DHB, Ellis don’t practice


News, notes and quotes Thursday following the Raiders open locker room, practice session and press briefing with coach Tom Cable:

— Aside from left guard Robert Gallery, Raiders who didn’t practice were wide receiver Darrius Heyward-Bey and defensive end Greg Ellis.

Cable said Heyward-Bey was improving but allowed he would probably have to practice Friday to be considered ready to face Washington Sunday. Given his experience level, it’s less important for Ellis to actually practice.

Both are questionable to play.

Center Samson Satele was limited and expected to start at center, with Chris Morris moving to left guard.

— The Raiders running game averaged 126.8 yards in the four games since the return of Gallery, out for the season and awaiting back surgery the nature of which was not disclosed.

Gallery was hurt in the third quarter of the win over Pittsburgh on an attempted trick play when Bruce Gradkowski threw to Darren McFadden, who threw it back to Gradkowski, who was sacked before he could get a pass off.

“It was a clean block, it didn’t look like anything abnormal,” Cable said.

— Schuening, expected to be activated from the practice squad when Gallery is played on injured reserve, was a fifth-round draft pick of the St. Louis Rams in the 2008 draft. He played in one game with the Rams last season and was cut Sept. 5 at the close of training camp this year. He was later signed to the Raiders practice squad.

— Raiders quarterback JaMarcus Russell was his usual cordial, low-key self while talking with reporters for the first time since Nov. 15, giving a trademark wink at the close of the eight-minute interview session.

On one hand, Russell seemed humbled by the demotion and determined to be the starting quarterback in the future, while at the same time seeming to either disagree or be in denial about his weight, work ethic and dedication issues which have plagued him since the start of training camp.

It was as if receivers and the players surrounding him magically began playing better when Gradkowski took over and it was simply bad luck they hadn’t done it for him.

— Cable said he is confident that if Russell was pushed into action because of an injury to Gradkowski that his performance would be much improved.

“I think he’ll go in and do what we ask him to do,” Cable said. “That bar has been raised to a level that the expectation, anything below that would be unacceptable. So you’ve got to be able to move the team.”

In Russell’s absence, wide receivers have been introduced as a more consistent weapon, something Cable believes would carry over if Russell took the field.

“I see no reason why not. It’s just decision making in terms of throwing the ball to them and all that,” Cable said. “They certainly are improving so I would expect him to go out there and be similar.”

While Russell maintains outside criticism has no impact on him, Cable assumes the words carry some sting.

“He’s human. Regardless of what a person says, human beings, they want to have people to respect them and see who they are as a person,” Cable said. “That’s just natural.”

— Gradkowskimania wasn’t enough to prevent the Raiders sixth consecutive blackout, as they failed to sell enough tickets before the 1 p.m. deadline and will not be televised locally.

The Raiders have averaged just over 38,000 vans over their last three games _ some 22,000 short TV territory. Their crowd count of 34,112 on Nov. 22 in a 20-17 win over Cincinnati was their lowest home game attendance in more than 30 years.

— Rich Gannon may not be welcome at the club facility, but Gradkowski was flattered by comparisons with the last Raiders quarterback of a winning team.

(Or, if you prefer the company line, the man who played the worst Super Bowl in NFL history).

“I could look at our games being similar, but you know, he’s on a different level,” Gradkowski said. “He’s proven himself. He’s been a consistent leader, a consistent winner in the NFL, and I’m trying to get there. He’s one of the guys that I look up to and I want to kind of copy his game.”

— It should be no surprise that Gannon is a fan of Gradkowski, telling AOL Fanhouse the quarterback switch has given the Raiders hope.

— For a guy who bristles at quesitons regarding his former team, defensive end Richard Seymour had no problem telling the Boston Herald about the problems with the Patriots now that they’re struggling at 7-5.

The good news for the Raiders is Seymour puts a positive spin on his new situation and the potential of the team rather than be embittered by the losing.


Jerry McDonald - NFL Writer

  • 4evaRaider

    Ok if we say the ineptitude of Jmac was responsible 4 half of those 106 snaps thats lets see,naught by naught naught equals 53 snaps!!!!

    We was getting GASHED….GASHED I say lmao

  • Raider Dell

    Some have commented in here that, the win versus Pitt is somewhat tainted, due to Pitt losing to the Browns last night.

    I look at it differently, the Raiders flew to the East Coast, played in a game temp of 24 degrees, in Pitt, and Pitt had their QB back from a week ago due to a concussion, and needed to win to kep their playoffs hope alive.

    This was a good win. This is the NFL, all wins are not easy, take them when you can and don’t look back.

    How many times have the Raiders played a East Coast game and won and played so hard recently, not many times.

  • jhill

    LOL, Well Gashed it is, my friend!

    All I know is we are going to shut down the 4th string RB from Washington this weekend! There will be no gashes this week!

  • 4evaRaider


  • RaiderD

    Good morning everyone!

  • jhill

    Wassup D!

  • jhill

    Where is the General? Has he been around?

  • 4evaRaider

    Absolutley….We beat the Defending Super Bowl Champs in there OWN back-yard (god I love saying that),when they were fighting 4 a play-off spot.WE WON!!!!

  • RaiderD

    Last time i checked a win is a win is a win……

  • wishbone

    JaMonkie is due $10 mill in base salary next season. I cannot believe that Al would keep that fat azz for that kind of money. JaMonkie has said he will refuse to take a pay cut. If there is no salary cap next season why would Al pay this idiot? No NFL team would take this guy as their starting QB. Should juz let him eat as much as he wants and make him a RT. Worthless piece of garbage.

  • Good Morning Nation.
    4eva is is back!! It’s not the same without you, especially in the mornings.

  • 2 more final exams and I will be DONE!

  • 4evaRaider

    I dont know about Bush.

    Sure fire 1st rounder if he dont break his leg.

    Big Al drafts him 4th round.IMHO Bush should have been a Raiderette at that point if it would have helped the team.

    Due 2 injuries we need and ask Bush 2 play FB.

    The answer was no.

    Bush gets a chance vs. the Bucs….does good but we need a time-out so can I have a break Bush can have a breather…uh-oh.

    I thought ok his 1st real playing time its hot in Tampa ok he need a break.

    Never did I think this would be a recurring thing with him!!!! 4 god-sake he’s a professional athlete and getting paid like one.Yet he stills needs a breather…..IMO he prolly practice as much as Jmac and thats a shame
    Trade Bush now ,imo

  • Charlie


    Bottom line is that lineman represent 41% of your starting twenty two.

    Football is STILL a game of blocking and tackling.
    The rest is window dressing and fluff.
    Without blocking and tackling you DO NOT WIN.
    Without BLOCKING AND TACKLING you have big Ben nad Brady looking foolish.

    To think that you are going to build nearly half of the most important element of your team with later round picks is delusional.

    Make no mistake;
    THE OLINE IS THE HEART OF YOUR TEAM followed closely by the Dline.

    I assure you Upshaw,Shell,Otto,Buehler,Lawrence MADE
    Van Eeghan, Hubbard and Banazak succesful-NOT the other way around.

  • 4evaRaider

    Thankx Raider O Brother….You got it now !!!!! 2 more 2 go!!!!

  • Charlie,

    Well said!!!

    When was the last time we drafted a Lineman in the 1st RD? Gallery!
    In the last 10 years, we drafted 2 linemen in the 1st. Gallery & Brayton, 20% of our 1st RD picks in the last years were invested in the 41%!!!!
    I don’t know about you guys, but that doesn’t look right!

  • RaiderD

    Jack Nicklaus, at The Benjamin School Thursday to honor the school’s Florida state championship-winning boys’ golf team, declined to comment on the Tiger Woods situation.

    When asked whether he thinks Woods’ reputation can be repaired and whether he can regain his popularity following his Thanksgiving weekend car crash and rumors of extramarital affairs, Nicklaus, of North Palm Beach, said: “It’s none of my business. He’ll figure it out. We’ve always been a forgiving society.”

    Now that’s how everyone should be responding to that whole situation.

  • DMAC

    Morning Nation!

  • DMAC

    Didn’t see too much of a run game with Morris at LG. Why not work with Walker and give him all the reps to prepare himself at the LG position?

  • we drafted 2 linemen, 5 DBs, 1 QB, 1 RB, 1WR, 1 LB, and a K.

    We invested 42% of our 1st RD picks on DBs.

  • Prev post is about the last 10 years. We had 12 picks in the 1st RD, and we drafted 5 DBs in the 1st & 2 in the 2nd!
    5 of those picks are not on the team, and 2 are not playing in the NFL!

  • DMAC

    I’m all for trading our first round pick for a proven vet.


    BEER ME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


    I’ll bet money that Mr has been on here yapping about even Cleveland can beat Pittsburgh and the win didn’t mean much.



    You’re writing some nice, and as usual, sarcastic stuff lately.

    Russell thinks that everyone began somehow playing magically better once Bruce took over?!
    Yeah sure. Russell was sucking the life of this team and was actually affecting the development of young players like Murphy and DHB.

  • Ghost to the Post

    Good morning nation. We have to win the next game in front of us. We can’t get caught up in our win. We just have to win the next game. Go Grads. They used to say the samething about Gannon that they are saying about Grads. Mediocre. I’ll take his mediocre skills and his winning attitude any day.

  • DMAC

    Now who will step up and be our vocal leader on the D?


    Raider O!

    Haven’t seen you on here lately. How’s the family and the business?

  • Ghost to the Post

    Nnamdi isn’t that type of player leads with actions not words.

  • DMAC

    We need someone to step up!


    Cable says that if Bruce goes down, Russell will replace him?
    Why not Frye?
    Russell had his shot…and his steaks…and his doughnuts…and his ribs…and his hamburgerss…

  • Ghost to the Post

    Seymour isn’t the RAH RAH kind of guy either. It’s probably Ellis but, he is getting old.

  • DMAC

    New post


    It’s too bad Gallery got hurt so bad-especially on THAT play.

  • Ghost to the Post

    Frye scored high on the wonderlic. He is a smart MF’er. I’m rooting for Grads to keep healthy and JMac on the bench.

  • Richochet

    # 4evaRaider Says:
    December 11th, 2009 at 7:00 am

    I dunno….I’d like to think we took the air out of the steAlers sails

    Losing three in a row prior to coming to Oakslum, one of them to the horrible Chiefs, means they not only had no sails, but were down to one cracked paddle.

    Oh..I get it.

    You want to cheer on the “WE BEAT THE SB CHAMPS” wagon, instead of the “we beat a team that has fallen as fast after being in the SB as the Raiders did in ’03” wagon?

    Oh sure..that works..when you’re “slow”.

    Go for it, Gomer.

  • RaiderD

    I think seymour might just be that vocal leader we need. He might not be the rah rah type of guy but he has the experience that the younger guys can look up to.

  • RaiderD

    …. and learn from.

  • Richochet

    # vegas raider Says:
    December 11th, 2009 at 7:14 am

    Good morning Nation!!

    I would like examples:

    priesttj Says:
    December 10th, 2009 at 8:54 pm

    There are things Russell can do that Grads can’t dream about
    Priest? Answer a common sense request to justify his outlandish, make no sense, comments?

    Never happen.

    But I’ll take a stab at it.

    Russell can command a buffet line like no other..Grad can only dream.

    Russell has done what Grad has NEVER done..which is throw everyone under the bus, except himself. Greyhound is thinking of making him a spokesperson.

    Bling dept? forgeddaboutit.. Russell has bling that weighs more than Grad.

    Deep ball? Grads limit is 55 yards. He aims 55, hits 55, give or take 3.
    Russell’s limit is 75. He aims 75, hits 75 give or take 28, in any direction.

    Yep..JR’s a stud.