Last three practices on ice


The doctor said it was a Grade 2 sprain, although X-rays could be forthcoming if there isn’t sufficient improvement within a week.

And that’s the most accurate medical report you’ll get around here for awhile, because I was standing right there when he said it.

The sprain is mine, incurred Sunday on a walking-biking-running trail when I got too close to the edge as bikes were whizzing past and ended up turning my right ankle and tumbling into a ditch.

The Raiders would describe my absence from practice this week because of “soreness,” “just being smart” or possibly even “fatigue.”

To be fair, they’re not the only ones. Non-disclosure of injuries, or at least staying as bland and generic with the pertinent information, is a way of life in the NFL.

It’s how Luke Lawton’s “headache” morphed into a concussion, Chaz Schilens’ rest periods for his surgically-repaired foot became potential knee surgery and Darren McFadden’s “tightness” evolved into a hamstring pull severe enough to keep him out more than a week.

As for Darrius Heyward-Bey and his curious case of “fatigue,” who knows?

McFadden and Heyward-Bey could return to practice today at 3:30 p.m., according to coach Tom Cable in his conference call with Bay Area media Monday.

As for me, I’ll miss the last three practices (so no more Twitter updates) and hopefully be mobile enough to make it to the 49ers-Raiders game Saturday night. A Raiders chat is in the works for Wednesday afternoon.

Beat writer Steve Corkran will pass along pertinent information as well as news and and notes and I’ll post it here with my right foot on ice.

Jumping to a few conclusions heading into the last three practices of training camp:

— Based on Monday night’s Arizona-Tennessee game, the Raiders ought to be at least 2-1 after three games. The opener in Nashville will be rough, with an extremely difficult defensive opponent played in high heat and humidity. But the home opener against St. Louis and Sam Bradford (A.J. Feely is hurt) in Week 2 and the Cardinals in Week 3 is a nice bit of scheduling.

Both Matt Leinart and Derek Anderson struggled to complete the most basic pass. The Cardinals, without Kurt Warner and Anquan Boldin, looked lost.

— The only way to look at it regarding Chaz Schilens is that anything they get out of him should be considered a bonus. Perhaps Schilens has a quick knee scope and returns to the field injury free forever, but that’s not the way to bet. You watch Schilens when he’s relatively healthy and wonder how he could have ever lasted until the seventh round. Then you look at his injury history dating back to San Diego State and wonder no more.

Good guy, good talent, bad body.

It was a major roll of the dice when the Raiders opted not to pursue a veteran receiver.

— Check out this recent Sports Illustrated story on Jets fullback Tony Richardson and then imagine him playing in Oakland along with Michael Bush and Darren McFadden should he be “terminated.”

— Let’s see, Johnnie Lee Higgins, Yamon Figurs, Jacoby Ford, Nick Miller . . . which one do you entrust with fielding the first Tennessee punt in Week 1? The Raiders would have loved for Ford to seize the job, and he’ll make the 53-man roster, but the quad injury put him behind. Don’t be surprised if it’s Higgins simply because he’s done it before for the Raiders.


Jerry McDonald - NFL Writer

  • Plunketthead

    Meltdown said
    “Are you seriously comparing the Raiders to the Cowboys? The Cowboys have had far more success in the modern day league than the Raiders””

    The cowbilches have not sniffed a SB in 15 years or more.
    They may have won two playoff games in that time.
    They have the megabucks and we have been to many more playoff games then they have in the past 15 years.
    Two AFC championships and a SB.

    We kick their butt in the “modern” times

    And to kick you one last time, They have the third? biggest market, sold out fan base that bought a new supermega walmart stadium, are stable, The NFL leaves them alone, they get all the benifiet of doubt because they are “Americas team, etc, etc and you want to compare them to us?

    You suck the orange wannabee nation and Al rules

  • Lakota

    Gruden and Bruce Allen were a tandem that was able to control Al Davis and manipulate him into going off his normal course and it resulted in wins.

    Kiffin took too much of a direct rout and got burned.

    Cable is too dumb and loyal to even try it. The Russell problem was so obvious even Al had to go with Cable.

    But this offseason has given me hope that Hue Jackson might be able to talk some sense into Al Davis. He is really the only new factor in the equation and just look how different this offseason was compared to last offseason.

  • raidertbone

    Not to mention the fact that the Cowboys have the absolute worst broadcast team in the business. We’ve got Greg Papa, Coach Flores and Jim Plunkett; and they have – Babe Laufenberg?!!

  • Plunketthead


    What are you talking about? Go back to the archives. Meltdown Raider flipped out everytime we won.
    I suggest the beagle/steelturd beatdowns if anyone wants to see what a pathetic racist/bigot he is besides being a Raider hater.

  • raidertbone

    I still think that Hue Jackson is our head coach-in-waiting.

  • ArmChair GM

    The Real MaddenRaider Says:

    Why does it matter to you what Ricochet’s favorite team is? Maybe he doesn’t even have a favorite team. I’m pretty much heading there. I’m almost through with the Raiders, and I don’t plan on taking up another team. A lot of people just watch the NFL, and mock their former team for continuing to self destruct…

    These are Madden Raider’s own words here on this blog,
    Now he’s a fan again??

  • raidertbone

    My dog just licked its nads .. kind of reminded me of some of today’s posters. Until later, Nation, I’m out!

  • Captain Mudslide & the Dingle Berry Posse

    RMR just fell off the couch…

  • Plunketthead


    How the hell can you fire Cable when he goes 8-8 or better and the entire team shows improvements in all phases of the game, because thats whats gonna happen.

    Besides my Cable jersey rules and will for years to come.

    Lance kiffin is a liar for a day and a week and a month
    Al D for GM of the year!
    No knuckleheads!
    Check the air in your helmet!
    DMAC has tired dogs………………..again and again

    Best year ever!!

  • Lakota

    Man, with the NBA and NFL heading towards work stoppages in 2011 what the hell are we going to do all winter next year?

    College football is okay….

    Can’t watch hockey anymore…the teams’ rosters change on a friggin daily basis….


  • Plunketthead

    I think Cable has been pushing Al to build this team this way.

    Sure he knows his place, however he said what he was gonna do with this team on day one and so far its been no knuckleheads, just like he said.

  • Kirk

    I think we can beat the Titans, but it won’t be easy.

    I look forward to Mr’s Johnson and McLain meeting each other.

  • Lakota

    Plunketthead Says:
    August 24th, 2010 at 2:13 pm
    I think Cable has been pushing Al to build this team this way.

    Sure he knows his place, however he said what he was gonna do with this team on day one and so far its been no knuckleheads, just like he said.


    lol, yeah Cable is influencing the Raiders’ course…that is why Al demoted him to Timeout Coordinator after leaving him hanging for a couple of months this offseason.

  • Raider O Says:
    August 24th, 2010 at 1:12 pm

    Al will bring us glory again! Print That!

    Bo Schembechler Jackson Says:
    August 24th, 2010 at 1:38 pm

    Al Davis is the most successful GM in the history of the game.
    Funny, when I’m criticizing Al Davis in the middle of a 29-83, all of his chumps tell me It’s Kiffin’s fault, it’s Shell’s fault, It’s Russel’s fault, The Draft is a crapshoot etc, etc, etc, adnauseum.

  • Plunketthead

    I think he is doing a good job, you think he is doing a terrible job. The truth may lies closer to the high middle.

    This year will settle it.
    Same with DMAC.

  • ArmChair GM

    If we beat the Titans, I strongly believe that we will win the division.

    With so many young players on this team, the confidence that would be gained from that win would be huge!

  • Plunketthead

    It aint easy pulling an NFL team out of the gutter we have dug ourselves into.
    Most teams flounder here forever and a day. Good thing we have a proud history to help us pull our socks on.
    We will rise up and take our place among the contenders and it starts this year.

    Long live Al!

  • Lakota

    Tom Cable: Mr. Davis, here is what we need to do this offseason, we need to…

    Al Davis: Hold it right there Tim! Before you say anything I just wanted you to know that I am taking away all of your power, but you will still be head coach in name as I don’t want to fire another coach right now…makes me look bad.

    Tom Cable: Oh, well I see, but I think we need to..

    Al Davis: Tim, be quiet and just go back to work and pretend you are of importance here. I have a meeting with the offensive coordinator Hue Jackman and my assistant defensive coordinator, Jack Marshall. I’ll have Herrera fill you in on your talking points for the next meeting with the media.

    Tom Cable: But Mr. Davis…

    Al Davis: Shut your trap before I decide to fire you anyhow! I barely knew your name when I hired you, and the only reason you are here is because no one wants the job right now, so you need to just shut up and be happy that I am even paying you. What the hell is your career coaching record? 20-54? You think I want your input? Now go get the shoe shine kit and shine my shoes….and shine Herrera’s while you are at it!

    Herrera: Oh most benevolent one I am so grateful for…

    Al Davis: You shut up too.

    Tom Cable: My wife better not give me any lip tonight!

    Al Davis: What was that?

    Tom Cable: Never mind.

  • Plunketthead

    We dont have to beat the TT.
    We do have to play like we did in last seasons opener.
    And then we have to really start playing good football.

  • Plunketthead

    Well, its just MHO, but I think you go overboard on the TC hate……….. and the DMAC love. : )

    But I also give you credit for toning it way down from two years ago. I think having babies is a wonderful thing and it changes men in profound ways
    I like how you dont have to have the last word, you are not spiteful and you let me throw darts now and then without it bothering you.

    Talk about heaping hot coals on a fellas head.

    Anyway this year will be the proof
    I have a well worn Cable Jersey that says he will have a great year

  • ArmChair GM

    I’m not a Davis worshiper, but I’m not an Al Davis hater either.

    I’m like right in the middle between Black Hole Priest and Madden Raider.

    When someone sets themselves up as the emperor like Al Davis has, he must bear responsibility for the GOOD and the BAD.

    The Raiders have had the worst 7 year stretch in the NFL since 2003.

    However, the Raiders over the entire course of their existence have also proven to be one of the greatest franchises in the history of professional sports.

    If they weren’t then WE WOULDN’T ALL BE HERE ARGUING on this blog. We would have found another team and another blog to follow.

    So like Al Davis says, there is no denying ‘Da Greatness of Da Rayduhs.’

    Has he been a horrible GM/Owner since 2003. Yes!

    Has he made some good draft choices and trades the last two seasons. Yes!

    He is worthy of criticism for his mistakes, and praise for his accomplishments and good choices.

  • Lakota


    If you are out there, I was thinking about what you said the other day, that if it were up to fans like me Madden would never have made it as our HC because he was like Cable and didn’t have much of a resume before he was hired. Hope I got that right…

    Anyhow, well, maybe that would have been a good thing? I have read that maybe the Raiders win several more SBs if we had good coach back in the late 60s and the 70s….

    How many times did Madden’s teams choke in the big games?

    I wasn’t alive to witness it, but I am interested in your take on that opinion I read.

    Or anyone else’s for that matter…how many SBs would those super talented teams have won with a better head coach? Or was Madden really that great?

  • Has he been a horrible GM/Owner since 2003. Yes!
    6 winning seasons in the last 20.

  • Plunketthead

    You are starting to sound more like the real KK
    Post a pic, big man!!

  • souldogdave

    Well, here goes.McFadden, and Schillens must play, and if DHB turns out as crystal as the other two, we should get our money back.At least the receiver was a late round pick,the other two were “blue chip” LMAO.I am a Raider fan , but not a “stupidity” fan.MAN UP OR MOVE ON.

  • souldogdave

    By the receiver I meant “Crystal” Schillens.DHB is no t yet a receiver, to me.

  • RaidingTexas

    Dang, Jerry. Sorry to hear that. Hope it heals quickly.

  • Musaeus

    Funny how jeuvenile optimism can so quickly turn into wisened pessimism. I don’t care who catches the ball, but they have to be able to get open and catch the ball.