Quarterback Bruce Gradkowski was mum Wednesday on the subject of whether he would be the starting quarterback this week, preferring to let coach Tom Cable do the talking, but apparently his work load began to increase in the days preceding the 16-10 loss to Kansas City.
“I got a couple more reps last week than I have been,” Gradkowski said. “This week, we’ll just see. You’ll have to ask coach Cable.”
Regarding his increased work last week, Gradkowski said it was “just kind of switching things up a bit, just in case I had to go in there. Week after week I think the more reps I get the better I’ll be in the game.
During the Monday press briefing, Cable said Gradkowski had a hamstring issue which could factor in to the decision on the starter against the Bengals. Gradkowski seemed puzzled that it was an issue at all.
“It’s not a big deal,” Gradkowski said. “I don’t know why it got blown up, but I’ll all right. I feel good. It’s not going to limit me.”
The Raiders had a brief walkthrough before the open locker room session which occurs before practice. Ostensibly, a quarterback has been identified to work with the first team during practice. As the team came off the field, Gradkowski was walking with passing coordinator Ted Tollner.
Starting quarterback JaMarcus Russell was not in the locker room while the media was present.
More to come later . . .