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Murphy, Johnson can’t finish practice

By Jerry McDonald - NFL Writer
Thursday, October 29th, 2009 at 4:00 pm in Oakland Raiders.

News and notes from the Raiders open locker room session Thursday and post-practice press briefing from coach Tom Cable:

– Not sure it’s anything that could threaten their status for the game yet, but starting wide receiver Louis Murphy (hip) and cornerback Chris Johnson (groin) could not finish practice because of injuries and their status will be re-evaluated Friday.

If Murphy’s condition is a factor for Sunday, it would mean an increased role for Todd Watkins and perhaps even Javon Walker, because Chaz Schilens still isn’t practicing likely won’t play, either.

– Cable said Russell outwardly appears the same as always, but that he can see a difference in the way he is going about business.

“I actually see the same demeanor in terms of not letting things get to him but I’ve seen a little more attention to some things, which is good,” Cable said. “He’s in here early, he’s working at it. The fact that he’s had a chance to look at it after Sunday and take some responsibility for those kinds of things. It just adds to his motivation. He’s got to get better.”

– Cable said his starting offensive line would be Mario Henderson at left tackle, Chris Morris at left guard, Samson Satele at center, Cooper Carlisle at right guard and Khalif Barnes at right tackle.

Which means that Robert Gallery, limited in practice for the second straight day, is looking at a post-bye return against Kansas City Nov. 15 unless Cable pulls a surprise as he did the previous week with Barnes starting over Erik Pears.

– Cable is hopeful to see running back Darren McFadden (knee) and wide receiver/return specialist Nick Miller in action after the bye, but the fact is neither player is doing any hard running or cutting, doing most of their cardio work treadmills and stationary bikes.

“It’s where they’re at this coming Monday, as we start the bye,” Cable said. “Cause you really look at it as a two-week process for them to play. If it goes through the bye and we’re on that Monday of Kansas City, then I think that’s a real question. I’m not sure they would be ready at that point. But if they’ve got the full two weeks to do it, I think they can get that done.”

Miller, who made the team as an undrafted free agent out of Southern Utah, will have waited at least half a season to make his debut.

It’s rare a team would hold a roster spot for that long without putting the player on injured reserve _ even more rare when you consider the trouble the Raiders have had with their kickoff returns and punt returns.

“They put a lot of faith in me and I have faith in myself,” Miller said. “I know I can do it, so I’m just itching to get out there. If it was just play through the pain, I would. It’s not like that. If I feel pain I have to lay off, because that means (the injury is) still there. I want to prove to everybody I can play in this league.”

– Astute observation by defensive end Greg Ellis on regarding concussions in the wake of Roger Goodell’s testifying before the House Judiciary Committee about head injuries in the NFL:

“Yeah, it’s something that has to be taken seriously. And in most cases, it needs to get to the level where they are protecting us, the players, against our own selves. Since we started playing football as a little kid, you’re taught toughness, toughness, toughness.

“Some of us, if we can walk, we say, ‘OK, I’m good, I’m fine.’ My wife is getting on me all the time, ‘How you feeling, Greg?’ Well, I’m fine. ‘No, you’re not fine. Why are you doing this? There’s something wrong.’ But it’s just a conditioned thing. So, unfortunately, when it’s something that’s not going to be long-term, OK, it’s fine. But if it’s something where you’re talking about a head problem, then it needs to be supervised by somebody better than the players.”

– Free safety Michael Huff thinks the inability to stop the run has also effected the ability to get interceptions.

Huff had three interceptions in the first two games and none since.

“I think back then, we were stopping the run decently, so we made them throw the ball,” Huff said. “The main thing is us stopping the run and getting them in obvious passing situations to get the picks.”

Cable said Huff’s ability to be a more relaible last line of defense has been the reason for his return to the starting lineup.

“I remember when I first got here in ’07, (I saw) a good athlete, can run, can cover and all that, but he really just didn’t have that real `get after it’ in terms of a tackler,” Cable said. “When he got sat down last year and went to being a predominant special teams player, he really developed himself as a tackler. It has showed since that point, and he’s been very, very good for us this year.”

– LB Isaiah Ekejiuba was back at practice without limitations after being ill for two days with a stomach virus. Backup quarterback Bruce Gradkowski missed practice for the second straight day with the same ailment.

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  • http://www.actionext.com/playlist_57486.html La Milicia Negra

    OakGlenn…

    you still think Khalif Barnes was a great acquisition? or are you slowly ready to agree with me, we should never had touched him in offseasons, do you finally agree that it was a huge mistake to give that guy money???

  • http://none The Real MaddenRaider

    Oakglenn’s been making a lot of comments lately about meeting up with me, so I don’t doubt that Gilbert’s Oakglenn. Oakglenn’s starting to snap. I mean for real. He really is one of the biggest Raider fans on the planet and he’s taking this stuff very personally. 7 years of losing and his credibility being beyond toast is finally getting to him, and he’s starting to make threats, something he didn’t necessarily do in the past few years. I don’t know whether to laugh of feel bad for the guy. I mean Raider football is really, really serious to him. I used to think he was an employee of the team until Richochet pointed out that he was in here leaving comments just minutes before game time, something that nobody on the Raider payroll would do. All hands are on deck at that point. I dunno. The guy’s got real issues.

  • gilbert

    POST 46,you play football cards at all,the best advice I can give is stfu until Monday,we will chat then,look forward to a WIN PS,waiting on terms for a bet,cmon now,someone MUST be in charge,mr,mrs,dude,etc

  • http://none The Real MaddenRaider

    Huff developed? I missed that.

  • http://none The Real MaddenRaider

    Gilbert (probably Oakglenn), I am not meeting you in person. Whatever your problem is with me, if you can’t discuss it here on this blog, you need to let it go. Regarding the game Sunday: I predict SD by 10. Stand by that. I’ll be here after the game and all next week to take my lumps if I’m wrong, as I’m sure you’ll be here too. If I’m right, I won’t see you in here again for at least a week. That’s another prediction, right there.

  • gilbert

    Post 50,mr,youre killin me,just pay up if you lose,collect if you win,simple,right!Why you only trust two people on this blog is amazing,shows thats how YOU WANT IT! RAIDERS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • http://atm Raider O

    LMN,

    I wanted Barnes too, and I’m glad we signed him. He doesn’t cost much against the cap, and he could become our RT. I still wanted us to draft an OT due to Barnes 1yr contract, you can always move him to G, or we can trade him.

    Fire Cable & Legalize it!

  • http://none The Real MaddenRaider

    Gilbert, you never answered Dude’s question. Why do you think the Raiders will win Sunday? Chargers going to get hit with the swine flu? The Chargers are a far superior team, almost entirely, position by position, coach by coach, and definitely GM by GM.

  • http://atm Raider O

    It’s OK MR. You miss a lot of things.

  • http://www.actionext.com/playlist_57486.html La Milicia Negra

    Raider O…

    LOL, Trade Barnes? what ahve you been smoking, no-one wanted him after his Jax tenure, so what makes you think any want him after half a season injured and all his playing time has been one big failure??? he is done, and he was before the offseason started…

  • http://none The Real MaddenRaider

    Raider O, I missed any interesting point you’ve ever made, that’s for sure. For starters, would you care to explain to me just how Huff has “developed”?

  • http://atm Raider O

    LMN,

    I was talking about Drafting an OT after we signed Barnes to that 1yr deal, and IF barnes was playing well then we could have been able to trade him.

  • http://atm Raider O

    MR,

    Huff has 3 INTs in 3 games (starter), and he had been playing very well. It’s not Rocket Science dude!

  • http://www.actionext.com/playlist_57486.html La Milicia Negra

    Raider O…

    well not likely if you knew how he had played in JAX…

    and ‘ifs’ is what rule this site, i really dont care about’em… or rather the only ‘if’ i care about is if Al had resigned 6 years ago, how would our franchise have looked…

  • On the beach in Cancun

    Almost everything SUCKS with the Raiders this year and the last six years as well. Starting with “Just sell the team, Al Davis” to fatass, I’ll workout when I’m benched and Dud, is that spelled right, I didn’t read too good?” I’m behind in the playbook, I’ve only had 3 years to learn it.
    Oh, I just remembered, I have to take my fur coat to the cleaners. Think I’ll stop at Carl’s Jr and pickup a dozen double cheeseburgers and some fries while I’m at it.

  • http://atm Raider O

    Raiders!!!!!!!!! What’s up Gilbert?

  • gilbert

    POST41,MISTA,Ive got $1000.00 bucks that Oakglenn and I,GILBERT are not the same person,only JERRY can PROVE IT,unless you would like to meet us,say,at Rickys Sports Bar! We could collect on bets,right mr,dude,and family members ps Raiders!!!!!!!!!!

  • http://atm Raider O

    Fire the Fat Monkey!

  • http://www.actionext.com/playlist_57486.html La Milicia Negra

    # The Real MaddenRaider Says:
    October 29th, 2009 at 9:48 pm

    Raider O, I missed any interesting point you’ve ever made, that’s for sure. For starters, would you care to explain to me just how Huff has “developed”?
    _______________________________________________________

    if you compare how baaaaad Huff played since i got here to how he has played this season he HAS developed, I agree on that, he still isnt what we have expected, but I blame Rob Ryan for that, now the browns players cant tackle either… I dont mind having Huff on the team, as long he takes further paycuts..

  • http://atm Raider O

    Gilbert is not Oak! He is just a homer like me.

    Raiders!!

  • http://www.actionext.com/playlist_57486.html La Milicia Negra

    # Raider O Says:
    October 29th, 2009 at 10:19 pm

    LMN,

    What about The Fat Monkey? He had a lot to to with this team. He can’t call plays, he can’t teach, he can’t coach, but he can eat & talk!

    Al made a lot of mistakes in the last 10yrs, but 2 I will never forget:
    1- drafting Gallery.
    2- hiring the Fat Monkey to be a HC.
    _____________________________________________________

    AL has made tons of mistake worse than drafting Gallery, just the HC’s since Gruden was traded are a huge part of his mistakes, not just Cable… we should have given the HC job to Rathman and let cable stay OL-coach…

    Drafting Seabass is way way way worse than the Gallery pick, trading Fabian was a blunder as well(beside drafting him) since Gallery has been a guard he has been great… and people who whine about Gallerys salary as guard, isnt that wise, because lets face it, top guards get top-dollar in todays football, just see Adrian Petersons LG =)

  • http://www.actionext.com/playlist_57486.html La Milicia Negra

    well its 0630 in the morning here, and im heading home, see ya guys… take care -and behave…

  • gilbert

    Raider OOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO,How are you,young feller? Been a SLOW start for our guys,2-5,yikes!However,O,still nine games left,see what happens.I PREDICT a turn around second half,JRuss and the offense have much to show,and prove O, Im not a Cable hater,maybe Im wrong,time will tell

  • Mistabrown

    Gilbert,
    I’ve never seen you here before but you know Oakglen and you know he is local enough to meet at Ricky’s ? I’ve been in this blog about 3 years and couldn’t tell you where anybody lives aside from maybe Dakota and I sure cant prove he lives there. No thanks Oakglen/Gilbert I dont meet guys off the internet at sports bars or anywhere for that matter.

    Gilbert/Oakglen, keep posting!

  • Mistabrown

    Sad but true. He combed the archives all the way back to 2008 to find a post where I said the Browns should be pretty good in 2009 and then called me a Browns fan for about 3 weeks straight. Normal people dont do that lunatics do.

    Jerry can we get Oakglen some help before he hurts his cat or even worse a human?

    # The Real MaddenRaider Says:
    October 29th, 2009 at 9:22 pm

    Oakglenn’s been making a lot of comments lately about meeting up with me, so I don’t doubt that Gilbert’s Oakglenn. Oakglenn’s starting to snap. I mean for real. He really is one of the biggest Raider fans on the planet and he’s taking this stuff very personally. 7 years of losing and his credibility being beyond toast is finally getting to him, and he’s starting to make threats, something he didn’t necessarily do in the past few years. I don’t know whether to laugh of feel bad for the guy. I mean Raider football is really, really serious to him. I used to think he was an employee of the team until Richochet pointed out that he was in here leaving comments just minutes before game time, something that nobody on the Raider payroll would do. All hands are on deck at that point. I dunno. The guy’s got real issues.

  • Try Some Reality

    The NFL is beginning to suck. Parity? Please. There is no parity. There is a different kind of dominance than the old days, but there is dominance. The teams with quality, stable, coaching and good drafting get it done. You can no longer patch through free agency. Greg Ellis was a find, I’m not saying he wasn’t. But he’s the rare exception. You build your team with good coaching, solid drafting, and smart trades.

  • Mistabrown

    Too bad the Titans werent on our schedule it would be cool to see V Young & JaMeatloaf go head 2 head in a battle of the wonderlics.

    Go Raiders!

  • gilbert

    post75,you must be the uncle that mr,mrs,dude,etc have been waiting for,you were not invited unless YOU are mr,mrs,dude,mistabrown,so,buzz off hey brown,you work for UPS,it would be a step up

  • Try Some Reality

    Too bad the Titans werent on our schedule it would be cool to see V Young & JaMeatloaf go head 2 head in a battle of the wonderlics.

    ===================================================
    LOL! Young may be one of the few people that speak JaNormous’ language. How did our dough boy QB pass the 3rd grade, anyway? No wonder Alabama ranks as one of the dumbest states in America. Davis – this should have been your first clue!

  • Try Some Reality

    JaMeatball will “get it” during his contract year. You just watch. Spending all that money on bling, fur coats, and double bacon cheeseburgers will catch up.

  • gilbert

    Eaider fans,out for now,to the naysayers,miss me? RAIDERS!!!!1

  • gilbert

    RAIDER fans,sorry post 81

  • http://none The Real MaddenRaider

    OK, LMN. Huff has developed from a complete joke to a so-so nickel back who could only get a starting job on the Raiders (he was drafted uno). Keep grasping at straws to defend your buddy Raider O.

  • Raiders4eve

    Hey Gilbert

    you are faaag, you wanna meet ppl of the internet, where is your sugar daddy Priest? U must be Oakglenn cause no crazy person would crack like that, btw, Cable is better coach then Gruden, you are moron.

  • http://none The Real MaddenRaider

    Raider O, Huff was drafted in the first round. I don’t know if you remember that. He wasn’t picked up off the practice squad. He isn’t a walk on. He was drafted, number one. And you’re telling me he’s developed into a DB worthy of a first round draft pick because he got 3 interceptions in 3 games, in his 4th season?!? First off, no decent DB needs 4 years to develop. That right there is proof he was a bust in the first place. He’s developed into a nickel back on any other team, a starter for Al Davis’s desperate Raiders. BTW…funny how Davis’s minions laid the blame on Shell for Huff…when he’s still here, 3 years after Shell. Like there’s nobody out there better than Huff. Now Nnamdi has developed. That’s one thing you were right about (take note that it didn’t take him 4 years…). But you took down a whole pitcher of kool aid before having the gall to say that Huff has developed.

  • He Hate Me

    Augh,, Dilbert apologized for misspelling Raider. How touching and sincere, to even put the post number. LMAO!!!

  • http://www.actionext.com/playlist_57486.html La Milicia Negra

    # The Real MaddenRaider Says:
    October 29th, 2009 at 11:58 pm

    Raider O, Huff was drafted in the first round. I don’t know if you remember that. He wasn’t picked up off the practice squad. He isn’t a walk on. He was drafted, number one. And you’re telling me he’s developed into a DB worthy of a first round draft pick because he got 3 interceptions in 3 games, in his 4th season?!? First off, no decent DB needs 4 years to develop. That right there is proof he was a bust in the first place. He’s developed into a nickel back on any other team, a starter for Al Davis’s desperate Raiders. BTW…funny how Davis’s minions laid the blame on Shell for Huff…when he’s still here, 3 years after Shell. Like there’s nobody out there better than Huff. Now Nnamdi has developed. That’s one thing you were right about (take note that it didn’t take him 4 years…). But you took down a whole pitcher of kool aid before having the gall to say that Huff has developed.
    ______________________________________________________

    1st, no one said he was a beast, all said was he has developed… you gotta agree with that…

    2nd, its nowhere shells fault that Huff has been what expected, all blame for that goes to Rob Ryan…

    I wanted Huff cut this off-season I admit that, but honestly, no reason to point fingers at Huff, he has by far been one of the best on defense (not that it say much)

    if you want to point fingers, point at Routt ( a hight 2nd rounder) or at our LB corp they are the biggest reason why our defense is a no-show…

    but the overall reason, clearly is that Al didnt retire after the Gruden-trade or the SB-loss….

  • http://www.actionext.com/playlist_57486.html La Milicia Negra

    2nd, its nowhere shells fault that Huff hasNT become what expected of him, all blame for that goes to Rob Ryan…

    …..its late here, maybe too late…

  • http://none The Real MaddenRaider

    LMN, he’s drafted number one. You know what that means? He’s a beast, or he’s junk. You don’t waste a number one draft pick on a guy who takes 4 years to become as good as the average nickel back in the league. I understand you’re sticking up for Raider O, but every now and then when your friend walks out in the street with his pants down, you have to just laugh at him like everyone else. It’s called tough love.

  • http://none The Real MaddenRaider

    Also, Rob Ryan didn’t draft Huff. Rob Ryan also had zero control over the scheme when he was here. Stop being such a dumbass, LMN.

  • http://RAIDERS Oakglenn

    The Real MaddenRaider Says:
    October 29th, 2009 at 9:22 pm

    Oakglenn’s been making a lot of comments lately about meeting up with me, so I don’t doubt that Gilbert’s Oakglenn. Oakglenn’s starting to snap. I mean for real.
    ==============================================

    WTF does this mean?? I don’t even know what this means. MR I have run you into the swamp soooooooooo many times, Jerry and the Mods had to remove your meltdowns. You want me to start on you again???? You should run for the hills moron. You want some, you got some!!!

  • http://RAIDERS Oakglenn

    The Real MaddenRaider Says:
    October 29th, 2009 at 11:58 pm

    First off, no decent DB needs 4 years to develop.
    =============================================
    Nnamdi took 4 years to develop. Are you just stupid, or don’t know your Raiders??? which is it??

  • http://RAIDERS Oakglenn

    # Mistabrown Says:
    October 29th, 2009 at 8:25 pm

    I have 100.00 that says Gilbert is OakGlen.

    # Dude Says:
    October 29th, 2009 at 8:34 pm

    Mista,

    Good call. No doubt about it.
    ==============================================

    Wow. OK. I am up to snuff. lst off, funny how douche, fistabrown, rack-o-sjhit, and MR all combined for their opinions. Whatever opinions they have, on whatever subject, I will go the complete opposite opinion. 2ndly, Gilbert, meet me at Ricky’s and I will buy you a drink. Good for you dude!

  • http://RAIDERS Oakglenn

    You know, all you “real” Raider fans are right, and I am wrong. Boycott the team. Don’t go. Don’t discuss the team, don;t go to games, don’t buy merchandise, BOYCOTT!!! good plan. So, I guess we will not be seeing MR, fistabrown, rack-o or any other “real” Raider fans anytime soon. Sorry to see you guys go, but I completely understand and agree. To be a real boycott, completely disengage from anything and all things Raider. It’s OK. I understand your frustration. You are completely right.

  • AbusedByAl

    If Raiders win, fine, but I still won’t be impressed. Let them win two or three in a row, then we may be onto something. One win is just random, just like the win over Philly was. Chances are though that we may end up – once again – being impressed with the way the other team exposed our weakness…

  • http://www.actionext.com/playlist_57486.html La Milicia Negra

    # The Real MaddenRaider Says:
    October 30th, 2009 at 12:36 am

    LMN, he’s drafted number one. You know what that means? He’s a beast, or he’s junk. You don’t waste a number one draft pick on a guy who takes 4 years to become as good as the average nickel back in the league. I understand you’re sticking up for Raider O, but every now and then when your friend walks out in the street with his pants down, you have to just laugh at him like everyone else. It’s called tough love.
    _______________________________________________________

    sorry to correct you he was drafted 7th overall in the 1st round, not as number one…

    and i dont defend Raider O, he is on his own, he is a man and can handle himself, without any help being mine or any else…

    Huff has taken a paycut, so at least he isnt payed like a 1st rounder…

    you stepped in it, all Raider O said was Huff has developed, you gotta give him that, both Huff and Raider O, Huff has developed! from garbage under Ryan to a rather decent safety, he isnt “just” a nickel as you say…

    and if we cut him this week, several good teams would pick him up, im not sure they would have in the offseason, but they sure would now… hence the “developed”…

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  • http://www.actionext.com/playlist_57486.html La Milicia Negra

    # La Milicia Negra Says:
    October 29th, 2009 at 9:19 pm

    OakGlenn…

    you still think Khalif Barnes was a great acquisition? or are you slowly ready to agree with me, we should never had touched him in offseasons, do you finally agree that it was a huge mistake to give that guy money???
    ________________________________________________________

    and the rest of you who defended the acquisition, you still havent said anything about this “great pick-up”… LOL

  • 4evaRaider

    Good Morning NATION!!!

  • 4evaRaider

    Since its Halloween the question begs…Which team is gonna show up Sunday???