By Jerry McDonald - NFL Writer
Tuesday, August 31st, 2010 at 4:44 pm in Oakland Raiders.
Raiders running back Michael Bush said on his Twitter account Tuesday he underwent surgery the previous day that included the insertion of screws in his left thumb to repair a fracture.
Bush even gave it a name. It’s a “Bennett fracture,” which perhaps is fitting since teammate Michael Bennett was the one helping him tie his shoes in the locker room Saturday night.
According to an orthopedics web site, treatment for a Bennett fracture includes surgery if the joint surface is out of position to properly align bone fragments.
Bush gave no time frame for his return.
News and notes as relayed from beat writer Steve Corkran Thursday following practice, coach Tom Cable’s press briefing and media availability:
– Cable declined to name a starting center, saying it would be determined later in the afternoon. Since there is no media availability Wednesday, we’ll find out when the offense takes the field whether it’s Samson Satele or rookie Jared Veldheer.
– Let tackle Mario Henderson was getting a post-practice tutorial session from Cable, with line coach Jim Michalczik looking on.
“Just helping him. He and I have spent so much time together it’s easy for me to reach him or relate to him,” Cable said. “He’s frustrated by a couple of things, but they’re easily fixed.”
– Cable indicated during Monday’s session there could be a role for former starter Thomas Howard on the roster, and Howard sounds more than happy to accept it.
“It’s jut a blessing to be out here and playing the game we all love,” Howard said. “People forget that it’s an opportunity, and that’s how I I’m looking at it _ as an opportunity to go out and play. Just to get better.”
– Darren McFadden seemed to get a kick out of Cable’s assessment that he was “explosive” after gaining nine yards on seven carries.
“Nah, I felt like my legs were out there just turning,” McFadden said. “I wasn’t slowing everything down for myself, which is something I usually try to do is slow the game down in my head.”
– Michael Huff realizes the Raiders poor bottom line on rushing defensive over the past two weeks _ 177 yards to Chicago, 166 to San Francisco _ had a lot to do with an 89-yard burst by Matt Forte and a 49-yard burst by Frank Gore.
Guess who had the chance to stop both of those runs much earlier?
“We definitely took a step back the last two weeks,” Huff said. “We stop them for two or three yards and then they break one for 60 or 70. Some of that comes down to me. ONce it gets to me, it’s one-on-one. We definitely have the pieces of the puzzle to stop the run.”
– Darrius Heyward-Bey isn’t the only player who has battled fatigue.
“The team’s a little tired, that’s the only thing,” Cable said. “At the same time, we’re working to freshen them up.”
– Cable doesn’t share the concern most of the outside world has with the Raiders’ offensive line.
“It’s never really been a good-and-bad thing. It’s been good and I wish it was better,” Cable said. “Consistency is probably the No. 1 issue to me. We’ve had some things where you say, `dang, we’re going to be real good. But we’ve got to continue to do it play after play. That’s the part that’s still missing a little bit in our offensive line — getting that every down consistency.
“Then I’m going to be very excited. And I think they’re close.”
– Tight end Eric Butler was cut as the Raiders reached the 75-fan limit. One more cut to 53, with the Seattle game giving player’s a last chance to make a good impression.
– Cable when asked if he could in any way clarify the situation of quarterback Jason Campbell, “No, I cannot.” Later, when asked if Campbell’s reputation for getting off the deck in Washington gave him cause to be optimistic about his availability for the opener, Cable said, “Yes.”
Hey, you take what you can get.