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.