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Benson looking like a no-go

Cincinnati running back Cedric Benson, a key figure in the club’s surprising 7-2 record, appears unlikely to play after missing his second consecutive practice Thursday, according to the NFL Network.

Raiders coach Tom Cable, based on his response about Benson during his Thursday press briefing, is probably not surprised.

“ I think he’s a tough, physical guy that’s quick. He runs so hard but what he is is real quick, a cutback runner,” Cable said. “How much we’ll see of him is yet to be known but he’s a guy that you have to stay behind him because he’ll cut the ball back on you.”

Coaches normally assume a player will play, avoiding at all the suggestion they might not.

It remains to be seen how much the Bengals will turn to recently-signed Larry Johnson if Benson is out.

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  • jhill

    And so the Bruce Gradkowski era begins. Here’s to going undefeated from here on out!

  • jhill

    Wonder if we will see some slants quick slants from the WRs, and some designed rollouts for mini Garcia?

    Will Cable play to Gradkowski’s stregnths?

  • jhill

    Can our Oline open up some holes for Bush and McFadden? Will those 2 get a combined 25 touches this week?

    Raiders 38 Cincy 12

  • http://none The Real MaddenRaider

    This is unreal. You guys are even admitting that Bruce Gradkowski will be given a better playbook than Russell, talking about slants. Russell’s stuck with the bed and breakfast, meanwhile Gradkowski gets some of Gruden, Tressman, and Kiffin’s plays, higher percentage plays, etc. You guys getting optimistic about Gradkowski, considering this joke of an organization he plays for, are no less delusional and fundamentally stupid than anyone who had faith in Russell based upon his athletic ability. You guys deserve what’s going to happen to this team the rest of the season, and that’s losing 8 of its next 9. And, I will be here to laugh at you. You chumps deserve no mercy.

  • dt_raiders

    I would like to see us improving in pass offense. That goes a long way toward validating our pass protection, route running, making plays after the catch, and most importantly, coaching. If we improve in offense with Gradkowski at the helm, that should be enough to bring Tom Cable & his offensive coaches back another season. If the team still struggle, then Tom Cable probably won’t be retained.

  • http://none The Real MaddenRaider

    Excuse me, losing 6 of its next 7, I meant. The Raiders will win one more game, period. That’s it. And it won’t be against the Bengals. They are for real, and they’re going to destroy us. And if I see Gradkowski out there running west coast plays? I’m even rooting for the Bengals. It would be PROOF that JaMarcus Russell was SET UP TO FAIL. I’m not going to become a fan of any other team, but if Gradkowsi’s handed a better playbook than Russell, I will effectively root against this team until Al Davis is 100% dead. Don’t care what any of you idiots have to say about it.

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  • bdlraider

    Dang, I have Benson in my fantasy football league…

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  • DKnight007

    # The Real MaddenRaider Says:
    November 19th, 2009 at 5:29 pm

    Excuse me, losing 6 of its next 7, I meant. The Raiders will win one more game, period. That’s it. And it won’t be against the Bengals. They are for real, and they’re going to destroy us. And if I see Gradkowski out there running west coast plays? I’m even rooting for the Bengals. It would be PROOF that JaMarcus Russell was SET UP TO FAIL. I’m not going to become a fan of any other team, but if Gradkowsi’s handed a better playbook than Russell, I will effectively root against this team until Al Davis is 100% dead. Don’t care what any of you idiots have to say about it.

    ^^^^^^^
    Lets once again say a big thank you to Al Davis for ruining this franchise!

    Thanks for the losing Al….you and only you is responsible for it!

    Why isn’t Al Davis man enough to state that serious change is needed within the organization like what Ralph Wilson admiited about his Bills??