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Cable mum on returners, RB

News and notes following the Raiders pracitce Wednesday before they departed for Dallas:

– There’s a possibility of roster movement before Thursday. Coach Tom Cable would not commit to Jonathan Holland and Johnnie Lee Higgins as his specialists for kickoff returns and punt returns.

“Could be,” Cable said. “Not going to disclose that now.

Nor would he disclose his choice for starting running back, although with the “hot hand” philosophy, it doesn’t matter much. Asked if his starter would be Darren McFadden, Cable said he was going to give it some thought before game time.

Cable liked the way McFadden bulled for an extra few yards on one carry against Cincinnati, and Michael Bush’s fumble could have conceivably put him at the back of the line. Go ahead and assume Justin Fargas will get his 10 carries or more.

– Defensive ends Greg Ellis and Richard Seymour are expected to start. Chaz Schilens and Darrius Heyward-Bey will be the starting wide receivers. Listed as out are WR-KR Nick Miller and LB Jon Alston, both of whom did not practice. LB Isaiah Ekejiuba (ankle) is didn’t practice and is doubtful. Ellis (knee-shoulder) and Seymour (back) practiced in full and are probable. WR Javon Walker (hamstring) was limited and is questionable.

There was no update regarding the “residual” concussion symptoms suffered by Alston. Cable said the Raiders are going through proper protocol.

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  • Thec07

    Dez Bryant ate oregon up in the holiday bowl last year, and to me is better than crabtree, had he not been involved with neon deion he would win ALL the WR awards this year….

  • aig

    armond,

    ok you got me there bro with your take on Spikes. The Raiders used to be known as the dirty team anyways.

    On Dez Bryant, shcyttt…i’d love to see him in Silver and Black but I doubt Al will go for another WR this year. He has to go DT this year. i dont think he drafts too many OT in the first round from memory. Gallery was a rare case.

  • aig

    man, imagine if we had CWood and 21 on the field at the same time right now.

  • aig

    there’s a lot of talk on crabtree right now but he’s nothing more than an avg receiver imo. I think Dez has much more upside and bigger/faster too.

  • Thec07

    I was oping we wait on Bryant this year and not take DHB, Should have take a DT last year. So no to Dez Bryant but yes to the best MLB in the land.

    1. MLB
    2. DT
    3. RT
    4. RG

  • Thec07

    Mr Davis will take;

    1. SS
    2. CB
    3. P
    4. C

  • Charlie

    Round one RT
    Round two DT
    Round three Guard

    Got to go .

    Happy Thanksgiving Nation!

  • Thec07

    This would have been the year to take bryant had we did what we should have done the last 2 years and build our lines. Cant do it now we have the great DHB dropping passes for us.

  • aig

    wow how do you not do a 3 step drop on a 4th and 2?

  • aig

    DHB is the new Ricky Dudley?

  • Thec07

    DHB is the garbage man…….

  • Thec07

    F@CK DHB, and BRL…..

  • aig

    Thec,

    you remember ricky Dudley? drafted 10th overalll after Al traded up for him. Had great combine numbers and 40 time. Only 1 problem. Can’t catch!!!

    We passed up Eddie George for him i believe.

  • 4evaRaider

    It will work-out with DHB,every one says it takes a WR 3 years…I’m glad we threw him in the FIRE…and you all will B2

  • 4evaRaider

    Man Eddie George would have been a “good” RB 4 us

  • aig

    Yup. Can’t believe we traded up for ricky Dudley when we could have had George in mid first. George didnt have the 40 time.

  • armond

    aight yall im back jumpin between the game and the blog. yeah i agree with everything said. its funny how if we took advantage of the strength of each draft we would be in better position to get the playmaking wr we need now anyway. well we cant make the same mistake with the dlineman this time. we did good with m.shawny and d.bryant but now we need to perfect those signings by making sure we get the cream of the crop next year. 2 many dt’s and de’s to pass up.

  • 4evaRaider

    I did it Gradkowski starts 4 me in FF

  • aig

    that’s a lot of faith in Grad man. Wow props to you.

  • aig

    i have to choose between Drew Brees and Tom Brady to start. What do you guys think?

  • 4evaRaider

    I still have Favre starting in my other league

  • 4evaRaider

    hey with a record of 5-6 I’ma gambling

  • armond

    i thought kneeling down in the ednzone was a penalty? whats the difference between james jones and driver doin what cj did in houston?

  • http://none The Real MaddenRaider

    I’m thankful for carnitas burritos being available 24/7 in every California town with a population of more than 20.

    I was thankful for the first amendment, until I found this blog. Now I’m thankful for the muzzle.

  • 4evaRaider

    And I dunno Aig…

    I know I beat this dead horse 2 death but Grads led the nation in completion% his senior year…which means 2 me he know every play where everybody gonna be.Thats exactly what this team needs,imo…We got horses’ I hope we run ROUGH-SHOD over the ‘boys