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Bush sitting out Thursday practice

Running back Michael Bush emerged from the locker room in sweats and a baseball cap Thursday, apparently sitting out practice after being “limited” for the previous two days with coach Tom Cable keeping alive hope he would face the Tennessee Titans.

Bush (fractured thumb), wide receiver Chaz Schilens (knee), linebacker Travis Goethel (lower back) and cornerback Walter McFadden (hamstring) were not suited up and all appear likely to be on the inactive list for the season opener in Nashville Sunday.

A few quick hits after the first access to defensive coordinator John Marshall and special teams coordinator John Fassel:

–Cornerback Chris Johnson will play in the first team nickel defense, playing on the outside with starter Stanford Routt sliding into the slot.

– The move of Trevor Scott from weak side starter to right end was made to get Quentin Groves on the field once Groves became adjusted to playing in back of the ball instead of being on the line of scrimmage.

– Linebacker Thomas Howard has repsonded to losing his job as a starting linebacker to being a core special teams player and is also playing in the big nickel defense.

– Marshall compared Rolando McClain’s football IQ and abilty to instantly recognize concepts and philosophies to that of Lofa Tatupu, who was an immediate starter in Seattle and three-time Pro Bowler who helped the Seahawks to a conference championship as a rookie.

– Core special teamers along with Howard this year, according to Fassel, include Groves, Rock Cartwright and Hiram Eugene.

– Return specialist Yamon Figurs was referred to by Fassel as a “high rewards” guy. Figurs scored two touchdowns for the Baltimore Ravens on returns when Fassel was a special teams assistant there.

More to come . . .

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  • RaiderRockstar

    5pm in Podunk – later gents!

  • RaiderRockstar

    TW: I answered that question from you earlier today, look it up

  • Just Fire Baby

    Jared Gaither is Out for the game on Monday.

    Glad we didn’t trade a pick for that hot mess.

  • http://blackhillsphoto.com/sturgis-weddings/black-hills-weddings.jpg Dakota

    How many times did Peterson fumble in the NFC Championship game last year? But most only remember the Favre int.

    Vikes would have won easily if AP would have held onto the ball.

  • JONTRAIN

    Scott at DE is a HUGE mistake that I can’t overstate. His one skill is pass rushing in 3rd and long type situations. He’s proven to be a liability in other situations. BUT EVEN ON 3rd AND LONG…Wimbley looks pretty damn good rushing from the right side, doesn’t he? Scott may not even be our best option in that situation.

    And on downs 1 and 2? Well everybody seems to be in agreement that Scott may be abused.

    If Groves truly beat out Scott at the WLB, then so be it. Send Scott to the bench, and let him and Wimbley rush the passer and spell Shaughnessy and Houston on occasion.

    Routt in the slot and a cold CJ37 on the outside on passing downs. Let’s be realistic we all know how that’s gonna end up…

    I HOPE I’M WRONG, BUT……TITANS 27-14.

  • http://Raiders.com RaiderTW

    RaiderRockstar Says:
    September 9th, 2010 at 10:06 am
    TW: what I don’t like about that guy is this …
    he says God told him to burn the Koran, but a call from the White House would convince him to cancel his plans.
    Either God didn’t tell him to burn the Koran, he’s just trying to get attention or Prez BO’s mean more to him than a call from God.
    No matter what which one it is, the guy is a fool and put a serious target (bomb me terrorists!) on his own back as well as his family & church members …
    ————
    You’re right I did miss it, Tedd Rice, glad to hear you won’t be participating but sorry to hear you sorta might think “God” talks to people. If he talks to you ask him for the lotto #s for Saturday!

  • PurpleDrank81

    Any Football News?

  • http://blackhillsphoto.com/sturgis-weddings/black-hills-weddings.jpg Dakota

    Hopefully it won’t take the coaches long to remember what a POS Scott is against the run and he will be benched except on obvious passing downs…otherwise they are going to abuse us on the ground. I can’t imagine Matt S. is worse than Scott against the run.

    Scott is putrid against the run.

  • http://Raiders4Ever.com 860Todd Christensen

    Vikes/Saint’s 8:30pm Eastern, NBC

  • Thec07

    Scott <——-window dressing however, part of the Raiders rotation… Will be in on run plays less than we think…

    Tenn is going to see 8 man fronts… we are going to totally sell out the run…force VY to beat you will Aso covers the best Wr they have to offer…Giving him limited choices…

  • Thec07

    Asked how he compares himself to Peterson, Johnson said, per Jim Wyatt of the Tennessean, “I don’t. I am the best back in the league, he is not. I don’t think it is close. I feel like I am above all the other running backs in the league. I feel like I am above him.”

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

    would be good if we shut him down, and shut him up…
    kill 2 birds with 1 stone…

  • El Tato

    Jerry McDonald twitter:

    Cable says Michael Bush could get in some practice time Friday after missing today and will be a game-time decision against Tennessee.

  • http://Noknuckleheads! 909RaiderLifer

    The Raider game WILL be on KCBS ch.2 here in SO-CAL on Sunday…

    Which means I can have bloodymarys, and ice COLD beer at home, instead of the local dive. Thus, saving myself the $20-$30 buckaroos….

  • Twocents

    I will accept a hard fought loss at Tennessee.

    A putrid loss is unacceptable.

    If we stink, I will start preparing myself for the end of the world.

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

    I am pretty optimistic about this offense for Sunday (probably too optimistic and I need to temper myself). Considering that nobody has tape of us running our current offense(Hue Jack)with our best personnel, we could conceivably screen our way to a lot of points. The defense is gonna suck against CJ, I dont care how Cable spins it that we are just missing a few tackles, blah blah blah, its the line!. The line lets waaay too many runners get to the 2nd level with a full head of steam, and against a guy like CJ that will mean a lot of points for them. So it will come down to ST’s and I think botched coverage by the Raiders will giftwrap 6 points for the Titans and they’ll win by 7.

    Raiders 27
    Titans 34

  • Thec07

    Johnson had 4 games under 100 yards rushing, each game resulted in a tenn loss…

  • http://Noknuckleheads! 909RaiderLifer

    The Saints will be beating ‘ol #4 like a rented mule…

  • http://www.blogcdn.com/www.fanhouse.com/media/2008/04/desmond-howard-425-sm.jpg Bo Schembechler Jackson

    You’re right I did miss it, Tedd Rice, glad to hear you won’t be participating but sorry to hear you sorta might think “God” talks to people. If he talks to you ask him for the lotto #s for Saturday!

    :::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::

    Reminds me of our last president (unelected) who went to war because Gawd told him to.

  • Just Fire Baby

    I would rather W or BO listen to some funky voice in their head than the people they surround themselves with.

  • Stabler76

    909RaiderLifer Says:
    September 9th, 2010 at 3:32 pm
    The Raider game WILL be on KCBS ch.2 here in SO-CAL on Sunday…

    ————————
    Beautiful Brother….

  • Nnamdi21

    breakdown5150 Says:
    September 9th, 2010 at 2:32 pm
    i was just reading a bleacher report article http://bleacherreport.com/articles/455374-nfl-picks-week-1-the-top-underdogs-who-can-win-outright#page/2 and this guy gave the Raiders a 1 out of 10 (1 is lowest)upset probility ranking. does anyone else see a problem with this? if anything i think this game will be a toss up…with the titans running game, and the raiders vertical pass threat…could be high scoring and the last team with the ball wins. hopefully… GO RAIDERS!

    =======================

    Who gives 2 sh*ts about what any moron on Bleacher report has to say? Its the same thing as reading these blogs.
    No one on there is a pro or has any insight. Whole sites a joke.

  • Dirtiest Raccoon

    New post

  • Nnamdi21

    JONTRAIN Says:
    September 9th, 2010 at 3:08 pm
    Scott at DE is a HUGE mistake that I can’t overstate. His one skill is pass rushing in 3rd and long type situations. He’s proven to be a liability in other situations. BUT EVEN ON 3rd AND LONG…Wimbley looks pretty damn good rushing from the right side, doesn’t he? Scott may not even be our best option in that situation.

    And on downs 1 and 2? Well everybody seems to be in agreement that Scott may be abused.

    If Groves truly beat out Scott at the WLB, then so be it. Send Scott to the bench, and let him and Wimbley rush the passer and spell Shaughnessy and Houston on occasion.

    Routt in the slot and a cold CJ37 on the outside on passing downs. Let’s be realistic we all know how that’s gonna end up…

    I HOPE I’M WRONG, BUT……TITANS 27-14.

    =========================

    Raiders “starters” mean very little. Guys are going to be in and out and even rotating positions pre snap to create mismatches.
    Ithink people and especially the Titans are going to be surprised at the diversification.

    Glad Routt’s not starting, that guy just doesn’t put forth the consistent effort.

  • Raiderjambo

    Hey LMN never say die. Anyway, in for a penny in for a pound, RAIDERS 24 Titans 14.