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Gradkowski opens with first team

After the conclusion of warmups and drills Wednesday and the expiration of the media window for practice, Bruce Gradkowski came to the line of scrimmage to take first-team reps while Jason Campbell watched with his helmet off.

Coach Tom Cable is expected to name a starting quarterback following practice.

Among those who were not present were left guard Robert Gallery (hamstring), linebacker Travis Goethel (lower back) and wide receiver Chaz Schilens (knee).

Also absent was defesnsive tackle John Henderson, who was wearing a protective boot Monday but said it was nothing and that he’d be playing against Arizona.

Cornerback Walter McFadden and defensive tackle Richard Seymour, both out with hamstring injuries, were suited up and will take part in at last some portion of practice. Offensive lineman Erik Pears was back on the field, meaning he was signed to the 53-man roster after Stevie Brown was waived.

Brown was not at the facility Wednesday, meaning he was waiting for the end of the waiver period or was claimed by another team.

More to come . . .

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  • http://tinypic.com/view.php?pic=eb53t3&s=5&hid=3&tag=my+pool Lynn from Snot

    Biz Markie I meant

  • Just Fire Baby

    I don’t think the Warriors will ever change their name to anything strictly Oakland related, unless another team goes to SF.

    Maybe the Bay Area Warriors, but they want to still appeal to SF and San Jose and all that, merchandise-wise.

    They aren’t going to pigeon-hole themselves as just an Oakland team if they don’t have to. A’s and Raiders have SF teams as competition, Dubs don’t.

  • severeraiderz

    Raider75 Says:
    September 22nd, 2010 at 1:57 pm
    # severeraiderz Says:
    September 22nd, 2010 at 1:55 pm

    Dakota Says:
    September 22nd, 2010 at 1:48 pm
    Move the team back to LA.
    //////////////////////////////////////////////

    Lol preach my brotha
    ………..

    Move the team to San Antonio
    ////////////////////////////////////////////////

    Step away from the pulpit!!!! lol

  • kidseven

    Stop the presses. Bruce is not the answer. All he does is win and make plays. We simply MUST get someone 6′ 5″ who can throw the deep interception.

    We haven’t had a real Raider QB since Jay Schraeder. Thank god for Jason Plunkett.

  • L.A. Raider Dave

    Dakota,
    Normally i agree with you about moving back to LA. But right now all i want is for us a to build a solid foundation.

    There isnt 1 player out there thats going to turn this team around. it’s going to take all 53 men on the roster, the coaching staff, and the management to do that. Constantly making changes to the coaches and the QB is going to keep us in the dog house. Especially the distraction of moving this team again. They started there and probably should have never left.

    I trust the team put together now can grow, lets just let them play and build upon that.

  • http://aldavissucks.blogspot.com/ The Real MaddenRaider

    # bcz24 Says:
    September 22nd, 2010 at 1:48 pm

    BBB… and least it aint politics!

    ………….

    To demand that people don’t talk politics IS, in and of itself, a political stance. It means you support the status quo, the system ‘as is’. You’re revealing to us that you’re at the very least a right leaning Libertarian, if not a conservative Republican. If you really didn’t like political discussion, you’d just ignore it and discuss what you want to discuss. By telling everyone not to discuss politics, you’re making a political statement of your own.

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I3ng4yHw2xk&feature=PlayList&p=E565EF0DE2F587FA&playnext= Raider75

    # severeraiderz Says:
    September 22nd, 2010 at 1:58 pm

    Raider75 Says:
    September 22nd, 2010 at 1:57 pm
    # severeraiderz Says:
    September 22nd, 2010 at 1:55 pm

    Dakota Says:
    September 22nd, 2010 at 1:48 pm
    Move the team back to LA.
    //////////////////////////////////////////////

    Lol preach my brotha
    ………..

    Move the team to San Antonio
    ////////////////////////////////////////////////

    Step away from the pulpit!!!! lol
    ………….

    I live in TX. I could go to all the home games then. lol

  • Just Fire Baby

    Raiders win, Bruce plays well, sellout against Texans.

    Book it.

  • RaiderRockstar

    you won’t ever put a measely $20 wager on the line!!!

    ***

    when have you asked me to?

    real money and virtual football players = 2 different animals

    I got a baby on the way man

    who gives a rip if you lose a game or two in FF? it means nothing in real life. i’m in 4 leagues – LOL

  • Just Fire Baby

    We simply MUST get someone 6′ 5″ who can throw the deep interception.

    ***********************************

    LMAO

  • mistic1

    # Try Some Reality Says:
    September 22nd, 2010 at 1:54 pm

    Mistic1 Says:
    September 22nd, 2010 at 1:44 pm
    # Try Some Reality Says:
    September 22nd, 2010 at 1:37 pm

    Mistic means to say…”bruh”

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

    Mistic, take notes, bruh. That’s how it’s spelled. Bra makes you sound like a douche
    =========================================================

    Now your trying to teach me the correct spelling on slang?!?!?! ITS SLANG, BROKEN ENGLISH, IT’S NOT SUPPOSED TO BE SPELLED CORRECTLY?!?!?!?

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

    But it is supposed to be spelled phonetically. As it stands, you sound like a douchebag with “Bra”.
    =======================================================

    This cat is a slap! You just said slang should be spelled phonetically?!?! As in phonics? Foolish mortal, why do you think they coined the term EBONICS, IT IS NOT PHONICS?!?!/!

    Go ask your “black friends” about it.

  • RaiderRockstar

    I dont think ANY of the 3 qbs on our roster is capable of eclipsing 350yds right now

    ***

    me neither!

  • ArmChair GM

    # Dakota Says:
    September 22nd, 2010 at 1:48 pm

    Move the team back to LA.
    _______________________________________________________

    Apart from supporting Mcfadden and wanting Cable to be gone, little else this guy says, makes any sense.

  • severeraiderz

    Raider75 Says:
    September 22nd, 2010 at 2:00 pm
    # severeraiderz Says:
    September 22nd, 2010 at 1:58 pm

    Raider75 Says:
    September 22nd, 2010 at 1:57 pm
    # severeraiderz Says:
    September 22nd, 2010 at 1:55 pm

    Dakota Says:
    September 22nd, 2010 at 1:48 pm
    Move the team back to LA.
    //////////////////////////////////////////////

    Lol preach my brotha
    ………..

    Move the team to San Antonio
    ////////////////////////////////////////////////

    Step away from the pulpit!!!! lol
    ………….

    I live in TX. I could go to all the home games then. lol
    //////////////////////////////////////////

    i can barelyt make it to oakland let alone TX

  • http://tinypic.com/view.php?pic=eb53t3&s=5&hid=3&tag=my+pool Lynn from Snot

    Texas??? the only things in Texas are queers and steers.
    line from “FULL METAL JACKET”

  • RaiderRockstar

    Lynn: Jhill’s wife is from Texas

    not cool man!

  • SilverNBlackPA

    I think Tim Kawakami said it best on his Twitter today (paraphrasing, too lazy to go look) “If Cable starts Gradkowski against Arizona, that means he’s all in”

    I agree. If Grads flops, Cable’s done for. If Grads succeeds, Cable stays. Simple as that. Cable’s pinning his job to Gradkowski’s arm…which is a strategy that’s worked well for him so far, I must say.

    I’ll bet Hue Jackson’s “all in” on Gradkowski too, since he claimed today it was his idea in the first place. My guess is: Hue and Cable sat down Al and talked him into letting them go with their guy.

    Woe unto them if their guy faceplants.

    But, until he shows me otherwise, In Bruce I Trust.

  • SilverNBlackPA

    kidseven Says:
    September 22nd, 2010 at 1:59 pm
    Stop the presses. Bruce is not the answer. All he does is win and make plays. We simply MUST get someone 6′ 5″ who can throw the deep interception.

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

    LMAO, best comment yet

  • Just Fire Baby

    who gives a rip if you lose a game or two in FF? it means nothing in real life. i’m in 4 leagues – LOL

    ********************************

    Two things I don’t do:

    Trade in FF, and play in more than one league.

    You got a baby on the way, great, leverage him with some action!!!!

    Ahhh….the good old days of the rush with the mortgage on the line.

    I remember the Eagles-Pats Super Bowl. I was short on most of the bill money, so I had a grand scheme.

    I was pretty sure the Pats would win, but didn’t know about covering 7 points. So I threw about $500 on the ML, which only payed off about $200, and than $250 on the Eagles +7.

    If the Eagles won, I probably would have gotten evicted and had to move back to Chico or Tracy. If the Pats won and covered, it was about a wash.

    But I middled, made some coin and almost crapped a brick in the meantime.

    Lesson of course, parents don’t let your 23 year old kid move to Las Vegas on his own.

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

    I can see it now:

    2013
    Monday Night Football
    Downtown LA at Anschutz Entertainment Stadium
    LA Raiders v. Denver Broncos
    Owner-Mark Davis
    GM Chris Polian
    HC Pat Shurmer
    QB Ryan Mallett

  • ArmChair GM

    LA has historically borrowed Bay Area culture and tried to make it their own.

    The Crips and Bloods were originally knock off attempts at imitating the Black Panthers.

    Even today ‘The Dougie’ and the ‘Jerk’ and all these young LA rappers like the New Boyz and Cali Swag District are just trying to imitate the “hyphy” movement that the kids in Oakland started and their whole style is copied off of the Pack and other young groups like that.

    This may be over the heads of some of you guys, but Oakland is by no means anybody’s stepchild by any stretch of the imagination.

  • http://aldavissucks.blogspot.com/ The Real MaddenRaider

    You know, there are so many cities and even large towns in America that are riddled with poverty and violence today. But for some reason Oakland just gets the brunt of the criticism. I would think it was racism (considering where a lot of this criticism is coming from), but of course there are black people in all of these towns and cities. So, what separates Oakland from all of these other places with violence and poverty? Could it be that Oakland has so much more than even so many of the safer, wealthier cities? Could it be the generations of talented entertainers to come out of Oakland? Could it be that just about everyone, of all races, under the age of 40, all across America, uses some form of 90′s Oakland hip hop slang (i.e., the term “player hater”, or even it’s short derivative, “hater”)? Even in corporate board room meetings? LOL. Even the president (Bush), when he called Saddam Hussein a “hater”?

    Could it also be the political movements throughout history in Oakland? Is Oakland’s exclusive criticism still pay back for the Panthers? Oakland’s reputation for standing up to abusive authority? I may be on to something here because I notice Detroit gets a lot of this unfair criticism, too.

  • mistic1

    # The Real MaddenRaider Says:
    September 22nd, 2010 at 2:12 pm

    You know, there are so many cities and even large towns in America that are riddled with poverty and violence today. But for some reason Oakland just gets the brunt of the criticism. I would think it was racism (considering where a lot of this criticism is coming from), but of course there are black people in all of these towns and cities. So, what separates Oakland from all of these other places with violence and poverty? Could it be that Oakland has so much more than even so many of the safer, wealthier cities? Could it be the generations of talented entertainers to come out of Oakland? Could it be that just about everyone, of all races, under the age of 40, all across America, uses some form of 90’s Oakland hip hop slang (i.e., the term “player hater”, or even it’s short derivative, “hater”)? Even in corporate board room meetings? LOL. Even the president (Bush), when he called Saddam Hussein a “hater”?

    Could it also be the political movements throughout history in Oakland? Is Oakland’s exclusive criticism still pay back for the Panthers? Oakland’s reputation for standing up to abusive authority? I may be on to something here because I notice Detroit gets a lot of this unfair criticism, too.
    =======================================================
    Wow bra, very astute…and well stated!!!
    I have never heard yo make that much sense, maybe we are more alike than it seemed!

    But Grads still stinks!!!!

  • PKRaider

    While the back stories are much different, Cable’s choice of Grads and Reid’s choice of Vick to replace the supposed franchise QB both had to be made. Both Raiders and Eagles have O-line problems, and the presumed #1′s were struggling to escape with their lives. It has to be obvious to anyone that was watching with an unbiased eye that Gradkowski showed much better ability to deal with the pressure, just as Vick was clearly better able to move the Eagles than Kolb. The coach has to put the QB that shows the most potential to win on the field, regardless of whether he is the “best”. If Monte Poole can’t see that, he’s got his head firmly planted where the view ain’t so good.

  • DMAC

    The entire team played like crap against TEN, not just Campbell.

    Campbell was pulled at half when we were only down 4 points.
    ===============
    We should of never been down four to the rams.

  • ArmChair GM

    # The Real MaddenRaider Says:
    September 22nd, 2010 at 2:12 pm

    You know, there are so many cities and even large towns in America that are riddled with poverty and violence today. But for some reason Oakland just gets the brunt of the criticism. I would think it was racism (considering where a lot of this criticism is coming from), but of course there are black people in all of these towns and cities. So, what separates Oakland from all of these other places with violence and poverty? Could it be that Oakland has so much more than even so many of the safer, wealthier cities? Could it be the generations of talented entertainers to come out of Oakland? Could it be that just about everyone, of all races, under the age of 40, all across America, uses some form of 90’s Oakland hip hop slang (i.e., the term “player hater”, or even it’s short derivative, “hater”)? Even in corporate board room meetings? LOL. Even the president (Bush), when he called Saddam Hussein a “hater”?

    Could it also be the political movements throughout history in Oakland? Is Oakland’s exclusive criticism still pay back for the Panthers? Oakland’s reputation for standing up to abusive authority? I may be on to something here because I notice Detroit gets a lot of this unfair criticism, too.
    ___________________________________________________

    Good stuff RMR.

    Me, you, Mystic, Brien are all Town Bizness.

  • L.A. Raider Dave

    DMAC Says:
    September 22nd, 2010 at 2:18 pm
    The entire team played like crap against TEN, not just Campbell.

    Campbell was pulled at half when we were only down 4 points.
    ===============
    We should of never been down four to the rams.
    —————————————————————————————————————-

    Wouldnt that be on the defense and not the QB?

  • kvnbntly

    BART Bridge Blues Says:
    September 22nd, 2010 at 1:30 pm
    Now we know the real reason Jeff Garcia quit the team last pre-season. He saw the awesome skills of Bruce God-kowski and decided to pack it up and go home to wifey. How could he possibly compete with a younger version of himself.

    ………………………
    truth atleast to some degree lol

  • DKnight007

    The waiving of Stevie Brown (who contributes well on special teams player) for a below average Erik Pears who does not play special teams is STUPIDITY!

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  • Kirk

    RMR, I hate to break it to you, but violent crime is at its lowest level in 60 years.

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