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

  • Nnamdi21

    Did I just read a thread on here that started with the words “No, YOU suck!” on here?


  • ArmChair GM

    # 860Todd Christensen Says:
    August 31st, 2010 at 7:51 pm

    A good Offense makes for a good Defense, been Al’s credo forever, somehow it got lost, and Art Shell saw it and only cam back to try to save face for Al. That is a dedicated Raider player, he has taken the heat ever since. Art Shell exemplifies a Raider!

    The offense so far in the preseason(and I stress in the PRESEASON) looks as good as we’ve seen since the Gannon days, and it all starts at the QB position in my opinion.

    The checkdowns and screen plays that Jawalrus could not execute have been bread and butter plays for us as our receivers have struggled to stay healthy.

    The play of Campbell and Gradkowski as well as the dedication, hardwork, and growth of our young receivers has made a big difference. Now if they could eliminate the drops and drive killing penalties, we could average 27 points a game easily.

    Not to be overlooked is the benefit of having Hue Jackson calling the plays. He’s light years ahead of where Tom Cable was in terms of play calling.

  • Coach on Wheels

    Watching hm bounce off of Gore w/out wrapping up was Pathetic…

    99.860Todd Christensen Says:
    August 31st, 2010 at 7:38 pm
    Cow and Priest, look at our QB injuries in last 8 years, put another team up with the same results. This O-line sucks, Cable can sugar coat it, but it sucks, you can buy the Position players, but if the O-line sucks, you still get the same results. No one is listening, same results!

    First of all I’m talking about THIS year. Gallery is the only OL who was on the roster that long ago.

    Second, injuries can happen in many ways. Grads and Frye were injured in preseason. That the OL fault? Tom Brady missed a whole season, so NEs OL sucks?

    What results? I’m listening. How many sacks would be okay with you?

    2009 49 sacks allowed 3 / gm
    2008 39 2.4
    2007 41 2.5

    2010 1.66 per game. THAT’S A PACE FOR HALF AS MANY! Same results?

  • Nnamdi21

    KoolKell Says:
    August 31st, 2010 at 6:19 pm
    It seems it’s Al Davis’ philosophy to run light practices in mild weather. Very few live tackling sessions. Maybe that’s why they don’t tackle well?


    Put it this way YES.

    Frankly mang, ANYTHING that happens good or bad is because of Al. Its ALL Al all the time. Its his team so YES anything that happens is because Al so commands it!
    Why don’t you get that?!!!

    Mmm hmmm! Ranty!

  • ArmChair GM Says:
    August 31st, 2010 at 7:43 pm

    I see both sides of the argument. We are a much improved team over last season, but we are not a playoff team yet.
    There’s been ZERO games played yet.

  • What I’m getting at Cow, is we have always, with exception of Plunket years, had overpowering O-lines that dominated Defenses, allowing lanes, Think Marcus, QB time to let plays develope, and not the threestep that Campbell is getting adept at, to save his own hide. Our Qb’s should have an “At Risk” clause in their contracts, but no IC would pick it up.

  • priesttj

    COW these guy’s just don’t get it, it’s not their fault they don’t know any better. It’s like talking to 5 year olds in here sometimes.
    Every player has an injury clause because this is a violent game son. People get hurt I’m sorry to break that to you.

  • fat kidd

    Cardinals have started shopping Matt Leinart
    Posted by Gregg Rosenthal on August 31, 2010 7:46 PM ET
    Matt Leinart’s time in Arizona appears to be almost up.

    Jay Glazer of FOX reports that the Cardinals have started actively shopping Leinart, according to several of his sources. The news comes one day after Leinart went nuclear with comments to the press. If Leinart’s quotes were intended to get him moved from the roster, he should consider it mission accomplished.

    Florio pointed out Tuesday morning that a straight release is more likely than a trade because Leinart’s contract is not conducive to a deal. At best, the Cardinals could find a team willing to give up a late-round conditional pick. It would be tricky because Leinart would likely need to be willing to renegotiate his contract, which balloons to unmanageable levels in 2011.

    Derek Anderson will start Thursday’s preseason finale, and we doubt Leinart will play at all following this news. Why waste snaps “showcasing” Leinart when Ken Whisenhunt can use them to develop rookie quarterbacks Max Hall and John Skelton?

    It’s amazing to think how quickly this situation has escalated. There wasn’t a hint that Anderson could pass Leinart until eight days ago, and nothing concrete until five days ago.

    It would be a surprise if Leinart is still on the roster by Saturday evening.

  • Fatt, may not be a season in 1011, what a tool.

  • priesttj

    I guess we should suspend the season until we get all-pros all across the Oline so we’ll be back in 3 years when we have that. The season starts 9/12/10 wether we’re ready or not and they will schedule our games and we have to play them.

    I’m very sorry we can’t go find Orlando Pace walking the streets and Wizneiski and Barrett Robbins back in uniform. Sorry if Art Shell can’t be 30 years old again.

    But we still have to play the season wether y’all like it or not.

  • priest, since you like to lecture, lecture us as to why the Raiders have lost more than 10 games for 7 straight seasons. Be as condescending about it as you like. Let us have it.

  • MR, let it go…Please?

  • New Year, New Start, Lets Go RRRaaaiiidddeeerrrsss!!!

  • Todd, it’s an open blog. You let it go.

  • Todd, what do you think our record will be this year?

  • priesttj


    you can do that to yourself, you don’t need my help.

  • fat kidd

    860Todd Christensen Says:
    August 31st, 2010 at 8:24 pm
    Fatt, may not be a season in 1011, what a tool.

    try 2011 your about ten centuries behind what a ingnoramous

  • 9/6, posted it, believe it, we have the talent, I believe it, from my Raider heart, and a couple plugs on O-line, and we take the division! Print it!

  • Fatt, lefty typer here, we see things differently, but good call! lmao!

  • 9/7, see what I mean! lol

  • 9 wins? That’s it? I thought we were as good as Gruden’s team? gruden’s last team here won 10. You don’t think Cable can put that up? I thought we were much better now.

  • priest, you’re not going to tell us why we lost the past 7 years? Didn’t Gruden leave us with too many veterans, or something like that? And then Kiffin? Come on, set the haters straight. Because a lot of them are saying it’s Davis’s fault, and real fans like you and me KNOW that’s not true.

  • MR, 9 will win this division, we get 2 easy ones from the Donks…

  • priesttj

    Aint interested in your sick Gruden worship dude, keep it movin’.

  • fat kidd

    it dont matter who is head coach kiffin, madden, cable,al runs the show its like regan was president but wall street ran the country .cable the coach but al runs the raiders!!!

  • WARaider

    Bennett Fracture of Bush’s thumb is 4 to 6 weeks in a splint or cast. Not sure What his recovery time will be. I hope Run DMc can break a few ankle tackles to get us started for the 1st couple of games. McFadden is such a good back minus the easily goes down when touched below the knee thing.

    Bennett Fracture Recovery

    Casts are usually worn for four to six weeks. Once removed, you will participate in hand therapy exercises to increase the mobility, flexibility, and strength in your hand. Generally, Bennett’s fractures caused by low impact forces have better outcomes than injuries caused by high forces.


    Go Raiders

  • 9 still seems kind of low, Todd. This teams’ supposed to be for real. ANY team can win 9 games on a fluke. Lots of teams have.

  • priest, i’m blaming Gruden. Gruden’s the reason we’ve been so bad in recent years, right? Left us with too many veterans.

  • fat kidd

    and where is gruden coaching now?

  • MR, I’ll stand on 9, ty, I’ve been here too long, injuries, Refs, BS calls, 9 is good for me!

  • I agree. fat kidd. Gruden’ sucks. He’s not even in the league anymore. Al Davis could quit the Raiders right now, and some team would snap him up in a heart beat, to pick his brain. Gain knowledge and wisdom. Nobody wants Gruden.

  • If Al Davis retired from the Raiders, no doubt New Orleans, New England, Indy, would all be fighting to get him as GM.

  • MR, too many veteran O-line starters!

  • fat kidd

    did you see the hue jackson interview during the sf game where he said he admires al and his football knowledge he is like a football encylopedia..

  • Thats what took Gruden out, life in the NFL ending injury, long gone are the days of protecting your QB, they call it the NEW NFL, LMAO.

  • aig-raiders

    The Real MaddenRaider Says:
    August 31st, 2010 at 8:59 pm
    priest, i’m blaming Gruden. Gruden’s the reason we’ve been so bad in recent years, right? Left us with too many veterans.

    Sup Mr. You are right but I would put Al Davis in there too. He has the final say on all personel movements and we did have a very old team during the boom of 2000-2002.

  • fat kidd

    gruden let himself go he is a fat slob now!

  • tazZraider

    Nnamdi21 Says:
    August 31st, 2010 at 6:00 pm
    I could be wrong but isn’t Mike Huff in a contract year? Either way why would we want him getting killed by a 240 lb RB untouched with a head of steam screeaming down field.

    Glad he didn’t throw himself under the bus and get killed in rpes eason but that crap better not happen in the regs baby…
    i hope he is, but bro your right huff would get killed, i mean he just lacks all the fundamentals in tackling. watch the clip were he tries to tackle dixon too high and gets overpowered.

    it was pathetic to watch and a guy like jacobs would probably knock the wind out of him if he tried it on him.

  • People running the systems never been on the field, looks good on paper, works for one year, yep, a different system, everyone figures it out, system is done. We do Smashmouth, has never gone out of style, why change it?

  • tazZraider

    Fat Kidd Says:
    August 31st, 2010 at 9:07 pm
    gruden let himself go he is a fat slob now!
    dont agree with you there fat kidd. gruden was the best coach we had since’95 bro. al’s big ego let go probably a coach he could’ve won us a superbowl. i think that and al’s feud with marcus allen was probably the biggest mistakes al davis has made.

  • AIG, funny. Was Al down there missing tackles? Was Al dropping balls? I just find it interesting you can blame Al for bad players. Al gave them an opportunity to play for the greatest sports team in the world, and they didn’t give it their all. The fault lies entirely on the players, and the coaches for not motivating them.

  • Taz, agree, but we’ll never know, unfortunatly…

  • WARaider

    Jon Gruden is awesome and any team would be lucky to get him. He was the youngest coach at the time of his hire and still had balls enough to press Mr. Davis when he felt strongly about a particular matter. If it wasn’t for Gruden we would not have even gone to the 2002 Superbowl to get, as it turns out, our asses kicked by Gruden.

  • aig-raiders

    Huff has nver been a physical tackler that i can remember. Even watching his college draft video doesnt show that he levels anyone. However, Huff is a better cover man than MM34. If you guys get a chance, watch how Joey Thomas sustained a concussion. Frickin MM34 was trying to level the niner WR and Thomas took the brunt of it. The sound of that hit was nasty.

  • WARaider, if Gruden is so great why isn’t he coaching? Al Davis is still in the league, because he’s a great GM. Gruden is out of coaching. I think that’s all the proof you need that Davis knows more about today’s game than Gruden.

  • aig-raiders


    Al built a very old team and didnt draft well to restock it. The last 7 years have been the catching up process of having a very old team in 2002. However, I feel like we finally see the light at the end of the tunnel. We have looked like an NFL caliber team so far in 3 games.

  • Aig, Huff is in more plays han you give him credit, MM-34 is a Rook, keep Huff for now.

  • aig-raiders

    Gruden cannot draft period. He had total control of the Bucs and he left it in worse shape than when he inherited it. Gruden is a great motivator and game planner but def not a drafting guru.

  • And mm-34! lol

  • aig-raiders


    I didnt say Huff was not in more plays. My point is Huff is just not a physical tackler like Branch or MM34. That is why Huff is out there and MM34 is only in on nickel. It would be nice to see MM34 improve his cov skills and replace Huff out there. Huff improved drastically last year but he will never be a physical tackler.