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Cable says McClain should be back soon

By Jerry McDonald - NFL Writer
Saturday, August 14th, 2010 at 7:53 pm in Oakland Raiders.

Middle linebacker Rolando McClain missed practice to attend to a personal matter, but coach Tom Cable said he didn’t expect the Raiders’ first-round draft pick to be gone long.

Teammates Thomas Howard and Quentin Groves both offered support for McClain earlier in the day on their Twitter account in terms of prayers for the rookie and his family.

Cable would only say, “He has a personal issue that he has been excused to handle. He’ll be back quick.’’

While no one would say it for the record, the reason for McClain’s absence was a serious illness in his family.

McClain played the first three series against Dallas, exited the game and then came back briefly. He had one tackle and one assist, making no big hits but no obvious mistakes, either.

“I think he did fine,’’ Cable said. “He ran the defense like you want him to. He ran to the ball, was in on a number of plays, so I think you could say it was a success, first time out.’’

More news, notes and quotes from Saturday’s lone practice:

– Quarterback Charlie Frye has a sore right hand that hasn’t responded to treatment and will see a specialist this week to determine what is wrong.

It’s not the first time. Frye missed three games for the Cleveland Browns after injuring his right wrist in Dec. 3, 2006. He returned that year to play in the season finale.

Frye hasn’t practiced since Aug. 5. He has already undergone an MRI which didn’t reveal anything.

“They only show so much because the things in there are so small,’’ Frye said. “That’s probably the hardest part, not knowing. That just tears you up.’’

Cable’s assessment sounded ominous.

“We’re going to have some work done here in the next couple of days to see if we can get kind of some decisions made on what we’ve got to do there,’’ Cable said.

Quarterback Bruce Gradkowski, meanwhile, was recovered enough from a groin strain to get in some work in drills and in team sessions (the Raiders were in shorts or shells) but wasn’t pushing it in terms of mobility.

“We turned him loose throwing the ball and all that today and we’ll see how he feels in the morning and keep adding to it,’’ Cable said.

– Running back Darren McFadden did not practice and hasn’t been on the field since Aug. 7, the day Cable said, “there’s no injury or anything. We just don’t want to mess with it.’’

McFadden was working with Luke Lawton and Jacoby Ford near the field house with a member of the athletic training staff, going through drills. McFadden said he’s not quite ready to turn loose the uninjured hamstring.

If the Raiders play it safe, McFadden could conceivably miss Saturday’s game in Chicago against the Bears.

The dilemma? You never really know a hamstring is healed until you turn it loose _ and the easiest way to re-injure it is to turn it loose.

“Even if it is feeling strong, at the same time you don’t want to open up too much if you’re not ready all the way and go back to point one,’’ McFadden said.

– Ford, out since Aug. 5 with a quadriceps injury, said he’d be back at practice Sunday.

“My coach definitely told me, if you can’t go 100 percent, then don’t go at all. He’d rather have me for the season than to miss all of training camp, which would be bad. That’s very encouraging to have the coaches behind me and supporting me’’

Cable wouldn’t commit to Sunday for Ford, but said, “We’re very close,’’ and thought the rookie hadn’t fallen too far behind.

– With Tyvon Branch and Mike Mitchell both safeties who play physically and usually near the line of scrimmage, and Michael Huff having a void in his contract after this season, Cable has usually skirted the issue as to which player could play as a single deep safety.

On Saturday, that man was Mitchell.

I think the reason you saw him there today is we want to find that out,’’ Cable said. “He did some nice things (against Dallas), and are kind of pleased with what he did. But, there are about four or five plays out there that we cannot have and he’s got to be better.

“In the process of developing our team we kind of want to move him around a little bit and see if we can develop some of those things in the middle of the field.’’

– Veteran running back Rock Cartwright is hoping to stick as a reserve, but looks at the Raiders offense and thinks a lead back could do a lot of damage.

This offense allows a back to do a lot of different things. It allows him to go split out at wideout a lot, it allows him to take a lot of checkdowns and screens.

“If a back is able to stay healthy for a full season in this offense I’m sure they can put up close to 2,000 all-purpose yards.’’

– The Raiders have a single practice Sunday at 3:30 p.m. and two sessions Monday at 8:30 a.m. and 4:20 p.m.Rookie middle linebacker Rolando McClain wasn’t present at practice Saturday attending.

– Place kicker Sebastian Janikowski was not at practice. Cable said Janikowski was “with his family and it’s not a big dea. He’ll be back tomorrow.”

Practice highlights can be found on my Twitter page.

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  • RaiderLen

    SnB, the coaches know what they have in Carlisle and Satelle. That for them provides a certain level of comfort.

    The problem is that these guys are the weakest of the weak links.

    I’d like to see the coaches run Veldheer and Campbell against the 1st unit of an opposing D to see if these guys can meet or exceed the production of the Guys in front of them.

    If not, let them sit and learn.

  • SnB offense defense specialteams

    RaiderLen,

    Let’s not ruin these two kids. They have tremendous upside. Let’s develop them and bring them along.

    That’s all I am saying. Satele and Carlisle….someone thought these guys could play..

    This is a defense 1st team. Campbell and Veldheer are not going to be the difference between a bad offense and an elite offense

  • http://www.car.org KoolKell

    SnB

    Agreed, this is Not Madden Playstation. Just because those 2 are new and shiney doesn’t mean they’re ready. Campbell in particular said he wasn’t ready.

  • RaiderLen

    The good news is Veldheer and Campbell have 3 more weeks to push the other 2 out. :)

    I like their chances.

  • http://atm Raider O

    J,

    According to Cable, the RT is Walker.
    We haven’t played Vledheer at RT, so how do you oboe he can contribute more to the OL at C than RT?
    Thec, you can try to answer that too, or do what you do best and let other take care of it.

  • RaiderLen

    KoolKell Says:
    August 15th, 2010 at 12:49 pm
    SnB

    Agreed, this is Not Madden Playstation. Just because those 2 are new and shiney doesn’t mean they’re ready. Campbell in particular said he wasn’t ready.
    ====================================================
    They are new and shiney. They aquitted themselves well last Thursday.

    I’d like to see more.

  • http://atm Raider O

    You know he can’t contribute*

    J,

    LMAO @ Pears & Barnes at RT, and then saying we should play the kid where he can help!
    He can help at RT!!!!
    Campbell can help at RG!!!!
    Sign/ trade for a C!!!!

  • RaiderLen

    SnB, part of the development process is to raise the level of expectation, and intensity of competition.

    Test, measure results, adjust accordingly.

  • http://raidersfans.net Just Win

    RRRRRAAAAAIIIIIIIDDDDEEEERRRRRSSSSSSS!!!

  • SnB offense defense specialteams

    RaiderLen,

    We “threw” Robert Gallery out there and had him switching positions etc…and ruined him as a great Left Tackle.

    Let these two kids learn the nuances of the craft. They did not come out of the box “Cable Ready” so they need work.

    If Satele and Carlisle are unacceptable, I would expect the General Manager be on the phone trying to get a trade or free agent signing.

  • RaiderLen

    This is a defense 1st team. Campbell and Veldheer are not going to be the difference between a bad offense and an elite offense
    ————————————————-
    Agree. But Carlisle and Satelle are primary contributors to the Bad.

  • http://atm Raider O

    J,

    You should know 2 facts:
    1- V played LT at College.
    2- It’s easy to switch from LT in College to RT in NFL if you have reach & strength. Switch from LT in college to C in the NFL requires more work, learning, and development!

    Those are the Facts Bro!!!!

  • http://atm Raider O

    J,

    Don’t let the facts come in the way of a good argument. Have fun bro! lol

  • RaiderLen

    SnB offense defense specialteams Says:
    August 15th, 2010 at 12:56 pm
    RaiderLen,

    We “threw” Robert Gallery out there and had him switching positions etc…and ruined him as a great Left Tackle.

    Let these two kids learn the nuances of the craft. They did not come out of the box “Cable Ready” so they need work.

    If Satele and Carlisle are unacceptable, I would expect the General Manager be on the phone trying to get a trade or free agent signing
    =============================================
    I understand and respect your point of view. I’d take a different approach however.

    If Carlisle and Satelle were not so lousy, I’d prefer a more gradual process.

    I don’t see the Raiders bringing anyone in, unless injury forces their hand.

  • RaiderLen

    Raider O Says:
    August 15th, 2010 at 1:02 pm
    J,

    Don’t let the facts come in the way of a good argument. Have fun bro! lol
    ===================================================
    Yo Raider O,

    Veldheer could be an exception. Small school, lower level of competition, and then kicked ass in the all star games.

    He adjusted rather nicely.

    Cable has stated that Veldheer is a good athelete.

    He’s probably pretty smart as well.

    Smart and athletic. Good foundation to build on.

    He can dooooo it!

  • JT52

    whats up guys?

    Watching the replay of the dallas game on NFL network right now. D-Line looks to be much improved. The nickel package has Wimbley and Scott with their hands on the ground and Mcclain and I think howard at LB

    Should be interesting to see how much stays the same in Chicago

  • http://atm Raider O

    Len,

    Then he should be our RT for the next 10 years. Super Mario is solid at LT for now, and he is still improving.
    Campbell can be our future RG, And Gallery is our LG.
    All we need is to add a C!

    I don’t like what the Fat Mnkey is doing! I like to keep it simple!

  • http://atm Raider O

    Walker sucks at RT. I’m watching the replay on NFLN.

  • SnB offense defense specialteams

    I hope the Raiders have Nnamdi shadow the opposing best receiver this year.

    Have him staying on the right side….that time tested method!

  • http://atm Raider O

    Walker sucks at RT!! He can’t keep up with any speed. He needs to play G. Cooper Sucjs too!!

  • http://atm Raider O

    McClain looks huge!!!! Did he add weight?

  • fat kidd

    arizona qb john skelton looked good!!!

  • http://atm Raider O

    Our DL looks great!!

    Our entire defense looks good!
    Top 12 defense.

  • http://atm Raider O

    Mr. Bush looks good too!!

    Our weakness is our OL & FB iMHO. Thank you Fat Monkey aka OL Gurur!

  • SnB offense defense specialteams

    Did Heyward-Bey even play in this game outside the 1st drive.

    Someone have Murphy and DHB change salaries.

  • http://atm Raider O

    Walker is killing us at RT!!! He should be moved to RG!

    Start Veldheer at RT, and let Walke/ Campbell/ Barnes compete at RG!!

    Cooper should be cut unless he can play C!

  • SnB offense defense specialteams

    Offense looked like shhhhhhhh

  • SnB offense defense specialteams

    Lots of work to do.

    Run the ball and play good defense.

    Don’t force the pass…we have not the Lineman or Receivers.

  • http://atm Raider O

    Jerry,

    Ask Cable about Veldheer playing RT please. Maybe he didn’t think about it!

    Damn you Fat Monkey!!!

  • http://atm Raider O

    Matt Show-Nasty looks great!!!!!!!

  • http://atm Raider O

    McClain, Branch, and Mitchell can hit!!!

    I love this defense!

  • fat kidd

    we have a defense worthy of a nickname!!!!!!

  • http://atm Raider O

    We should cut :
    Eugene
    Cooper
    Barnes
    Routt
    Morris
    Norris (4th RD pick from last year)

    Cut them now!

  • fat kidd

    “the Assassins” in honor of jack tatum

  • Nnamdi21

    fat kidd Says:
    August 15th, 2010 at 2:14 pm
    we have a defense worthy of a nickname!!!!!!

    ===============

    The Infernal Machine…a lil too high brow maybe?

  • Nnamdi21

    Raider O Says:
    August 15th, 2010 at 2:17 pm
    We should cut :
    Eugene
    Cooper
    Barnes
    Routt
    Morris
    Norris (4th RD pick from last year)

    Cut them now!

    ========================

    Dude, thats a pretty good list. But you left off Sam Williams, Samson Satele and Jeremy Ware.

  • http://atm Raider O

    Nnamdi,

    I like Ware. lol

  • fat kidd

    do you keep swayze waters just to find out why his parents named him that?

  • Nnamdi21

    Ware looks slow…

  • http://atm Raider O

    Our 53 man roster:

    -DE: Matt Show-Nasty, Houston, Jay Richardson, ?
    -DT: Seymour, TK/ Henderson, and Bryant.
    -OLB: Scott, Wimbley, Groves, TH, and Condo
    -ILB: McClain, Brown, and Goethel.
    -CB: Nnamdi, CJ, McFadden, Ware, ?
    -S: Branch, Huff, Mitchell, Boyd/ Brown.

  • fat kidd

    jeremy ware we keep cause when he comes underneath for a interception we can call him underware

  • MistaBrown

    After watching the game a 2nd time I like Yamon Figurs we need to take a good look at him, since he plays ST they can even cut Watkins in favor of Figurs for all I care.

    Nick Miller didnt get his left foot down on the TD but nice catch and throw from KB.

    I haven’t seen anybody mention L Murphy’s alligator arms on that pass over the middle. If that was DHB he would be getting blasted for that!

    Did D Bryant play? Shaunessy and Houston are going to be players.

    Cable is still stupid…

  • fat kidd

    dez bryant out for at least first two games high ankle sprain.

  • http://atm Raider O

    Offense:

    -QB: Campbell, GarbageKowski, Colt
    -RB: Mr. Bush, DMC, ?
    -FB: Reece,?
    -WR: Chaz, Murphy, DHB, JLH, Ford, Miller.
    -TE: Miller, Myers, ?
    -OT: Mario, Veldheer, Pears, Barnes
    -OG: Gallery, Walker, Campbell, Loper/Alex Parsons
    -C: Satele

  • TerrapinRaider

    Watching replay on NFLN. These Cowboy’s announcers are garbage. They only know the QB and the HC for Oakland. Everything else is Cowboy this Cowboy that ..yadayadayada.

    And we were too hard on DHB. That broken up pass didn’t look like you can completely blame him for it. He was open, the pass came, which could have been a little late, and the defender recovered to make a good play on the ball.

    What was more clear was that was the ONLY time his number was called all 3 series. You can tell because of where Campbell was looking. Still DHB was getting open even as he wasn’t the primary WR.

    We have to withhold judgement on this kid. He definitely has gotten bigger. Dude’s Fitzgerald size now. On one route (when Campbell missed ZM on the 4th down conversion – he and ZM both ran slants) DHB muscled his man to the outside and came back in – open. Got all into his chest – phyical.

    We all know he works hard and has a good head. Lets hope he breaks out this year. (Yet, he probably has but we didn’t get to see it).

  • fat kidd

    i want too watch the jacoby ford show!!!!playing soon i hope.

  • fat kidd

    new post

  • Ohbjuan

    I have lost all confidence in McFadden. I don’t think he is committed to being a good NFL player. Follow him on Twitter and you see going out to clubs, playing with his iPhone and other things are more important. He never talks about how hard he is working to improve as a player. I think the has the JaMarcus Russell mentality, he likes the money being an NFL player gives him, but he isn’t willing to WORK hard to be good.