News, notes and quotes from Raiders Thursday practice and media sessions:
– Raiders defensive tackle John Henderson missed practice again with a foot injury which in a day graduated from “precautionary” to a “game time decision.”
Others who did not practice included WR Chaz Schilens, G Robert Robert Gallery and LB Travis Goethel. Those who were limited at practice were S Hiram Eugene (hamstring), CB Chris Johnson (stinger), CB Walter McFadden (hamstring) and S Michael Huff (illness). RB Michael Bush and DT Richard Seymour practiced without limitations.
Cable termed Walter McFadden the “most questionable” of the injured and said Gallery was “very questionable.”
Schilens is in an entirely different category, still recovering from arthrosopic knee surgery more than a month ago.
“We’re making progress,” Cable said. “I would say they’re probably happy with where he’s at right now. We still have a ways to go but we’re progressing.”
Cable said there was no estimate on how much longer Schilens would be out.
– In case you were wondering, Jason Campbell hasn’t fallen so far off the map that he is behind Kyle Boller. He’ll be the backup quarterback.
Campbell was approached in the locker room Thursday and politely declined comment, saying he’d like to talk but had been told not to talk to the media.
“I’m not aware of that,” Cable said. “I did not know that.”
Campbell wasn’t the only one. Either players were staying out of the locker room of their own volition or had been urged not to talk to media, because the open locker room session was pretty barren.
– Cornerback Stanford Routt on Arizona wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald: “Size, athleticism, speed, strength. Whatever attribute you want to ask about, that’s something he has in his tool box. You definitely can’t go out there scared, though. You respect your opponent but you don’t ever fear him.”
– If Fitzgerald is the most feared member of the Cardinals offense, defensive lineman Darnell Dockett is the defender most likely to cause problems. Dockett was given a five-year contract extension worth $48 million recently.
“He’s a very, very good player,” Cable said. “When you talk about defensive linemen, you’re looking for a guy that’s disruptive can play all three downs, penetrate _ he can do that _ but I think is greatest asset is his ability to rush the passer in one-on-one situations.”
– While third-round pick Jared Veldheer will alternate at left tackle with Mario Henderson and has also played center, fourth-round selection Bruce Campbell has remained exclusively at right guard and is making slow but steady progress.
“I think he is on the right climb,” Cable said. “He is moving in a direction that we want him to. There’s some days out there where he gets you so excited, and then there are other days where he has to clean things up to continue that consistent improvement. I think a lot of that for him is learning what it takes to be a pro lineman. It’s an every day job _ 365 days a year. It’s the nature of the position.”
– Cable liked what he saw of Quentin Scott, the angular (6-foot-4, 225 pounds) linebacker out of Northern Iowa who may also get a look at safety. Scott went to camp with the Chicago Bears but was waived on the final cutdown.
“He’s a big, tall, rangy guy that can run,” Cable said. “That was obvious in day one. But I think adding him to the practice squad is a good move in that it puts another really quality athlete on the field. Just after one practice he was impressive in some things.”