Gallery could be out awhile


Left guard Robert Gallery is seeking an second opinion for a lower back injury, looks to be out this week against Washington and perhaps longer, coach Tom Cable said Wednesday.

“At this point, it does not look good,” Cable said. “We’ll know more tomorrow.”

Gallery left in the first quarter against Pittsburgh, and according to one teammate, felt numbness in his legs.

Samson Satele, who also left early in the game with a calf injury, was limited in practice. The hope is Satele will start and Chris Morris would play at left guard.

If Gallery and Satele were both out, Morris would play center and Langston Walker would start at left guard.

In either case, there is no one currently on the roster listed as a center in the event Satele doesn’t play.

“We’re working on that,” Cable said.

More to come . . .


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  • los raiders de don rober

    vamos rayados!

  • Good thing it won’t be Jamarcus behind this banged up O-line.

    Bruce will have them straight.

  • Silver-n-Smac

    Yeah, yeah. . . .I know – here I go again with my Fargas kick. . . . . .

    But I just gotta say fellas: When is this man gonna get some love from Raider Nation?

    Without feeling the need to bash our other 2 young backs, is anyone ready to admit they were wrong about Fargas at the beginning of this season?

    Unless you’ve been watching some other team named the Oakland Raiders, it’s been pretty visible to even the most casual football fan, that Justin Fargas is the best running back on this roster.

    You absolutely cannot deny that at this point.

    He is not as fast as D-Mac (on paper).

    He is not as strong as Bush (on paper).

    But guess what?

    In the real world. . . . .on the actual football field. . . . .Fargas has been faster and more powerful than the two youngsters combined. Forget about the fact that his numbers have been better. I don’t care about numbers.

    The main fact is that he is simply punishing defenders and grinding out the yards that we need. . . . .and sometimes in big chunks. It’s clear defenders hate to tackle him.

    I think D-mac will be a GREAT player and I think the same of Michael Bush.

    But right now. . . .and has really been the case for years, Fargas is the Raiders’ best back. It was the case when Lamont (soft) Jordan was a starter and it’s the case now.

    And if he actually got 20-25 carries a game, he’d easily have a 1200 yard season. I really can’t say that about the other 2 cats (sorry Priesttj – I know you really like M. Bush and sorry Dakota – I know you really like D-Mac)

    If you can’t get yourself to admit that what I’m saying is true, then you’re really just hanging on to your desire that the other 2 guys would have outplayed him by now.

    Sorry, but they have not.

  • Plunketthead

    The Redskins last 4 games. They are better then their record and they have playing very good lately.

    Broncos W 27-17
    Cowboys L 6-7
    Eagles L 24-27
    Saints L 30-33


  • Plunketthead

    Plunk <——- has always been keen on Huggy Bears boy.

  • aig


    With the Raiders, I never underestimate the opponent…even if this week was the browns instead of the skins.

    HOWEVER, the one thing I can feel good about is that we have Grad at the helm rather than JR. The skins have a very good D. They almost and should have beaten the Saints.

    Silver n Mac,
    We can’t hide the fact that Cable has the team playing hard for nothing in Dec the last 2 years. I think that is a tremendous improvement since 2002. If he can stop calling stupid trick plays during the game then I think we can improve much more.

  • Nice post Silver-N-Smac.

    I agree 100%.

    And I will admit I was wrong about Fargas, and I was one of his supporters during the off-season!! Half the people in here wanted to cut him.

  • On the twelfth day of Christmas,
    Al Davis sent to me

    Twelve draft picks busting,
    Eleven lawsuits pending,
    Ten Losses a-leaping,
    Nine sycophants dancing,
    Eight wide-receivers dropping,
    Seven linebackers whiffing,
    Six DBs burning,

    Five injured o-line-men!

    Four offensive coordinators,
    Three leases broken,
    Two cities jilted,
    And a coach that is very an-gry!

  • Congrats, to “The Polish Pop Gun” for getting some recognition for his performance on Sunday.

    I think Hanson must have some photos/footage of Al wearing ladies underwear.

    Bummer about Gallery. Sounds like herniated disc(s) to me. I know, been there, done that surgery.

  • aig

    LMAO….so little Kitten is now using pretty hostesses…aka sex to recruit….gonna get nailed now!!!

    “Marcus Lattimore, a high school running back, told The Times several hostesses traveled almost 200 miles to watch three Tennessee recruits play at James F. Byrnes High School in Duncan, S.C. They brought signs including one that read, “Come to Tennessee.”

    Lattimore had made an unofficial visit but was not interested in committing to Tennessee. But two of his teammates, Brandon Willis and Corey Miller, have committed verbally to Tennessee. Lattimore called the hostesses pretty and real cool.

    “I haven’t seen no other schools do that,” Lattimore told The Times. “It’s crazy.”

  • Silver-n-Smac


    They’re only stupid when they don’t work. Admit it: If Bush doesn’t overthrow a wide open Chilens, we score an easy touchdown and Cable is suddenly a maverick.

    If Pittsburg’s tackle doesn’t make a great play by staying home, D-Mac throws to a wide open receiver and Cable is suddenly a maverick.

    Don’t get me wrong – sometimes, like the Seabass fake field goal of last year, Cable gets WAY too cute.

    But I have no problem with occasional trickery.

    It’s clear the players love Cable.

    So it doesn’t and shouldn’t matter what you or I think about him. If this team plays hard for him, the best thing for those kids on offense if to have some consistency for a change. That’s why we ultimately succeeded with Gruden.

  • fingers

    We need more depth in the Oline dept….. Free agency or the draft but we need help… No more fast guys please…on Fargas… He’s a monster… The guy is always at 100%…. A true Raider…each one of our 3 backs adds something diffrent…. Cable just needs to use them a little more and get McFadden out in the wings… Screen passes…with the threat of a passing game we may really get to see what our backs are capable of….

  • Silver-n-Smac


    Thanks man. It’s not even about me being right or wrong. I just hate to see a guy who plays with so much passion and who’s been such a bright spot, constantly be the brunt of jokes by Raider fans.

    Ask Mike Singletary if he’d rather have Frank Gore or Justin Fargas right now. With Gore these days, it’s either an 80 yard run or nothing. Fargas pounds that ball and almost always keeps the chains moving.

    He is the essence of that physical “hit’em in the mouth” player that Singletary preaches.

    Why can’t Raider fans appreciate a guy like this.

  • aig


    I agree. I just feel that Cable should save the trickery for when we are rolling…right now we need to keep drives going and build momentum. Points are hard to come by for us. I’d rather have a QB rollout then put the ball in Grad’s hands then Bush for throwing.

    I’m biased cuz I am a big Shanahan fan for playcalling. I wished that Cable would do more playaction when we get Fargas and Bush going early in the game. However, I gotta give props when he called that playaction in the 4th qtr for 75 yds. That was a great call. We need more of that.

  • Silver-n-Smac


    Well said.

  • aig

    Thanks Silver,

    back to the game…

    did you guys think that holding call on Henderson’s drive block for Grad’s rollout was a BS call? That negated a huge gain. I thought henderson blocked it well and loved that play.

  • Silver-n-Smac

    Yeah, I thought the same thing. i see a lot worse holding calls than that every single game.

    And another thing on Fargas: Did you notice who saved Gradkowski’s ass on that last touchdown pass, when Tony Stewart got beat? Grad would have been pounded and never gotten that pass off if Fargas didn’t come in and bail Stewart out.

  • Silver-n-Smac

    I just hope the Raiders step up and get another win this weekend. Otherwise, it’s just the same old song and dance.

    As Cable has said numerous time:

    You can’t call yourself a good team until you have shown the ability to win three games in a row.

    I’d like to see that done before 2009 is done.

    We haven’t done it since 2002.

    That’s amazing.

  • VanHeathen

    Fargas has shown he’s a complete player.
    running HARD, catching passes and most importantly, picking up the blitz/pass protection. At this point, there is no reason he shouldn’t get the lions’ share of the work. Love to see him get a few scores this week…
    Go Raiders!

  • aig


    You aint kidding bro about building momentum. Winning is just as contagious as losing. We need to finish out the year strong. I feel real good about it though with Grad at the helm.

    Fargas is awesome at blocking as well. As much as I hate that guy call Dude on here, I gotta give him props for predicting Fargas as a performer. Dmac got Grad killed earlier in the game when he couldnt block a blitzing LB. Fargas picking the blitz was critical in that last drive.

  • aig

    Be back later boys,

    good to see you on here again Silver. Kinda funny that Richochet (our resident Chihauhua) has been absent from here this week. Runs like a coward.

    It was funny has hell to see you call his bluff to meet you at the Colisem for his lap dog comments. I gave him shcytt about that. Next time just tell him to pick a taco bell and meet him there. Later dude.

  • r8eray

    Well..I was boycotting going to a game this year, but it looks like I’ll be going to this one! I didn’t have to pay for these tickets. Not only that but the Raiders look different since Bruce Almighty has started!

  • Silver-n-Smac


    It’s sometimes hard for me to make the time to get here and BS with you boys. But I do enjoy it.

    I know it’s stupid for me to stay stuff like “meet me at the stadium” on a blog, but, that clown really ticks me off.

    He truly believes he’s more intelligent than everyone here and constantly tries ridiculing everyone’s opinions.

    Why people who seemingly hate their “favorite team” (i.e. Richocrap, RealMaddenRaider, etc., etc.) invest so much of their time on a blog of that team just mystifies me.

    Later man.

    Let’s win this weekend!

  • raidertay

    Im not sure what the hell this team needs. This team is talented it just doesnt translate to the field. If anything I think they need more proven veterans. The Ellis/Seymore types to provide leadership.

  • Silver-n-Smac

    Besides 2 more quality offensive linemen, I think that more than anything, this team simply needs the young players we have at the offensive skill positions, to continue to grow and ultimately succeed.

    I may be one of the few clowns here that truly believes that DHB, D-Mac & J-Russ will be really productive and impactful football players when it’s all said and done.

    Yeah, sounds stupid saying that now, but, people just don’t have patience these days.

    It’s not these kids’ faults that they were thrown in the fire before they were really ready to succeed.

    15 years ago, all three (except maybe D-Mac) would be riding the bench for a couple of years minimum.

  • Silver-n-Smac Says:
    December 9th, 2009 at 3:34 pm

    I may be one of the few clowns here that truly believes that DHB, D-Mac & J-Russ will be really productive and impactful football players when it’s all said and done.


    I was going right along with you up until here, and than you lost me.

    We will be lucky if one of those 3 turn into “productive and impactful football players”. And you can cross “J-Russ” right off that list as well.

    But Bruce, Murphy, Miller, Mario, Branch, Scott and Huff. That is a nice core of young guys.

  • raidertay Says:
    December 9th, 2009 at 3:31 pm
    Im not sure what the hell this team needs. This team is talented it just doesnt translate to the field. If anything I think they need more proven veterans. The Ellis/Seymore types to provide leadership.

    A run stuffing NT, LBers and an upgraded o-line might help.

    Mix in a new coaching staff and we might have something.

  • Silver-n-Smac

    vegas raider Says:
    December 9th, 2009 at 3:38 pm

    I was going right along with you up until here, and than you lost me.



    Notice I did call myself a clown. LOL

    Hey man, my koolaid tastes real good and I’m gonna keep drinkin’ until the 3 of them have actually played in 48 full games (translated: 3 full seasons of football).

    We’ll see. . . .we’ll see – as you suggested, I may be completely full of myself!

  • why the hell is that weasel Hanson back??

  • Silver-n-Smac

    I really, really like Branch. He’s gonna be a star. He’s kinda old-school – has that Ronnie Lott kinda serious look about him when they interview him.

    He seems like a legit, old-school, hard-nosed safety.

    And if Mitchell pans out, that’s like having 2 Huggy Bears on our defense (had to throw in the Fargas analogy).

    Huff’s doing a great job though.

    What to do with Mitchell is actually a nice problem to have. You’re only an injury away from needing the kid to step up and make an impact.

  • Silver-N-Smac,

    I still haven’t given up on DHB, and Darren could be more effective in varying roles. But Russell, forget about it. Let’s all just pretend that never happened.

    But I enjoy the kool-aid myself, I have been off the deep end with Bruce since day 1 and I’m not stopping anytime soon.

    Go Raiders!!

  • Silver-n-Smac


    I can’t do it man – my koolaid includes Russell in the mix.

    As long as he would accept less money and Gradkowski proves to be a legit starter, then I’d like to see the following with Russell:

    Just sit him down and force him to watch, learn and work his tail off.

    If he shows some “Eye of the Tiger” in him (I know – ha ha ha ha ha), then we can take the kid more seriously.

    He’s got some skills. No, they’re not great skills like some people like to say. But there’s enough raw talent there and he’s made some really nice plays to warrant not giving up just yet.

    If he takes less money, what do we have to lose?

    It’s not my money and it’s not yours.

    Sit his ass down and let him show you that he wants the job back.

    And if he doesn’t do that, then as you suggested – we forget, admit we F’d up and move on.

    I just think it’s too early. He’s started a total of 25 games and in those 25 games, he’s had a lot more nice plays than Alex Smith had in his entire 3 1/2 full seasons of football.

  • djohnnyg


    I think Bush is better.

    Someone please explain why Michael Bush gets 114 yds. on 14 carries, then we NEVER see him again?

    What sense does that make? And based on the fact they hardly EVER give Bush a chance, when they do, all he does is pick up big chunks of yardage. I believe Bush’s yds. per carry are BETTER than Fargas. I can’t fathom why when a guy goes for 114 yds. on 14 carries he gets benched. Just because the Raiders are dumb enough to bench the guy, it doesn’t make Fargas better. It just mean the powers that be don’t know what the he!! they are doing OR he’s in Al’s doghouse for some small perceived slight.