Highlights from Tom Cable’s post-practice press briefing, the latest in Raiders history:
– Cable has no knowledge of a 5-day letter being sent to defensive end Richard Seymour.
– The coach has spoken to Seymour since Monday, but not in the last 24 hours, and said he wants to be a Raider.
– William Joseph was added to the roster and no one was cut. The Raiders were granted an exemption because of the Seymour situation.
– Darren McFadden will be the starting running back because of his versatility, running and catching. All three backs will get work, but McFadden will get the “bulk” of the touches.
– The only players who did not practice at all were Chaz Schilens and Justin Fargas. Cable wants to be careful with Fargas’ tender hamstring “because we’re going to need him,” meaning it’s likely Bush will be the backup for McFadden against San Diego.
– Schilens could begin work on the practice field against Kansas City, but probably wouldn’t be ready to play until the Denver game in Week 3.
– Nick Miller did not finish practice because of shin splints. It’s not believed to be serious. If he can’t return kickoffs against San Diego, Johnnie Lee Higgins would take his place and handle both specialties.
– Tackle Khalif Barnes was limited in practice. Cornerback Nnamdi Asomugha (wrist), linebacker Kirk Morrison (elbow) and linebacker Isaiah Ekejiuba (shoulder) practiced without restrictions for the first time this week.
I’ll post the entire Cable transcript shortly and call it a night . . .