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Mum’s the word on Raiders aches, pains

The Raiders entered lockdown mode Monday in their first post-training camp practice session at the club facility in Alameda.

Some news and notes as relayed by beat writer Steve Corkran:

– Coach Tom Cable conceded he was happy to see Jason Campbell throwing the ball after suffering a stinger and a right wrist injury against San Francisco, but wasn’t going into detail about injuries to Campbell or anyone else.

“We are going to adhere to the in-season injury policy and we’re not going to talk about injuries, or where anyone’s at or what’s going on with them,” Cable said.

Editorial aside: OK, then how come through at least 90 percent of his coaching tenure with the Raiders, Cable has opened press briefings with the statement, “Quick injury update . . . ”

Cable left it open regarding Campbell’s availability Thursday night, even though it’s a virtual certainty he won’t play.

“Don’t know that yet,” Cable said. “And it has nothing to do with injuries, it has to do with what we’re going to do with our team.”

Editorial aside: Oops. He just talked about injuries.

As for Michael Bush, he may or may not have had a super secret procedure done on his fractured left thumb Monday.

“We’re not going to talk about those things, any of that,” Cable said.

When asked if he could confirm Bush had the procedure, he answered, “No.”

Editorial aside: An educated guess _ sounds like the head coach got a lecture about being too forthcoming about injuries. Another educated guess _ Al Davis would have much rather have heard Cable say Bush’s thumb was “sore” rather than fractured and not mentioned that Chaz Schilens would be out three to six weeks.

– Cable repeated there has been no movement about adding an extra wide receiver given the absence of Schilens. Receivers recently on the market include Antonio Bryant (cut by the Bengals) and Laveranues Coles (cut by the Jets) although Bryant has been injured and Coles has talked of retiring.

– Cable on Bruce Gradkowski: “I think he certainly went and proved he’s the backup quarterback here.”

– It may be time for an in-season policy on about injuries, but it’s not yet the in-season policy for media access as the locker room remained closed and only a few players were made available.

– Safety Tyvon Branch didn’t sound overly concerned about the 49ers rushing for 166 yards, pointing out that the Raiders are still getting adjusted to new schemes and were without a key piece of the run defense.

“We still have to work out the rough patches. We changed a lot of stuff up coming into this year as opposed to last year,” Branch said. “And then Richard Seymour not playing I think is the biggest difference. He gets those guys fired up up front. Once we get him back it’s a tremendous change in the defense, tremendous.”

Cable thought there was no issue with run fits or assignments. It was poor tackling, pure and simple.

– Left tackle Mario Henderson wasn’t ducking the issue of who was responsible for Campbell’s stinger. Forty-Niners outside linebacker Travis LaBoy was his assignment.

“I take responsibility. That’s my fault. The only thing I can do is get better,” Henderson said. “Thank God the injury is minor. All I can do, like they told me, is get better and move on. Just try not to let it happen again.”

Campbell told Henderson there were no hard feelings.

“I even texted him. It was like, ‘I apologize. I hope you’re OK.’ He told me he was good,” Henderson said. “Like I said, now it’s behind me. We can just move on. It shows a lot of credit.”

– Rookie middle linebacker Rolando McClain arrived with the reputation of carrying himself like a veteran on the field and in the film room. He’s already a pro at avoiding interviews as well. Sometimes he doesn’t even respond with to a request with his voice, he’ll put his hands palm down in a gesture which apparently means “no chance” and then keeps on walking.

– Cable’s review of Jared Veldheer, in his first start as a center in the NFL:“I thought pretty good. There are two plays I would like to have back. He probably would do. But I thought overall he did a fine job and I think for a guy going in playing against a 3-4, being covered every snap like that, you would have to say it was probably a little better than expected.”

– With Schilens out, here is how Cable handicapped the wide receivers competition behind Louis Murphy and Darrius Heyward-Bey: “I think there’s a number of guys. I think Yamon Figurs has stepped it up. Jacoby Ford. We’ve got to teach him to get his feet up underneath him when he’s coming out of breaks a little bit. Johnnie Lee Higgins has showed some things. So we have a nice corps right there, a next group just ready to step up.”

If Todd Watkins had caught that last pass from Gradkowski, he’d probably have merited a mention.

Cable’s top three priorities for the Seattle game on short rest: 1) Tackling; 2) Kick coverage; 3) Consistency on offense.

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  • Just Fire Baby

    So are you saying the 49ers feared blitzing Bruce more than Campbell?

    Campbell is a guy who has the rap of someone who takes too many sacks. So far, seems about right.

  • Just Fire Baby

    Crap, I gotta run, off to beautiful Taos!!

  • VanHeathen

    I think we all know who the real ‘Jock Sniffer’ is…
    and it isn’t Bruce ALMIGHTY!

  • severeraiderz

    Priest,

    Totally agree, the guy isnt ready. Especially when it comes to having to handle some of the better NT’s in the league. Just think of how badly he would have looked if he had to handle Franklin in the middle and not RJF.

  • priesttj

    Not ready means he is NOT a quality starter not even close. Maybe later in the season if pressed into service he might help somewhere but he didn’t thrill me at all. IMO Satele was much better.

  • VanHeathen

    BTW: ‘SCOUT’(?)….
    Murphy’s big play came on a corner BLITZ.

  • J Hill

    Priest,

    Right back at ya.

    The protection was outstanding on that 3rd down play where Meyers dropped the ball.

    The protection was outstanding on the pass to McFadden for 1st dn that was called back due to Murphy lining up wrong.

    The protection was REALLY good on the first drive to a TD.

    Smoke and mirrors????

    LMFAO!

  • http://www.blogcdn.com/www.fanhouse.com/media/2008/04/desmond-howard-425-sm.jpg Bo Schembechler Jackson

    People think I’m saying this stuff because I don’t like the kid and that aint it at all. He’s NOT ready yet.

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    Excuse us if we wait for the professionals to make that decision. You’ve been wrong before. Spectacularly. And often.

  • priesttj

    Severeraiderz you can’t tell these guy’s anything Franklin would’ve used that kid for a turnstile.

  • GANJApassion

    What do you guys think our record will be this year?? ill say 7-9 if we get lucky 8-8

  • J Hill

    Spectacularly.

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    LOL!

  • RaiderRockstar

    Jhill: got time to give TJ a film session?

    lessons start at $20 per hour, right?

  • RaiderRockstar

    Franklin would’ve used that kid for a turnstile.

    ***

    Satele too, for that matter

  • http://www.blogcdn.com/www.fanhouse.com/media/2008/04/desmond-howard-425-sm.jpg Bo Schembechler Jackson

    People think I’m saying this stuff because I don’t like the kid.

    Severeraiderz you can’t tell these guy’s anything Franklin would’ve used that kid for a turnstile.

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    LOL

  • J Hill

    Franklin would’ve used that kid for a turnstile.

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    The MAIN point YOU are missing is that Satele would have been that same turnstile, lol!

    Just like last year’s preseason game. As a matter of fact, as a comparison, Satele didn’t know the line calls then either and looked MUCH worse than Veldheer did this past weekend.

    And don’t act like you don’t remember Satele getting tossed around!

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    # VanHeathen Says:
    August 31st, 2010 at 1:14 pm

    BTW: ‘SCOUT’(?)….
    Murphy’s big play came on a corner BLITZ.
    ================================================

    A lot of big plays come on blitzes. That’s why it breaks me up every time fans here scream “blitz, blitz, blitz.” Any decent Q will pick a blitz to pieces, and the results are normally big plays if not TD’s.

  • J Hill

    It’s a moot point for me because the state of our Oline has me in agreement that Satele should start at C.

    Satele is a better C than Walker and Henderson are OTs, so Veldheer is needed at OT like NOW!

  • GANJApassion

    Thats why you have to use diffrent blitze packages and come at them from diffrent angles and fake the blitz when your really not blitzing

  • http://www.car.org KoolKell

    Veldheer @ Center speaks volumes about the strength of the position for the Raiders.

    Weak Starter
    Weak Backup

    Not good.

  • severeraiderz

    For everyone supporting Veldheer as a better player than Satele at C, please explain the difference in the ability of Bush to find yards in the running game and the difference in the effectivness of ur screen game. Veldheer does not finish his blocks in the running game or get to the second level in the run game or on screen passes. He is not ready and if had to play a legitimate starter at NT in the NFL he would have been overpowered and had an even tougher time. In two stints at C he has accounted for at least 3 sacks!!!

  • RaiderRockstar

    Kell: fact of the matter is, we’re weak on the interior of BOTH lines, which means we won’t be able to run the ball or stop the run … which means we will not be in the playoffs this year, even despite a weak schedule

  • priesttj

    Yeah I’ll agree there was some positives more than I would’ve guessed but one drive and a few plays doesn’t a season make. Give the kid time and we’ll see where we are. I saw promise but I also saw some rookie errors and erors that a guy who’s playd that position even if he is a rookie wouldn’t make. If we were talking a great young C my tone would be very different but we aint……period

  • GANJApassion

    Why dont we sign Mawae??

  • http://www.car.org KoolKell

    I too would much rather see Veldheer honing his skills at OT.

    He’s looked good there, and it’s his natural position.

    And, it’s not like the Raiders are set at OT for years to come, is it?

  • Raiders for life

    Another new guy here.
    I had to sign up because you all have alot of good info on who and what to watch for. Thanks for that.

  • priesttj

    Jhill Satele has played Franklin and the best NT in the business he’s seen them and held his own wether you realize that or not he’s DONE IT! Veldheer HASN’T!!

  • DKnight007

    The screen game can be even more effective if freakin guys like Satele, Carlisle and Gallery actually engage someone in the 2nd or 3rd level instead of just blindly diving and completely missing a body.

    Sheesh….

  • RaiderRockstar

    Veldheer played LT in college. 4 year starter at Hillsdale and gave up ZERO sacks

    gets drafted by Cable and thrown into the mix at Tackle and Center.

    Isn’t it hard enough to make the transition from small school college LT to NFL LT? and he’s gotta play Center too, something he’s never done before? He started 1 preseason game and you guys are crapping all over him, ignoring the fact that he’s already ahead of Chris Morris, whose been here since 2006. and Veldheer’s debut was better than expected, according to “OL guru” Cable – which means he’s a work in progress, and they are not giving up on him. He’s even competing with Satele – pushing for a starting job. More than we can say about vets Barnes, Lopers, Pears or fellow rookie BCampbell!

  • severeraiderz

    JFB

    wrong about JC. He has taken sacks due to the fact that he has had a porous OL and last year absolutely no running game. He has a rep for not taking risks and checking down too often because of that bad OL and the fact that he has never been comfortable in an offense.

    Grads benefitted from a blown coverage from a zone blitz that accounted for 74 of his passing yards and 1 of his TD’s. Take away that play and he didnt fare much better than JC.

  • RaiderRockstar

    Satele has played Franklin and the best NT in the business he’s seen them and held his own wether you realize that or not he’s DONE IT!

    ***

    link? source?

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    # GANJApassion Says:
    August 31st, 2010 at 1:28 pm

    Why dont we sign Mawae??
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    Because Satele was rated higher than him last year. Just ask Vegas Raider.

  • http://www.blogcdn.com/www.fanhouse.com/media/2008/04/desmond-howard-425-sm.jpg Bo Schembechler Jackson

    If we were talking a great young C my tone would be very different but we aint……period

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    Now I’m REALLY rooting for the kid.

    If Veldheer had missed all of camp with a bum knee and then Priest had a really good talk with his dad, I bet TJ would proclaim Veldheer the next Dave Dalby.

    BTW Priest, the Raider COACHES disagree with you about Satele’s play…we’ll trust them over you, OK?

  • RaiderRockstar

    Because Satele was rated higher than him last year. Just ask Vegas Raider.

    ***

    puhleeze don’t get JFB started with that nonsense again!

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    # DKnight007 Says:
    August 31st, 2010 at 1:31 pm

    The screen game can be even more effective if freakin guys like Satele, Carlisle and Gallery actually engage someone in the 2nd or 3rd level instead of just blindly diving and completely missing a body.

    Sheesh….
    ================================================

    If you go to the Chicago game tape, on the big play screen to the FB, Satele acts like he falls down (a classic screen play maneuver) and then levels one of the Chicago players which results in the big gain. Satele might not be Matt Birk or Nick Mangold, but he is a better player than most of you guys give him credit for. As for the Henderson brothers……….

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    # RaiderRockstar Says:
    August 31st, 2010 at 1:36 pm

    Because Satele was rated higher than him last year. Just ask Vegas Raider.

    ***

    puhleeze don’t get JFB started with that nonsense again!
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    Just saying.

  • RaiderRockstar

    Satele might not be Matt Birk or Nick Mangold

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    JW: he’s not even Jake Grove or Jeremy Newberry!

    and LT’s Harris & Henderson weren’t even Barry Sims!

    let’s just hope Langston Walker is better than Cornell Green was and Cooper Carlisle regains 2007 form

  • RaiderRockstar

    new post

    *fart*

  • http://raidersfans.net Just Win

    Remember the Oline has year was in a complete state of flux. Only two guys started every game and our best lineman didn’t even play half the season and neither of those starters were particularly stellar. You have to really know your stuff to accurately evaluate a center in that kind of environment.

  • DKnight007

    I would like to see two other another priorities put in there as well Coach Cable:

    On defense….. maintaining GAP control and attacking and filling the gap by the D-Line and LB’s.

    And on offense, Center and Fullback Blitz pickups!

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