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Mum’s the word on Raiders aches, pains

By Jerry McDonald - NFL Writer
Monday, August 30th, 2010 at 2:52 pm in Oakland Raiders.

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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  • RaiderRockstar

    DKnight007 Says:
    August 31st, 2010 at 12:46 am
    Re watching the game, and man, Reece needs to step it up in the blocking category.

    Twice he let P Willis make plays behind the line without picking him up. DMC would have had some yardage on a play and the 2nd time he allowed a sack.

    Inexcusable to not have a body on Willis at all times!

    ***

    Jhill: no response ???

  • http://www.flickr.com/photos/skew-t/166654980/ BART Bridge Blues

    I feel like they are setting up to keep Reece as the lone FB. Tonga should slip to the practice squad, and Lawton will be available after his suspension if Reece regresses in his blocking…but for real, I think Reece is a huge part of their offensive game plan this season. That dude is a fantastic route-runner has great hands and amazing speed for a FB. When they sent him out against the Niners LB’s it was a complete mismatch. I have a feeling Hue Jackson has plans to create a lot of mismatches with Reece all season.

  • Thec07

    RNOraiderFan Says:
    August 31st, 2010 at 11:29 am
    WRs Chaz, Murphy, DHB, Figurs. I think there is a battle between JLH and FORD, with the best getting a roster spot. Will the Raiders keep 6 WRs?

    ++++++++++++++=

    sorry JFORD, and JLH stick as WR’s…
    JLH is no 3 for now until JFORD gets up to speed, both are makers…

    figurs will be cut, NMILLER practice squad…

  • HairyBush

    Perhaps they won’t keep as many wideouts on the roster this year because maybe they want an extra RB or LB or both. Just sayin (I would rather be deeper at postions that I know have more talent) Wideout is not one of our deep positions.

  • RaiderRockstar

    put Chaz on IR and Ford on the PS.

    ***

    Thec: you reading this ???

  • fat kidd

    RNOraiderFan Says:
    August 31st, 2010 at 11:39 am
    Nixon and Norris? I think they will try to keep one. Maybe on the practice squad.

    …………..are you talking about richard nixon and chuck norris?

  • RNOraiderFan

    2 wide personel DHB, Murphy, Miller, Bush/Dmac, Reece
    3 wide DHB, Murphy, JLH, MIller/Reece, Bush/Dmac
    4 wide DHB, Murphy, JLH, Miller, Dmac
    5 wide same as above.

  • Thec07

    RNOraiderFan Says:
    August 31st, 2010 at 11:48 am
    DHB, Murphy, JLH, Figurs. Chaz IR, Ford PS

    +++++++++++++++++=

    You have JFORD on the PS?????

  • HairyBush

    BART Bridge Blues Says:
    August 31st, 2010 at 12:06 pm
    I feel like they are setting up to keep Reece as the lone FB. Tonga should slip to the practice squad, and Lawton will be available after his suspension if Reece regresses in his blocking…but for real, I think Reece is a huge part of their offensive game plan this season. That dude is a fantastic route-runner has great hands and amazing speed for a FB. When they sent him out against the Niners LB’s it was a complete mismatch. I have a feeling Hue Jackson has plans to create a lot of mismatches with Reece all season.
    ————————
    I have to admit Reese is looking pretty good. He may not be the best blocker, but he can keep some defenses guessing with his recieving skills IMO.

  • RaiderRockstar

    figurs will be cut, NMILLER practice squad

    ***

    Agreed

  • Raider Dell

    RNOraiderFan Says:
    August 31st, 2010 at 11:19 am
    Keep Tonga and Reece at FB
    Keep Miller, Myers and Reece at TE
    Reece can play two positions so its not a wasted roster spot on two FBs.

    $$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$

    RNO

    Yesterday Meyers was cut, today he’s on the roster. What happen in the last 24 hours for your change?

  • TheyCallMeAssassin

    At the very least Murphy, DHB, Chaz, Ford and JLH will stick. Watkins and Miller will fight for the last roster spot. If neither of them are impressive, then they’ll carry only five receivers. But with Chaz’s injury issues and the lack of a clear #1 WR, the Raiders will probably carry six.

  • J Hill

    Higgins (as a receiver) remains AT LEAST 3rd best WR on the team

    ——————————————————-

    Chaz is still on the team, lol.

    4th best, MAYBE!

  • TheyCallMeAssassin

    Watkins, Miller and Figurs*

  • Thec07

    TheyCallMeAssassin Says:
    August 31st, 2010 at 12:10 pm
    At the very least Murphy, DHB, Chaz, Ford and JLH will stick. Watkins and Miller will fight for the last roster spot. If neither of them are impressive, then they’ll carry only five receivers. But with Chaz’s injury issues and the lack of a clear #1 WR, the Raiders will probably carry six.

    ++++++++++++++++

    May cut watkins and pickup a free agent….

  • RNOraiderFan

    Perhaps they won’t keep as many wideouts on the roster this year because maybe they want an extra RB or LB or both. Just sayin (I would rather be deeper at postions that I know have more talent) Wideout is not one of our deep positions.
    ******************************************************
    WORD! Exactly what I’m saying! When JLH is your 2nd-4th best WR then you are in trouble. Who ever starts as our #1 WR this year would have trouble making any other teams #3 or 4 spot. Except Murphy if he learns to catch the damn ball!

  • HairyBush

    Maybe the Raiders were hasty cutting Stewart after Meyers had 2 easy passes droped.

  • HairyBush

    dropped

  • Thec07

    J Hill Says:
    August 31st, 2010 at 12:10 pm
    Higgins (as a receiver) remains AT LEAST 3rd best WR on the team

    ——————————————————-

    Chaz is still on the team, lol.

    4th best, MAYBE!

    ++++++++++++++

    thats until JFORD passes them all…

  • CJ Legend 34

    I am not a member of the Nick Miller fan club has no idea what this guy can do but what the heck can this Moose dude do if he is getting cut from camp to camp? I am just saying why bring in a new nobody. When you have a nobody who knows the play book trying to make the team? I mean we might as well keep Watkins before the Moose and I can’t stand Watkins.

    They thought enough of Nick Miller to keep him around last year and not even put him on the scout team or injured reserve after he was hurt last year.
    —————————————————-
    RaiderRockstar Says:
    August 31st, 2010 at 11:24 am
    What is up with Nick Miller? He may not be as big but it seems like the guy always finds a way to make a play. Why not just keep him he can get open? I bet you he would kick @$$ on a bubble screen. Campbell can put the ball where it needs to go I think that changes the whole dynamic.

    ***

    CJ: don’t ask me that question man. I’m not a member of the Nick Miller fan club

    the guy has done next to nothing outside of training camp, which we obviously didn’t SEE the past 2 years.

    Cable didn’t mention him as a possible 4th or 5th WR. Watkins either, for that matter !?!?

  • priesttj

    Those two P Wiilis plays behind the LOS was Veldheers not the FB the FB was playside P Willis can backside. That’s exactly what I mean most of just don’t what the heck your looking at. Those are the two plays Cable is talking about that he would like to have back. DMC was following the FB on a sweep to the right how could the FB pick up a blitz in the middle? lol what a joke.

  • RaiderRockstar

    Perhaps they won’t keep as many wideouts on the roster this year

    ***

    HB: what key WR’s haven’t been injured so far this offseason?

    scratch Schilens, Heyward-Bey, Murphy & Ford off your list. those guys have all been banged up at some point this offseason in a soft “learning intensive” camp

    we might need Higgins & Watkins (or Figurs) at some point this season …

  • CJ Legend 34

    I don’t like JLH neither but you know what he is our third best WR behind Chaz who stays hurt and Murphy who is known to get a case of the drops. JLH has the best hands on the team behind Zach Miller so like it or not he stays.

  • Raider Dell

    HairyBush Says:
    August 31st, 2010 at 12:11 pm
    Maybe the Raiders were hasty cutting Stewart after Meyers had 2 easy passes droped.

    $$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$
    Well, if dropped balls are a reason or lack of to be cut, what about Murphy, or Zach Miller.

    Are you realy serious, dropped bals are players to be cut.

  • RNOraiderFan

    Figurs has been our best WR in the preseason late in the games. He can also return Punts and Kick offs. He might stick.
    Murphy, DHB, JLH, Figurs…Chaz IR, Ford PS
    everyone else…See YA!

  • HairyBush

    RNOraiderFan Says:
    August 31st, 2010 at 11:51 am
    If the Raiders go 5 wide “IF”
    DHB, Murphy, JLH, Z. Miller, with D-mac starting in the back field and motioning out.
    ——————
    totally agree! why not use the 5 most talented receivers. (Crayton in place of Higgins)

  • J Hill

    Twice he let P Willis make plays behind the line without picking him up. DMC would have had some yardage on a play and the 2nd time he allowed a sack.

    Inexcusable to not have a body on Willis at all times!

    ***

    Jhill: no response ???

    ——————————————————-

    First person I’ve read saying that. Coach and a lot of other folks seem to put the lack of Willis identification of Veldheer.

    I’d have to say he’s mistaken.

    One play I know he’s talking about is him and Henderson having the “option” to block Willis, and Reece continued out leading the run. Was pretty obvious to me that Henderson should have picked up Willis instead of doubling on a guy Gallery had under control.

  • Thec07

    WR position is fine, however if you want to cut watkins and pick up a free agent that has been productive i might me down with that.

    WR’s opening day;

    CHAZ – questionable
    DHB – Improving
    MURPHY – Bad A$$
    JLH – Maker
    JFORD – Maker
    ???? – TBD…

  • Thec07

    RNOraiderFan Says:
    August 31st, 2010 at 12:13 pm
    Figurs has been our best WR in the preseason late in the games. He can also return Punts and Kick offs. He might stick.
    Murphy, DHB, JLH, Figurs…Chaz IR, Ford PS
    everyone else…See YA!

    +++++++++++++++=

    You have JFORD on the practice squad? the kid that was having the best camp at Wr’s before his quad injury…

    Really????

  • RNOraiderFan

    We also have a pass catching FB (Reece) and a pass catching TE (Miller) and two pass catching RBs (Bush and D-Mac)Bush is actualy the better of the two at catching the ball out of the backfield.

  • HairyBush

    Raider Dell Says:
    August 31st, 2010 at 12:13 pm
    HairyBush Says:
    August 31st, 2010 at 12:11 pm
    Maybe the Raiders were hasty cutting Stewart after Meyers had 2 easy passes droped.

    $$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$
    Well, if dropped balls are a reason or lack of to be cut, what about Murphy, or Zach Miller.

    Are you realy serious, dropped bals are players to be cut.
    ————————
    I don’t think he should be cut, It just makes you think if he has to fill in, can we depend on him? that’s all I’m saying.

    I love Murphy and I agree he can work on the amount of drops. I think for the amount of passes that come Z. Miller’s way I can handle his ratio of catches to drops.

  • http://www.novolovoshovo.tw St. Jimmy

    Chaz will soon be receiving his injury settlement paperwork and check.

  • Thec07

    figurs is gone…

  • RaiderRockstar

    I’d have to say he’s mistaken.

    ***

    DK007: Jhill & TJ obviously think you’re wrong regarding Reece’s blocking “skills” and what transpired against SF

    any response?

  • DKnight007

    priesttj Says:
    August 31st, 2010 at 12:12 pm
    Those two P Wiilis plays behind the LOS was Veldheers not the FB the FB was playside P Willis can backside. That’s exactly what I mean most of just don’t what the heck your looking at. Those are the two plays Cable is talking about that he would like to have back. DMC was following the FB on a sweep to the right how could the FB pick up a blitz in the middle? lol what a joke.

    ^^^^^^^^
    Thats the job of the FB Priesst!

    To back up the freakin Center on middle blitzes!

  • Thec07

    RNOraiderFan Says:
    August 31st, 2010 at 12:17 pm
    We also have a pass catching FB (Reece) and a pass catching TE (Miller) and two pass catching RBs (Bush and D-Mac)Bush is actualy the better of the two at catching the ball out of the backfield.

    ++++++++++++

    situational plays, down and distance….

    We will carry 6…figurs will not be one, bank on it…

  • TheyCallMeAssassin

    I’d say the Raiders should cut Bennett and/or Cartwright and pick up Derrick Ward who the Bucs just cut, but he simply hasn’t looked that good at all since leaving the Giants.

    If he could play anywhere near as well as he did in NY, though, it could be worthwhile. Especially given Bush’s injury and DMAC’s inability to run through a tackle.

  • RNOraiderFan

    You have JFORD on the practice squad? the kid that was having the best camp at Wr’s before his quad injury…

    Really????
    ********************************************
    Yep, really. Sorry, having a good camp is a bit diffrent then playing great in a game. He was in the game against the 9ers, caught 2 passes. the other 4 guys ahead of him have more expereance. DHB sticks because he is a 1rst rounder.

  • Raider Dell

    You have JFORD on the practice squad? the kid that was having the best camp at Wr’s before his quad injury…

    Really????

    $$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$
    Thec

    Agree, very good camp for a WR, who was considered just a KO return specialist. He will get better, you can see the improvement since preseason game one.

  • HairyBush

    St. Jimmy Says:
    August 31st, 2010 at 12:18 pm
    Chaz will soon be receiving his injury settlement paperwork and check
    —————–
    wooo hoooooo!!!!!!!! yeah!!!!!

  • RaiderRockstar

    TCMA: after seeing how well Bennett & Cartwright have played this preseason, some Raider fans might revolt if we replaced them with Fargas & Ward!

  • RNOraiderFan

    Ward came to camp out of shape and had a lack of motivation with the Bucs, no thank you.

  • priesttj

    Reece isn’t a real rockhead yet and may never be but he led MBush into the endzone on that first drive. He may not be a dominant blocker but he’s putting his hat on the right guy. He’s aware of things around him and he’s real threat with the ball. I’ll take him unless you can get me someone better.

  • Thec07

    RNOraiderFan Says:
    August 31st, 2010 at 12:20 pm
    You have JFORD on the practice squad? the kid that was having the best camp at Wr’s before his quad injury…

    Really????
    ********************************************
    Yep, really. Sorry, having a good camp is a bit diffrent then playing great in a game. He was in the game against the 9ers, caught 2 passes. the other 4 guys ahead of him have more expereance. DHB sticks because he is a 1rst rounder.

    ++++++++++++++++

    Put $100 on it now…

  • DKnight007

    RaiderRockstar Says:
    August 31st, 2010 at 12:18 pm
    I’d have to say he’s mistaken.

    ***

    DK007: Jhill & TJ obviously think you’re wrong regarding Reece’s blocking “skills” and what transpired against SF

    any response?

    ^^^^^^^^^
    Lawton is a better more consistent blocking FB at this point than Reece is.

    Without a doubt!

    Like I said, the team needs to keep Lawton around for consistent blocking, (cause god knows the offense is going to need it) and they are going to need Reece around for receiving skills, because the WR’s overall can’t be counted on to get the job done in a game in, game out basis.

    Plus using Lawton as strictly a blocking FB and then at the same time having Reece in as a H Back/backup TE, will keep defenses off balance and confuse them a bit.

  • HairyBush

    TheyCallMeAssassin Says:
    August 31st, 2010 at 12:19 pm
    I’d say the Raiders should cut Bennett and/or Cartwright and pick up Derrick Ward who the Bucs just cut, but he simply hasn’t looked that good at all since leaving the Giants.

    If he could play anywhere near as well as he did in NY, though, it could be worthwhile. Especially given Bush’s injury and DMAC’s inability to run through a tackle.
    ———————
    I watched some Bucs preseason and Ward is a mess!
    I would stick with Rock and Bennett

  • Raider Dell

    TheyCallMeAssassin Says:
    August 31st, 2010 at 12:19 pm
    I’d say the Raiders should cut Bennett and/or Cartwright and pick up Derrick Ward who the Bucs just cut, but he simply hasn’t looked that good at all since leaving the Giants.

    $$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$

    Assassin

    they cut Bradshaw, because he came into camp out of shape and not motivated. Is this the type of guy the team needs right now?

  • Thec07

    JFORD <——- Maker

    RNO, if you feel that strongly, put an authentic raider jersey on th line. I would like a XXL white JFORD…

    If JFORD goes PS, I will buy the color and player authentic of your choice….

  • http://www.novolovoshovo.tw St. Jimmy

    The Raiders’ 31-24 upset of Tampa Bay in week 17 of 2008 turned out to be the final game for Jon Gruden as the Buccaneers’ head coach. Gruden, the former Raiders’ coach, was let go after seven seasons in Tampa.

    source: desk calendar.

  • Thec07

    what up DELL???? How are you today man???