Michael Bush was indeed back on the field as the Raiders went through some light drills Friday before their practice this morning, but just barely.
As John Fassel put special teams through the paces on kickoff returns and coverage on the near field, Bush was with the running backs, tight ends and quarterbacks one field over. While backs and tight ends loped through half-speed patterns near the goal line, Bush cradled a football in his right arm, his fractured left thumb in a protective wrap, and was essentially a spectator.
Wide receiver Chaz Schilens (knee), cornerback Walter McFadden (hamstring) and linebacker Travis Goethel (lower back) were not present. After a relatively brief practice, coach Tom Cable will have an even shorter briefing with the media on the field before the team boards busses headed for the Oakland Airport and a charter flight to Nashville.
By NFL rules, players must be classifed today as “probable,” “questionable,” “doubtful” or “out.”
Cable said Thursday Bush would be a “game time decision,” likely meaning a classification as “questionable.”
More to come . . .