Bush says he has `Bennett fracture’


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.


Jerry McDonald - NFL Writer

  • # tazZraider Says:
    August 31st, 2010 at 9:51 pm

    The Real MaddenRaider Says:
    August 31st, 2010 at 9:36 pm
    I agree, Todd. Al Davis gave Russell a golden opportunity, and Russell ruined it. Al set him up with the best coaching staff and best supporting players in the NFL. And Russell still just goofed off and did drugs. It’s ENTIRELY his fault. Nobody else’s. Period. End of story. ALL Russell’s fault. Everyone agrees. Everyone. Nobody in their right mind disputes it. It’s etched in stone. Now history. ALL Russell’s fault. Hope everyone understands that. Entirely his fa


    still think your an idiot, but i have to admit i agree with you. all these football analyst say sh!t like russell had an inexperienced wr corps, bad o-line, and was with the raiders. people like that and agree like that are absolute loonies.

    russell had arguably the best qb guru, hackett, they brought in players for him, gave him golden opportunities, and yet this dude never cared for “team” had a terrible work ethic and show he didnt care. russell would say he did good and it wasn’t his fault like blowout losses vs jets, broncos, and texans, and cost us the game against the chargers. he was uncommitted and is definitely the biggest bust in the NFL. ever.



    Al supplied Russell with a pro bowl roster and a head coach far better than Sean Payton or Bill Belichick. Russell had no excuse.

  • BumpNRun

    The Real MaddenRaider Says:

    Al supplied Russell with a pro bowl roster and a head coach far better than Sean Payton or Bill Belichick. Russell had no excuse.


    The Real MR supplies us with a pro bowl caliber blog – Al Davis Sucks – and an endless stream of unbiased, straightforward criticism far better than Jerry McDonald’s or Steve Corkran’s. We have no retort.

  • RaiderSam

    Uncertainty awaits the Opener:

    Mike Bush
    Chaz Schillens
    Darren McFadden

    Don’t know what we’re going to get out of any of those guys.
    who needs to give the most impact? Darren McFadden

    what is that ability based on?

    Satele or Veldheer opening up lanes

    Therefore, those are the biggest people that need to step up, particularly with the Willis sack coming up the middle.

  • RaiderSam

    fat kidd Says:
    August 31st, 2010 at 10:09 pm

    Fat Kidd Says:
    August 31st, 2010 at 10:01 pm

    ….the reason for the 29-83 is simple if your gruden kiffin or shanahan and you come too be the head coach of the team you are not goimg too come in and be the gm/head coach you have too come in like cable and know that you are not going to run every aspect of the team.they all fought with the owner instead of working with him.that crap might work at other teams like new england where the owners bussiness is selling cheese but not in oakland where the owners business is football
    ……………….this is a good argument for kells famous 29-83

    I would also add that a revolving door at QB,and the inability to draft has been a direct result of obvious flaws in player personnel development. Not vetting first round candidates, being overly confident on free agent risks like; DeAngelo Hall, Javon Walker, S Gibril Wilson…being unable to find lower round picks like the Cortland Finnegan’s and Marques Colston’s or the undrafted players like Victor Cruz of the Giants or Chris Ivory of the Saints. Until Pro Player Personnel/GM coach and a real blueprint materializes..expect more of the same 6-10, 5-11 stuff – no matter what the Jason Campbells or Rolando McLain expectations..

  • RaiderSam

    # TheyCallMeAssassin Says:
    August 31st, 2010 at 6:09 pm

    # KoolKell Says:
    August 31st, 2010 at 6:08 pm

    I don’t think Michael Huff is ever going to be a consistent tackler.


    Nope. Wouldn’t surprise me to see Al take a FS in round 2 next year.

    That’d be Clemson’s DeAndre McDaniel or Will Hill(Florida) or Robert Sands (W.Virginia)

  • LhayeS37

    they better not trade for leinart….he is a woman,and not worth even a 6th rounder

  • bcz24

    Adam Schefter says Bills Raiders Giants likely trade spots for Leinart. Only possibility i see for any playing time is Buffalo.

  • NoMoreFargasForever

    Not Leinart, but big Al use to love to collect Heismans.

  • No Leinart. Like the backups to Campbell that we have now. Let him go to Seattle where he can get his mojo back.

  • no to leinart. raiders better off with his ex backup at mater dei, colt brennan

  • hwnrdr

    Good Morning Nation!!!

    jupe Says:
    September 1st, 2010 at 6:17 am
    no to leinart. raiders better off with his ex backup at mater dei, colt brennan

    Exactly!!! (and cheaper too since Colt went in the 7th)

  • Trade DMAC for Matt Leinart!

  • Then cut Leinart!

  • hwnrdr

    Bo Schembechler Jackson Says:
    September 1st, 2010 at 7:22 am
    Trade DMAC for Matt Leinart!

    Then cut Leinart!

    LMAO!!! That right there really proves your dislike for the guy!

  • Both guys really, but only one of them is currently a menace to Raider victory.

  • hwnrdr


  • hwnrdr

    Good Morning Bcz, NMFF, Exla, Jupe and Bo!!!
    Are we the only ones this morning? It looks like its just Bo and I this past 2 hrs…LOL

  • RaiderRockstar

    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.”


    Fire Brad Roll and trade Nick Miller for some Old Spice!

  • bcz24

    Im here… just working and not paying much attention.

  • hwnrdr

    Good Morning Rockstar!!!
    Trade Lil Nicky for Old Spice, huh? LOL Terry Crewes and the Pa pa pa pa pa pa Power!!!

  • RaiderRockstar

    Re-Watching the game.

    That Frank Gore run went right up Des Bryant & Rolando Mcclain. Unable to get off blocks.

    Did anybody notice Langston Walker playing LEFT Tackle on the Willis sack with 11:00 min to go in the 2nd??????

    McFadden’s 1st carry. DT shucks Veldheer and makes tackle at the line of scrimmage.

    Notice how the real culprit was T Scott and again later too

    Yeah Scott didn’t hit the right gap, and McClain was held by Iupati big time.

    His freakin shoulder pad was all crooked and out of place afterwards!

    On the play where DMac got blasted by Willis in the backfield for a loss, it was #45 Reese the fullback that looked right at Willis and decided to run around the corner to take on the CB.

    It was painful, even worse in slow motion replay.

    Yes Reese had a great run created by great blocks, but overall he is week, I’ve seen him “over run” blocks a few times, and has hung the RB out to dry.


    Roch R, Kell, DKnight007 & N21 talking football yesterday

    no mention of Satele, Henderson, Huff or Gradkowski!

    what a breath of fresh air. we beat those horses dead yesterday morning & afternoon 🙂

  • RaiderRockstar

    Trade Lil Nicky for Old Spice, huh?


    Cable said the team needs to “freshen up”

  • RaiderRockstar

    Good Morning Hwnrdr, BCZ, Jupe, Exla, NMF …

    “Adam Schefter says Bills Raiders Giants likely trade spots for Leinart.”

    Doubtful this guy gets a crack to start anyplace outside of AZ. Brady Quinn is washing dishes in Denver. Leinart will be doing the same – maybe in Detroit, St Louis or Kansas City

  • bcz24

    Bills are adamant they arent trading for Leinart. That is the ONE team I thought he could start for!

  • VanHeathen

    Can Terry Crewes play Free Safety?
    Hell just get the Old Spice,
    Cause our FS STINKS at tackling…

  • Good Morning A.M. crew!!

  • RaiderRockstar

    Bills are adamant they arent trading for Leinart. That is the ONE team I thought he could start for!


    I don’t know BCZ. they pulled themselves out of the running for McNabb & Campbell. didn’t draft a QB in the first 3 rounds either …

    seem pretty content with the Edwards, Fitzpatrick & Brohm QB competition (not sure why!)

  • RaiderRockstar

    Good Morning ray, van …

    whats up fellas?

    are we still blaming Huff because Bryant, McClain & Scott couldn’t get the job done up front ???

  • VanHeathen

    holding him accountable for bad pursuit angles,
    and poor tackling technique.
    He’s the last line of defense and HAS to make those tackles…or give up the big play, again!

  • RaiderRockstar

    Van: Huff was solely responsible for those long runs by Forte & Gore …

    true or false?

  • I love that the only consistent things about this team over the last 10 years have been Lechler and J-Kow and the fact that the free safety is always the most despised person on the defense…How many safeties do we need to bring in before Al realizes that his archaic scheme places way, way, way too much of the onus on the free safety to make open field tackles on 230lb running backs going at full tilt. Its completely riduculous. The blame for our rush defense woes lay directly on the feet of the D-Line, the constantly and consistently get controlled by the opposing O-line.

  • hwnrdr

    I kind of see it both ways….
    Yes, the front line f’d up, but Huff SHOULD make those tackles that would have made it less than 49 yds…about Forte…missed that one, so…

  • bcz24

    Honestly, I think Buffalo already chalked this year up as a loss and is trying to get in the Locker/Luck sweepstakes next year. They did nothing to address a weak QB situation, and very little to address an offensive line that makes ours look like a bunch of pro bowlers.

  • It would be nice if Huff could make those tackles, but no other team in the NFL asks their Free Safeties to make that many solo open field tackles against running backs, its ludicrous.

  • RaiderRockstar

    BBB: the last great Raider FS was Rod Woodson, who was an 11 time Pro Bowler, Super Bowl Champ and now Hall of Famer …

    and oddly enough when he played great (8 INT’s) for us, we had Sam Adams & John Parrella at DT.

    Rod now helps coach the defense at Valley Christian Senior High in Dublin, along with (guess who?) John Parrella.

    it all starts up front fellas

  • Who cares about Bush? He isn’t fast enough anyway. Super this year kids. Nothing less!

  • RaiderRockstar

    Gore is 5’9″ 217 lbs (cannon ball)

    Huff is 6’1″ 205 lbs …

    Gore with a full head of steam would crush any solo FS in the league.

    and any RB with vision (Forte for example) could see Huff coming and cut back to where he came from to take it the distance. happens all the time

    Huff isn’t a bad tackler, for a free safety

    strong safety = different story!

  • I re-watched the game last night for S&G’s, some thoughts on the offense:

    The Raiders have been overcoming offensive penalties well in the pre-season so far.

    Ford is really fast, has alot of wiggle and gets the tough yards, but isnt getting open in the passing game yet, hopefully he’ll learn.

    Brandon Meyers stinks, I hope they are still searching for a decent compliment to Miller.

    DHB and Murphy still have very inconsistent hands

    Gradkowski moves the ball downfield like a machine.

    DMC runs way too high and often off-balance through traffic. I was a big fan of drafting him and even bought a jersey, but I will not keep lying to myself about him ever becoming a running back in the NFL. His form is just atrocius. Head up, shoulders back, he often starts high-stepping through traffic and loses his balance without being touched. Michael Bennett is a much better HB than McFadden, which is sad for McFadden, not an endorsement of Bennett.

    Eric Pears stinks as a Tackle, we need a better back-up.

    Todd Watkins has a lot of trouble tracking balls that are coming over his shoulders, that is bad news for a Raider reciever with all of the Go routes. I think he finally gets cut this season.

  • RaiderRockstar

    new post!

  • SaintKaufman


  • SaintKaufman

    it worked