Cable says Bush will play . . . but how much?


Raiders coach Tom Cable said running back Michael Bush practiced without limitations Friday and listed him as “probable” to face the Arizona Cardinals.

Players listed as “probable” almost always play. On Sunday, Bush will have had 27 days to recover from surgery to insert screws into a fracture at the base of his left thumb, a procedure which normally takes four to six weeks to recover.

Asked if it would be a game-time decision on Bush, Cable said, “No, he’s going. I think the game-time decision is on (John) Henderson.”

Bush may not be limited, but his role could be.

“That remains to be seen,” Cable said. “He obviously did everything this week. He’s done a little bit the last two weeks. We’ll go in there and be smart about where and when we use him.”

That means the Raiders are likely to give Darren McFadden another heavy workload. He 24 touches in Week 1 (17 carries, six pass receptions) and a career-high 30 carries in Week 2 against St. Louis, including 20 for 107 yards in the second half.

Offensive coordinator Hue Jackson said he told McFadden before the game to be prepared for 30 carries, and he could be in that neighborhood again Sunday.

“Sure, if the game dictates that, you bet it’s possible,” Cable said. “Once you’ve done that _ and he’s done it a couple of times in college before _ most of those guys are used to having high numbers. He responded well.”

Henderson was in a boot Monday with a foot injury he said wasn’t serious. Cable said the foot hasn’t gotten much better during the course of the week. Safety Hiram Eugene (hamstring), cornerback Chris Johnson (ankle) and cornerback Walter McFadden are also questionable.

Listed as probable along with Bush is linebacker Ricky Brown (hamstring) and defensive tackle Richard Seymour. Listed as out are left guard Robert Gallery, linebacker Travis Goethel and wide receiver Chaz Schilens.

The Raiders worked out safety Jerome Boyd Thursday.


Jerry McDonald - NFL Writer

  • ArmChair GM

    # RaiderRockstar Says:
    September 24th, 2010 at 2:53 pm

    ArmChair GM, are we somehow related?

    Haha. I don’t know RaiderRockstar. Are a Gradkowski for starter supporter, or a Campbell for starter supporter?

  • DKnight007

    Minimize the turnover and stupid penalties also!

  • RaiderRockstar

    Are a Gradkowski for starter supporter, or a Campbell for starter supporter?



    just win baby

  • RaiderRockstar

    5pm in Podunk

    later gents. have a great/safe weekend

  • ArmChair GM

    What scares me is that the Cards aren’t known for having a star running back like we faced the first two weeks.

    But the unheralded backs are exactly the kinds that have torched our defense over the years.

    I hope we don’t focus all of our attention on Fitzgerald and forget to stop the run.

  • ArmChair GM

    # RaiderRockstar Says:
    September 24th, 2010 at 2:59 pm

    Are a Gradkowski for starter supporter, or a Campbell for starter supporter?



    just win baby

    Yessirr! That’s the attitude we all should have. What do you see our biggest challenge being this Sunday?…

    O-line protecting Gradkowski, stopping the run, or shutting Fitzgerald down?

  • PurpleDrank81

    All of the above

  • StayinBlack

    Sign me up for any player producing for the Raiders.

  • StayinBlack

    ArmChair GM Says:
    September 24th, 2010 at 3:03 pm

    All that and then some. But I believe winning the Turnover battle is HUGE!!!

  • Raider D

    IF we can stop the run without 8 in the box! then our DIE-NASTY RAIDER DEFENSE can actually rest while our O puts up some points

  • winston99

    Armchair- Good point on the “unheralded backs.” Totally true. AND I HATE THAT!!!!

  • ArmChair GM,

    Add “need a true NT” to your list of things I have gotten right…..that puts me up to three things in your eyes right?


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  • Plunketthead

    yeah,right : )

  • The Big Banana…

    My pool has Arizona as 4 point favourites so put me down for

    Cardinals 28 – Raiders 24

    Cable gets his 24 and calls off the dogs.