Looks like Ellis won’t play

Defensive end Greg Ellis, who joined his teammates at practice at the conclusion of warmups and drills Friday, did not participate and was listed as “doubtful,” meaning he probably won’t play against the Pittsburgh Steelers.

“(Ellis) made some improvement but has slowed down. So we’ll see,” coach Tom Cable said.

Nick Miller was listed as “out,” _ he’s now missed three-quarters of the season with a tibia fracture after making the 53-man roster as an undrafted free agent. Listed as “probable” were running back Justin Fargas (stinger), linebacker Isaiah Ekejiuba (knee) and linebacker David Nixon (kllness).

All three practiced without limitations.

The briefing session with Cable lasted all of 90 seconds, with the coach giving one-word answers and the questioners pretty much having asked during the week whatever they felt was pertinent to the game.

To summarize, Cable doesn’t know what the weather is like in Pittsburgh and hasn’t checked, nor has he looked back at the 2006 game at the Coliseum when the Raiders intercepted Ben Roethlisberger four times. He feels good about the depth behind Ellis with rookie Matt Shaughnessy and third-year end Jay Richardson.

People were already beginning to board busses headed to the airport as Cable was finishing up.


Jerry McDonald - NFL Writer

  • SaintKaufman

    I hear that VH, but we also need a guy that can THROW the ball and remain poised in the face of the impending darkness that is about to befall our offensive line.

    Grad’s is gonna be river dancing 5 secs before each snap. Not much hope he makes it through the game actually.

    Go Raiders!

  • centurionWR87

    No, JR isn’t ready to even be a backup yet… He needs time, he might have a great arm but a great arm is no good with no accuracy or pocket presence or even huddle command…

  • aig

    shcytt it’s jlh and chilens as starters.

  • aig

    maybe jlh is better suited to play outside and let murphy go over the middle.

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    aig Says:
    December 6th, 2009 at 9:30 am

    at least we know going into this game we can catch the ball on both sides of the field.
    This game becomes very interesting now. I think Murphy and Schilens and Miller gives THREE reliable pass catchers. First time all freekn year.

    Schilens and Miller the main targets and Murphy in a support role…read not leading role.

    Now, will the “cerebral” Tom Cable figure out a way to get DMAC involved in more than dives up the middle?

    Come on guys…show some freekn life

  • http://atm Raider O

    BG ( The Great White Hype) played just as bad as JR, and he can’t throw the ball for more than 35 yards! Why are you people so high ok this Kid! He may work hard, but he has np talent.

  • Plunketthead

    I have a good feeling about this game.
    I bet we knock Ben out.

    Raiders 24 Steelturds 17

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    Raider O Says:
    December 6th, 2009 at 9:49 am
    BG ( The Great White Hype) played just as bad as JR, and he can’t throw the ball for more than 35 yards! Why are you people so high ok this Kid! He may work hard, but he has np talent.
    The QB situation is an absolute mess.

    I found the silver lining for the remainder of this season!

    Developing Schilens, Murphy, Miller and DMAC in the slot.

    That is the redeeming value of the remainder of this season.

    QB? An absolute mess!

  • http://atm Raider O

    We should start Frye over BG! Frye has a good arm, and he played well at the Browns without any help from his offense.

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    Warren Sapp:

    1PM games is krytonite to the Raiders….They are still sleeping on the bus….

    Come-on Sapp. You didn’t do anything to stop the slide into the abyss. You own some of this mess too!

  • http://atm Raider O


    I still believe JR will be a good NFL QB.

  • SaintKaufman

    ‘Sup O?

    Hooked up with a mutual friend of ours a couple of weekends ago. Let’s just say it’s been a long time!!

    I’m with ya on Russell.

  • http://atm Raider O

    I don’t like Sapp.

  • http://atm Raider O


    Was it fun?

  • aig

    Raider O,

    Grad is a paul hackett guy and i think he gets the nod due to that over Frye.

  • aig

    wow, what a terrible start.

  • SaintKaufman

    ’twas awesome!! 😀

  • raidermarty

    What’s up people ? Any links??

  • http://atm Raider O


    When I was his age, I made a lot of mistakes! Some people have to learn the hard way. Too bad but I was one of those people.

  • http://atm Raider O

    New post guys.

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