weaknesses. And that’s what makes me the best back.”

    – Sean Leahy

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  • HayesDaze37

    It’s a great day to be a Raiders fan. Isn’t it?

    C,mon, MR — Say it with me…It’s a GREAT day to be a Raiders fan!

    Talk of trading Garcia is SUPER smart…but, not to any team in the AFC West. That would be lunacy, requiring a complete overhaul of terminology and looks for the Offense. Garcia should go away…traded for a pick/s later, or for a journeyman D-lineman on some team’s S-list. Between Frye, Gradkowski (and Southwick!)…we’ve got enough average talent to backup JaMarcus.

    Garcia a threat to JaMarcus’s job (unless there’s an injury)??? That’s just stupid talk. Since last November, JaMarcus has out-played Garcia at every turn, and on two separate teams. Garcia is getting no better, and JaMarcus still has great potential for improvement. The security-blanket Garcia provided, while we found out JaMarcus really has improved, was worth the purchase. Now, it’s time to sell it at a yard sale.

    Brandon Marshall??? Like this team needs a bigger headache than T.O. and OchoChad. This guy has MULTIPLE run-ins with the law…many of them domestic disturbances. Anybody recall what happened to the great Freddie B’s daughter not too many years ago? Let Brandon Marshall go somewhere else. Let him be great for someone else…right up ’til they run him out of town later, for being the a$$hole we all knew he was all along. Marshall is who we think he is.

    The Burgess trade? That was an EXCELLENT trade by the Old Man. First…ANY player that doesn’t want to be here, and is willing to make a stink over it, needs to go away asap. Moss looks great in New England? So what…once things got tough (before, actually), he refused to even try here. See ya later, Moss. Burgess is a (sometimes great) one-dimensional player, whom the Pats already know they can’t use as an every-down guy. So, we got two picks for Burgess, a guy who necessitates splitting downs with another player, because he can’t stop the run. Ellis looks at least as capable as Burgess, and maybe better all-around. Trade well done, and replacement signing well done.

  • HayesDaze37

    Hey, MR — Did you notice I raised my points prediction for the Raiders this year?

    After our awesome display of Offensive talent the other night…instead of my earlier prediction of 22 points per game…

    I now think this team will score an average of 22.1 points per game.

  • LA to TheBay

    HD37

    611

    Point 1. Dead on
    Point 2. Dead on
    Point 3. Dead on
    Point 4. Dead on

    Good post.

  • Chris in NY

    # LA to TheBay Says:
    September 2nd, 2009 at 11:45 am

    If you’re into the supression of first amendment rights, in favor of torture, like guns, love big business and don’t care to keep any jobs in America, all while politicizing the Justice Dep’t and wire tapping innocent citizens and building a giant wall to seclude us from the rest of the civilized world (which provides free, quality healthcare to all it’s citizens, by the way), or just plain misguided because you vote on some skewed perception morality (for politicians????? LOL!!!!!!!), then, ya I could see how you would lean that way.

    Of course, your alternative on the left has no spine, and while claiming to be champions of the people and civil liberties, still compromise individual freedoms by selling out to big business and other special interest lobbies on Capitol Hill.

    Either, way – you’re f*cked. But hey, we have football.

    America – 1
    Rest of the world – 0

    Take that, France!!!

    ————-

    This post should be required reading for every high school civics class in America. Hell, it should be the entire curriculum. It’s pretty much all you really need to know about current events in this country.

    Sept. 14. Just win baby.

  • http://none The Real MaddenRaider

    Chris, I just saw the sportscenter segment with Schlereth. I agree with him. Got a problem with that?

  • Silver-n-Smac

    # RaiderRockstar Says:
    September 2nd, 2009 at 11:39 am

    Smac: did you see Fargas’ injury history I posted earlier?

    curious to hear your thoughts on that…

    ************************************

    Rockstar:

    Point well taken. I did not know of his previous injuries. But, I guess what I don’t get is why we dwell on his injuries so much. The bottom line for me is that the guy sucks it up and plays through injury the majority of the time and when he’s in there, he’s a tough SOB. Injuries are part of the position for running backs. It’s nothing new. He’s not alone in that regard. Heck, Adrian Peterson could be argued to be more injury-prone.

    If you think he’s not good enough, that’s one thing.

    But, I just think the injuries aren’t worth dwelling on. He gets hurt because he plays so hard.

    And we really have a problem with THAT???

  • http://none The Real MaddenRaider

    Alright, Hayez, 21.1 ppg. I’ve got you marked down. We will discuss this again mid season when we’re averaging about 10 ppg.

  • Silver-n-Smac

    I meant to say I wasn’t aware of his college injuries.

    And he’s been out of college long enough that I don’t see the relevancy now. I think he’s durable enough.

    Furthermore the beauty of having 3 capable backs.

  • Chris in NY

    # The Real MaddenRaider Says:
    September 2nd, 2009 at 11:59 am

    Chris, I just saw the sportscenter segment with Schlereth. I agree with him. Got a problem with that?

    ———————–

    Not at all.

    Why don’t you go buy a Schlereth throwback jersey and become a Donkeys fan while you’re at it?

  • http://none The Real MaddenRaider

    Hayez, why is it a great day to be a Raider fan? What has happened in Alameda to convince me that this team is competing for a Super Bowl? It won’t be a “great day” to be a Raider fan again until that happens. I told you, PLENTY OF TIMES. We win our season opener, we win 3 straight, or we break the 8 win mark, and I’m on board. In the meantime, it’s not a good day to be a Raider fan. It fuggin SUCKS to be a Raider fan. IT’s embarrassing.

  • http://none The Real MaddenRaider

    I hate you guys.

  • http://none The Real MaddenRaider

    Why should I buy a Schlereth jersey, Chris? Because I agree with him? I agree with things that Bill Cowher says, too. Should I buy a Steeler jersey? I agree with Howie Long all of the time, and, already have a Raider jersey. Howie’s, to be exact. I’ve got a Howie and a Marcus. I’ve agreed with a representative of every single team in the league at one point or another. I can’t afford to buy jerseys of all of those teams. Sorry. But your demands are just unrealistic. And your logic is unreasonable. You bother me.

  • http://cosmicdanceband.com Silver-n-Black666

    Garcia was supposed to com in here set teh example by working extra hard to show JaMarcus how its done but the slacker missed almost the entire camp himself.

    I guess even hard working Garcia caught that “I’m a Raider I don’t need to play hard just picking up that paycheck” Attitude.

  • LA to TheBay

    RRS

    I don’t think those injury stats mean a damn thing.

    Okay, Fargas has been playing in the league for six more years than they have.

    If I’m six years older than my nephew, I’m sure I’ll have taken more sh*ts than him.

    I guess my point is, Bush ans DMC don’t have a body of work in the NFL yet to compare to Fargas.

    Which also means Fargas is way more accomplished than the other two.

    When we say we want Bush and DMC, we say so because of what little we’ve seen from them and their potential.

    That being said, I like Fargas, but out of the three, I think we ride Bush the hardest (minds out of the gutter, people).

  • http://none The Real MaddenRaider

    That’s why most people come here, SNB666. An easy paycheck. It’s the rapport Al Davis keeps with veteran players around the league. They know if they come to Oakland they won’t have to work. That’s why real coaches like Gruden and Kiffin have such a tough time here and make so many enemies. The first thing they have to do is clear out the dead wood and get rid of all of the dinosaurs here for their siesta. It took Gruden 3 years to do it.

  • RaiderRockstar

    new post MR, you fa66ot

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