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Cameo for Russell, offense

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News and notes following Tom Cable’s press briefing Friday before the Raiders boarded a plane to Seattle:

— If all goes as planned, quarterback JaMarcus Russell will get a series or two and then begin preparing for the opener against San Diego on Sept. 14. Same with most of the first team offense.

Jeff Garcia will relieve Russell, Bruce Gradkowski will play into early in the third quarter, with Charlie Frye finishing up.

Gradkowski vs. Frye is one of what Cable termed, “one of the great battles that will go on Thursday night,” and give the coach credit _ he said it with a straight face.

— LB Slade Norris, recovering from a calf strain, is expected to play, as is S Michael Huff (quad), CB/KR Justin Miller (turf toe) WR Louis Murphy (bruised foot) and DE Matt Shaughnessy (foot sprain).

— Those who won’t play include CB Nnamdi Asomugha (wrist), WR Chaz Schilens (foot), T Khalif Barnes (ankle), RB Justin Fargas (hamstring), S Mike Mitchell (hamstring), C John Wade (stinger), LB Kirk Morrison (elbow), LB Isaiah Ekejiuba (shoulder), S Rashad Baker (stinger) and P Shane Lechler.

— Cable said he’ll name a starter at running back next week while a the same time saying game planning will have a lot to do with who plays.

He said Fargas’ hamstring is sore enough that he couldn’t play Thursday night, but that he could be OK if there were a game Sunday and that he will ready for certain against San Diego.

— Regardless, it will be a heavy dose of Louis Rankin and Gary Russell agianst the Seahawks to make sure McFadden and Bush are ready for Week 1.

— Mitchell is expected to join his teammates on the field next week for the first time since Aug. 11 when he pulled his hamstring.

— Best estimates have Barnes available by Week 2 or 3.

— Wade, who practiced for one day before being proclaimed a candidate to start at center, sat out for the second straight day and Cable said “it’s not enough yet” regarding his recovery.

— With half-filled venues at home and a fairly friendly environment at Candlestick Park, the Seattle game offers at least a simulation of a hostile venue.

“We’ll have to work on our cadence, managing the game, all those things,” Cable said.

Coming later: Position-by-position roster breakdown heading into preseason finale . . .

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  • Bo Schembechler Jackson Says:
    September 2nd, 2009 at 1:28 pm
    Al Davis voted for Obama.
    ______________________________

    See, Al can’t hire anyone decent. Callahan, Shell, Norv, Kiffin, Cable, Obama…yikes.

  • LA to TheBay

    “Al Davis voted for Obama. So did Danny Southwick.”

    Lol.

    I’m willing to bet Ice Cube did as well.

    I’m with Dakota, let’s pay him 10 mil and line his Disney @$$ up at RDE.

  • The Real MaddenRaider Says:
    September 2nd, 2009 at 1:32 pm
    Dakota, we’re eventually going to create government ran companies in green industries. The private sector will have the choice of competing, or sinking. It’s their choice.
    ______________________________

    Jezuz, Joseph and Mary! With that lovely thought, I am off to do some work….

  • Norco Bob

    Kell,..you still in here trying to convince others you arent completely insane?…lol…do you sit in front of your computer, wringing your hands in thought of your next post?…try a beer and a joint bro, its your only chance to bust out of your Hell.

  • El Dirty

    Hello Nation!

    I see everyone is HAPPY! Go Raiders! LIVE LONG AL! BEAT THE DOLTS! BLAH BLAH BLAH! I cant even fake it. Sorry

  • Dakota, what death of health care reform? Obama has 7 years to get it passed. Do you honestly think he won’t get it done in that time? This is round one. And, he might even get it this time around. Justice Souter is also talking retirement. Another supreme court appointee. If it’s a minority, I think your tea bag buddies are finally going to lose it.

  • Raiders13LA

    Raider-405 Says:
    September 2nd, 2009 at 1:26 pm
    I am still convinced that Mike Mitchell will be on IR before we see him lined up.

    He has all the physical tools, just not the technique or feel for the position.

    Doesnt matter how good your highlight real is, if you are at a mid-major (closer to DII) and you cant make honorable mention at your position…. what does that tell you about the plays NOT shown in that high light reel

    Raider-405,
    Are you a Raider Fan? Your f**ken negitive. He his just what this team needs a HARD HITTING S. or DB what ever the Raiders deside. I havent seen the a hit like those by mitchell in a long time.

  • Rockstar, it’s funny hearing you talk about morals and values. You probably fly a confederate flag. You probably wish the Civil War had gone the other way.

  • Americans are smart enough to know who got us in this mess, too bad Dakotaks’s memory is so short.

  • Dakota, government ran companies actually operate better than the private sector, especially now. Especially since Wall Street’s dominated the private sector. When right wingers like Dakota complain about government agencies and how their operated, they’re really just complaining about blacks working at the post office. Keep drilling them on it, they’ll eventually admit it.

  • I think your tea bag buddies are finally going to lose it.
    ———
    They’ve all ready lost it, tht’s why they areteabaging each other.

  • Raiders13LA

    The Real MaddenRaider Says:
    September 2nd, 2009 at 1:30 pm
    OAKlifer, I know this is a Raider blog, and we should be talking Raiders. Guilty. But did you ever think that the reason why these political conversations drown out the Raiders conversation is because there’s really nothing interesting going on with the Raiders’ right now? I mean, they don’t look good. If the Raiders were coming off of a playoff year, Oak, I guarantee you we’d all be talking Raiders right now. You can figure it out.

    ***********************************************
    Go talk on some other Blog if you want to talk about boring political conversations! why even get on here if thats how you feel?
    GO RAIDERS…………….

  • TW, I mean lose it as in they’re finally going to make their move, know what I mean? It’ll be fun to watch on the news, that’s for sure.

  • Raiders13LA, don’t tell me what to do, stupid net banger.

  • Gang banging doesn’t belong here, either, Raiders”13″LA. Stupid little punk.

  • they’re finally going to make their move
    ——-
    The only move they know how to make is lay on their backs with their mouths open.

  • Ha ha haaaa, RaiderTW.

  • Norco Bob

    MR,..you really have that much love for the government?…lol…dang…thats welfare case mentality….f*ck the government. They have fooled you bud, not me…and they never have.

  • LAtothebay, again, I guarantee you that if the Raiders were coming off of a winning season, and were actually a competitor in today’s NFL, we’d all be talking Raiders. It is what it is.

  • Raiders13LA

    I hope Cable Puts Mitchell on ant–GAY–ino Gates. ON the 14th. He can cover that sum bag, and put him on check.

  • LA to TheBay

    Despite not being much of a regular, I would say we can get away with the political back and forth only because a lot of us are in here every day and there’s only so much football we can talk with out going crazy.

  • Norco Bob

    LA,..no,..theres just alot of idiots in here that think they know about politics, but they dont,..they are just lost souls waiting for the government to give them their block of cheese.

  • Norco, government ran companies are more reliable than the private sector. Fact. And it’s funny hearing a drug addict telling me he hasn’t been fooled. Pop another one, space man.

  • I have no use for a block of cheese, Norco Bob.

  • Dakota Says:
    September 2nd, 2009 at 1:30 pm
    Bo,

    Oh yes, green practices…at the expense of what? Jobs. Do you really think American manufacturing companies will just sit there and eat the expense? You are a smart guy, and you know damned well that companies will either uproot for countries that do not have the same punishing restrictions or pass those costs on to the consumer.

    Cap and Trade will die the same death as health care reform

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

    Wrong. The government is creating an incentivized marketplace for NEW green busineeses to make money. It follows the same model of the internet boom, which was fueled by government (defense) investment/research in the underlying technology.

    The role of responsible government is to channel market forces for the greater good. Once cap and trade is in place many NEW business opportunities will open up because the gov’t created the demand.

    Econ 101

    Also, can’t you learn from history? Only ONE party has produced economic growth in the last 20 years – guess which it is.

  • Health care should not be for profit anymore than the Police & fire dept.

  • OAKlifer

    OAKlifer, I know this is a Raider blog, and we should be talking Raiders. Guilty.

    Good Point…..

    If the Raiders were coming off of a playoff year, Oak, I guarantee you we’d all be talking Raiders right now. You can figure it out.

    Good Point……

  • they are just lost souls waiting for the government to give them their block of cheese.
    ——–
    I’m sure your cheese is in your underwear.

  • El Dirty

    Wow I hadn’t seen anything on Mike Mitchell. I hope he can stay healthy.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X0e4yTwmHyc

  • OAKlifer

    I wish I could collect goverment “cheese”

    Like Nachos I get I get cheese and chips ya dont got none I dnt need ya b1tch…….

  • RaiderRockstar

    Gradkowski vs. Frye is one of what Cable termed, “one of the great battles that will go on Thursday night,” and give the coach credit _ he said it with a straight face.

    ***

    Interesting. According to David White & Jerry Mac, Frye has been our most impressive QB this offseason (outside of the intern Danny Southwick of course). He faces his former team and the new coach who ousted him the first chance he could get.

    Gradkowski signed with Oakland much earlier than Frye and has some experience with QB coach Paul Hackett (Tampa) as well. Gradkowski always enters the preseason games before Frye, but according to Jerry Mac doesn’t have the strongest arm and can’t make all the throws

    who is it going to be Nation ???

  • RaiderTW Says:
    September 2nd, 2009 at 1:47 pm
    Health care should not be for profit anymore than the Police & fire dept.

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

    Amen. Or the Post Office.

    Studies of health care systems regularly show that the best run AND most cost effective is the GOVT RUN VA SYSTEM. Ask vets if thats socialism.

    Of course the VA only works for the lucky few vets who the Repubs couldn’t screw out of their benefits.

  • Norco Bob

    f*ck the government,..famously corrupt and inept,..but if youre into that its your choice…but the government isnt better then private sector in anything and they prove it all the time.

  • Raiders13LA

    The Real MaddenRaider Says:
    September 2nd, 2009 at 1:40 pm
    Gang banging doesn’t belong here, either, Raiders”13″LA. Stupid little punk.
    *********************************************

    What ever you say Buddy. LMAO! Go Ahead and Talk your Bull about your lovely curupted government.

    People agree with me not you here. This is a Raider Blog. Not government Blog.

    Tell Me where to meet you at any Raider game if you want to start talking shit. 13 happens to be my favorite number. Let me know kid…

  • 13 as in the letter M?

    So weak and played out.

  • Raiders13LA

    Bo Schembechler Jackson Says:
    September 2nd, 2009 at 1:56 pm
    13 as in the letter M?

    So weak and played out.

    Who Asked you? GO Raiders……..

  • OAKlifer

    who is it going to be Nation ???

    Frye it is!!!!!!!

  • Raiders13LA

    I want to to see the RAIDER HEADS AT EVERY GAME THIS SEASON… THEY ARE BAD ASS AND TRUTH RAIDER FANS!

  • Raiders13LA

    OAKlifer Says:
    September 2nd, 2009 at 1:59 pm
    who is it going to be Nation ???

    Frye it is!!!!!!!
    *****************I think Frye. he seems more determemed! That game against the 49ers show it.

  • Raiders13LA

    Who here has seem the (RAIDER HEADS) Play before the game while tailgating?

    comments anyone?

  • Florida Pete

    Raiders13LA Says:
    September 2nd, 2009 at 1:35 pm

    Are you a Raider Fan? Your f**ken negitive. He his just what this team needs a HARD HITTING S. or DB what ever the Raiders deside. I havent seen the a hit like those by mitchell in a long time.

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

    i haven’t seen Mitchell hit at all…

    oh… you’re talking about that highlight film on youtubes???

    does that schit even count???

  • OAKlifer

    The M Word!!!!!!

    AKA Mike Mitchell

    So should I call him The 13 Word…

    Im confused……

  • OAKlifer

    REpost:

    OAKlifer Says:
    September 2nd, 2009 at 1:10 pm
    Raiders13LA Says:
    September 2nd, 2009 at 1:06 pm
    If you Want to see a Slepping Raider Beast Watch This Video………..

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-EGBHUVpz08

    ***********

    That is exciting but scary at the same time I counted only five or six different plays in that whole clip its just different angles……….

  • Raiders13LA

    i haven’t seen Mitchell hit at all…

    oh… you’re talking about that highlight film on youtubes???

    does that schit even count???
    **************************************************

    Ahhh… yea! have you heard of Drafting? thats why NFL teams draft players cause they see what they can do.

    You dont even know what your talking about. Florida pete! Stay in Florida please.

  • Raiders13LA

    IF YOU WANT TO SEE SLEEPING RAIDER BEAST WATCH THIS VIDEO………………………………….
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wGNV5WG4k7M

  • Richochet

    OAKlifer Says:
    September 2nd, 2009 at 12:20 pm
    Bad idea. Protect JaMarcus. Don’t risk him at this point. What is a meaningless preseason series going to achieve? The downside is far too great.

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

    It would be catastrophic…but he needs that rep in a windy rainy Seattle…With a bunch of crazy Hwaks fans He needs this……imho

    =======================
    LMFAO..uh…peanut??
    “Catastrophic”?? Losing the absolute worst starting qb, in the league, would be “catastrophic”?

    Oh..well..there is his leadership ability, that makes other players look up to him…oh wait, I’m thinking of someone else.

    Well, there is his ability to “come from behind” and pull games out, in the clutch.
    Oh damn..that’s not him, either.

    Well, heck, if nothing else, his attention to detail, his neverending striving to be the best he can be, while working out as hard as he can to stay in top shape…..
    Oh..shoot…wrong again.

    What was it that would be “catastrophic”, again, besides Zane jewelers worrying about his monthly payment on his bling??

  • Richochet

    LA to TheBay Says:
    September 2nd, 2009 at 12:25 pm
    I think Real Coach Lane Kiffin was not a Raider and stunted the growth of our franchise QB and shouldn’t be mentioned in the same breath as Gruden other than perhaps “Lane Kiffin is nowhere near the coach that Gruden was.”

    Richochet: And you would be wrong. Kiffin could have thrown JR to the wolves, but didn’t. Brought him along slowly..putting him in towards the end of the year in different spots, then let him start a game.
    For that matter Russell went public and stated the regardless of what Dinosaur Al said, Kiffin bent over backwards to help him, including actually contacting him to give him tips, AFTER Kiffin was fired.
    Admit it…when Kiffin came on board, and through his first year, you loved him. Al told you to hate him, and you politely curtsy, and do as you’re told.
    $$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$

    Besides, Gruden got his veterans to play well. When he left and Callahan couldn’t hold down the fort, we were left with a bunch of over-the-hill disillusioned vets not interested in playing for a sub par team.

    It all comes down to winning.

    Uh..who was it who picked those “over the hill” vets?
    Don’t say Gruden..because he didn’t.

  • Raider-405

    “the absolute worst starting qb, in the league”

    Really? Until he gets shipped out of town and become a retread – can you say Byron, Dante, Orton… he wont wear a title like that one.

    He has looked better, I can’t wait until the chat to ask Jerry what he REALLY thinks of Marshall and the D, is it Rob and John’s issues or if its an Al Davis issue.

    Not quite sure if JmcD can run a speculative op piece like that and still carry credentials… or get a nice unannounced visit at home by perhaps…. John Herrera?

  • GalacticGus

    If the Raiders go 8-8 I can see Gruden come back as Offensive Coordinator/Assistant Head Coach, or if Cable would be demoted to what Callahan was, Offensive Line Coach/ Assistant Head coach. The odd man out would be Tollner. he had already laid the ground work for the Verticle offense. Al would only allow Gruden to come back to conform to the Verticle game because now he has the weapons. Paul Hackett should still be the QB coach.

  • RaiderSam

    I think the players that should be monitored closely in terms of contributing are these;

    Michael Huff – I mean, they really could deal him to Atlanta or Green Bay – i think this is a critical game for him…Hiram Eugene is starting over him?

    Morlon Greenwood – Has anyone even seen the guy play or was he M.I.A. vs. Saints? – Could he have been any worse than the other LB’s?

    waiver wire?
    Ellis Hobbs, CB/KR, Eagles – wants to start, as good a KR as Justin Miller.

    Anthony Montgomery,DT, Redskins – odd man out when Skins acquired Hayworth. Would be an instant upgrade up front.

    Ryan Fowler, LB, Titans OR Matt Wilhelm, LB, Eagles – both are odd men out and started at Tennessee and San Diego – unfortunately they have two critera that wont make them Raiders – one they arent good in pass coverage, two they hit anything that moves.

    Nick Miller – actually has a chance to catch on somewhere else , due to his versatility (returner). One more fumble, and he’s probably finished.

    Chris Morris – can you believe dude has a chance to actually start? Can they swing a deal for Green Bay’s Scott Wells? Satele has not locked this down by far, and he faces Jamal Williams AND Travis Johnson in week one!?