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Bush says he has `Bennett fracture’

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.

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  • WARaider

    Apparently there is a rule in the NFL that states it’s illegal for a player to break up a fight. That is exactly what left tackle Mario Henderson was doing when he was flagged for unnecessary roughness. He didn’t hit anyone, tackle anyone, or “rough” anyone.

    All he was trying to do was break up a fight near the sideline.

  • http://www.car.org KoolKell

    860,

    The Raiders have been to the Playoffs 6 times since the inception of Free Agency in 1989.

  • http://Raiders4Ever.com 860Todd Christensen

    Fat, what is a pitos? Really don’t know, skinny little white kid here, 6’4, 260?

  • http://atm Raider O

    Things will be different when all our starters are playing on Defense. We miss Seymour and CJ.

  • fat kidd

    the raiders have been in the afc championship game every ten years since 1970 next time due 2010.

  • http://www.car.org KoolKell

    860

    Over the last 20 years the Raiders Record is sub .500

    I’ve got plenty of numbers, ok?

  • http://Raiders4Ever.com 860Todd Christensen

    Print facts, my good friend! And league results, BTW>

  • fat kidd

    pitos has several meanings ,one is a small tightly rolled joint ,another is a alcholic drink, another is a chick with a dick.

  • http://www.car.org KoolKell

    860

    11 losses or more for 7 straight years is an NFL Record.

    Numbers are my thing.

  • http://atm Raider O

    860,

    Thank you.
    LMAO @ Skinny 6’4 260! How fast can you run a 40, and do you play football? Al may daft you.

  • http://Raiders4Ever.com 860Todd Christensen

    Some picks, my friend, Alex, $500.00 on ??????

  • http://www.car.org KoolKell

    7 out of 8 games blacked-out last year.

  • http://Raiders4Ever.com 860Todd Christensen

    RaiderO, I’m 54, but can put up some numbers, your my agent, talk to Al, Sign me for twenty years, $100 Mil up front, and we’re golden, I don’t even know what Purple Drank is? 50/50 seems right to me!

  • fat kidd

    teams with bad records dont appear on monday night football this years team is going too change that.

  • http://Raiders4Ever.com 860Todd Christensen

    Fat, WE owned Monday nights! Wickedly!

  • http://www.car.org KoolKell

    Yeah, when Howard Cosell was calling the games.

    Night fellers.

  • fat kidd

    i want that thanksgiving day game back that was awesome

  • http://Raiders4Ever.com 860Todd Christensen

    Night Kell!

  • fat kidd

    turkey pumpkin pie yams with the little marshmellows and raiders football outstanding!!!

  • http://atm Raider O

    860,

    54?! Hummmm. We will make a YouTube video. Can you still run?

    LOL

  • fat kidd

    860Todd Christensen Says:
    August 31st, 2010 at 10:28 pm
    RaiderO, I’m 54, but can put up some numbers, your my agent, talk to Al, Sign me for twenty years, $100 Mil up front, and we’re golden, I don’t even know what Purple Drank is? 50/50 seems right to me!

    ……………whats your 40 time thats what al wants too know?

  • fat kidd

    i run the 40 in 3.96 but its not yards

  • http://Raiders4Ever.com 860Todd Christensen

    It’s 1:35 am here, East Coast, Ole Lady is snoring up a storm, I’m on Vac til Monday, and were doing a day trip to Block Island tomorrow at 8:15am. Should I stay here or get a few hours sleep before I have to cook breakfast in the morning? BTW, we have a hurricane comming in on Thursday/Friday, so might not have power for a few days. My generator takes care of food only.

  • http://atm Raider O

    860,

    Also,
    20 years is too long for a contract (especially for you).
    I will get you a 6 year $120 mil! All you have to do is run a 4.4!

  • fat kidd

    i am on the east coast now i have a time share in the poconos by mt airy but the hurricane is going too skim the coast i am too far inland!!!

  • http://Raiders4Ever.com 860Todd Christensen

    I’m fit, 22% body fat, toned, bowl, men’s softball, but no gym, ride a bike, harleys, vette, but with what we have, I’m a WR since 1965, Yes kids, I can run fast, #2 on cross country team here.

  • http://atm Raider O

    Rhode Island doesn’t exist. It’s a conspiracy!

  • http://Raiders4Ever.com 860Todd Christensen

    O, send me to the medical, I can burn that time, lol! I’m really still lithe, and supprise people all the time. BTW, 54 is NOT old, but is to a twenty something, lol, but keep myself fit.

  • fat kidd

    please do not mention Rhode Island on this website you are violating national security by acknowledging its existence.

  • http://Raiders4Ever.com 860Todd Christensen

    Connecticut here, O, try again!

  • http://atm Raider O

    860,

    Good for you sir.

  • http://Raiders4Ever.com 860Todd Christensen

    We make the greatest Submarines in the world here! Print That!

  • fat kidd

    i have a friend that welds those submarines in conn. his name is mike krull!!!!

  • M Lonetree

    there comes a time in every man or woman’s life when they have to step up. or not.
    to take on that blitzing LB or to crumble into a heap yelling “Ole!”.
    now is the time for Raiders collectively to shrug off the what was in order to go for it.
    all teams have flaws.
    go ahead and moan about O-linemen or injuries or the coverage of a WLB.
    doesn’t matter.
    it is the cumulative will of the various players to make certain that they are focused on and desiring to accomplish each moment in front of them.
    be the name Veldheer or Murphy or Campbell.
    be the name Shaughnessy or Branch or Scott.
    time to out-man the opponent
    Raider on.

  • http://atm Raider O

    860,

    I know 54 is not old. It’s the new 45.
    BTW, I’m 30.

  • http://Raiders4Ever.com 860Todd Christensen

    Fat, don’t know him, but my best friend is a Nuke welding instructer, will ask him! He a Raider?

  • fat kidd

    860Todd Christensen Says:
    August 31st, 2010 at 11:01 pm
    Fat, don’t know him, but my best friend is a Nuke welding instructer, will ask him! He a Raider?

    ……………………..no i think he likes the jets

  • http://Raiders4Ever.com 860Todd Christensen

    M-Lone, Spoken like the Raiders of Past and Future, bleed Black brother, Bleed Black!

  • http://atm Raider O

    860,

    I know a few people from there. They are all edgy!

  • http://Raiders4Ever.com 860Todd Christensen

    Jinks are all right with me, when we play them, I’m there. They are my NY team, lol, Celts, Red Sox, Raiders, here.

  • fat kidd

    my brother and mike krull went to welding school together they both got jobs welding subs in conn. my brother stayed a couple years then came home,but mike krull stayed and made conn. his home.

  • http://atm Raider O

    860,

    Did you watch Branch play at college, and what can you tell us about him?

  • http://Raiders4Ever.com 860Todd Christensen

    O, I never took took you to be a bad person. I like the way you use your head, you think, I respect your posts. You have a lot of Raider knowledge for your age, hone it, you are a very good poster!

  • http://Raiders4Ever.com 860Todd Christensen

    I wish on Branch, I work Saturday’s and do not catch many Coll. games, only night ones, which were rare.

  • http://Raiders4Ever.com 860Todd Christensen

    O, U-Conn here….

  • fat kidd

    raiders,phillies here dont get into basketball played some mens softball ,this part you wil find hard too believe because of my screen name,but when i played my nickname was The Bullet because i could beat out a ground ball if it took more than three hops for a infield hit.

  • http://Raiders4Ever.com 860Todd Christensen

    The snoring beast has arisn, out guys, night all!!!

  • fat kidd

    New umpire rule carries the fingerprints of lawyers
    Posted by Mike Florio on August 31, 2010 11:02 PM ET
    This year, the NFL is experimenting in the preseason with the addition of an eighth on-field official. But the NFL isn’t experimenting with the placement of the umpire in the offensive backfield. That specific change to the rules has been adopted without experiment or, as it turns out, foresight.

    The key word in this regard could be not foresight, but foreseeability. As in reasonable foreseeability. As in the kind of legal mumbo-jumbo used to allocate blame when, for example, a 60-year-old man with no pads gets steamrolled by a 300-pound behemoth wearing body armor and a rock-hard helmet.

    The abrupt change in the rules has the feel of a decision that was initiated and pushed by lawyers hoping to avoid potential liability. Though we believe that the decision was motivated in part by a genuine desire to keep the umpires safe after several injuries in 2009, we’ve got a feeling based on the broader facts and circumstances that someone with a law degree made a compelling case for the potentially disastrous legal and P.R. consequences that would result if the league had failed to rescue its assortment of middle-aged men from a blender full of barbed wire.

    For now, we’ve got no smoking gun to support our theory. Still, the fact that the league has rammed into place without sufficient consideration of its competitive impact a rule that has drawn sharp criticism from teams that use no-huddle offenses suggests that either the football people badly missed on this one — or that they had no real say in it.

  • http://atm Raider O

    860,

    I enjoy reading your posts and I have a lot of respect for you. Keep on presenting us well.
    Later sir.

  • RaiderRetribution

    One great point I think we’ve all missed from Gore’s 49 yard run is that the 49er’s did not score any points off of it, not even a FG if I recall correctly. Unlike Forte’s run, Mr. Branch was able to run him out of bounds, the defense tightned up, held SF’s O to FGA, wide right.

    49er’s first 10 pts were off special teams, save for the kicking & long snapping aspect, the special teams, namely coverage & return (yes all that’s left) has me as concerned as the offensive line, if not more.