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Gallery further along than McFadden

News, notes, quotes and observations Wednesday as the Raiders prepare to face the 49ers:

– Left guard Robert Gallery and running back Darren McFadden both made it back to the practice field after missing time with hamstring injuries, with Gallery looking the farther along of the two players, according to coach Tom Cable.

Gallery was injured in the season opener against Tennessee and missed the next four games. McFadden pulled up in the Houston game and did not play against San Diego.

While Cable said he was more optimistic about Gallery, he also thought McFadden could play.

“I think there’s a good chance, I really do,’’ Cable said. “We’ll see how he feels tomorrow after this work today and if we’re progressing and moving along I would expect we would have him Sunday.’’

If McFadden were to be ready, it would probably be in a secondary role with Bush as the lead back, considering his injury status.

Being able to pair McFadden with Bush on occasion, put him in motion or put him in the slot, would cause the 49ers to adjust defensively and perhaps draw a defender out of the box to open up the run.

– Cable wouldn’t commit to a hard-and-fast status of quarterback Bruce Gradkowski, but reading between the lines, it looks as if he’ll sit this one out.

“They told me we would know something by tomorrow,’’ Cable said. “We have a pretty good idea. Obviously he didn’t practice today and I think he’s pretty sore o we’ll see what kind of progress we make in the next 24 hours.”

Cable said he didn’t yet know if Gradkowski, should he not start, would be the backup quarterback or No. 3, with Kyle Boller moving up temporarily to No. 2.

— Others who did not practice were DT John Henderson (stress fracture), WR Chaz Schilens (knee), LB Travis Goethel (lower back), LB Thomas Howard (knee) and RB Michael Bennett. Bennett has been sidelined by a hamstring injury and wasn’t at practice Wednesday to be with his wife, who is having a baby.

Players who were limited aside from Gallery and McFadden were LB Quentin Groves, WR Johnnie Lee Higgins (knee) and CB Jeremy Ware (ankle).

— Free safety Michael Huff, whose sack of Philip Rivers forced the fumble that Tyvon Branch returned 64 yards for the game-clinching touchdown, was named the AFC defensive player of the week.
Huff finished with a career-high 11 tackles, surpassing his previous high of 10 in his rookie year on Nov. 19 against Kansas City.

— Player of the week honors aside, the Raiders defense has been torched for 947 yards in the last two games, giving up 249 yards rushing to the Houston Texans and 415 yards passing to the san Diego Chargers.

It’s the most yardage the Raiders have given up in consecutive games since 1997, when they gave up 441 yards in a 28-25 win over Denver and 554 yards in a 45-34 loss to Seattle for a total if 995.

Note: Missed one in between. Raiders gave up 960 yards in back to back games in 2004, 527 to Tennessee and 433 to Kansas City on Dec. 19 and Dec. 25, respectively. Interesting thing _ all three times the Raiders were 1-1, rather than 0-2.

That defense achieved the almost unheard of NFL double of being last in the league against both the run and the pass, a rarity in that teams that gain yards on the ground don’t often take to the air.

Although the Raiders were competitive against Houston and beat San Diego, cornerback Nnamdi Asomugha wants the yardage figures to come down.

“When the yards get up to 400, 500 yards, almost 1,000 in two games, you don’t want that,’’ Asomugha said. “The fact that we won the game last week was good, and we almost won the Houston game, that’s great, but as a defense we want to be much better, and that’s our focus this week, is communication. In the coverage, if we’re in a zone, getting the communication down and being able to play it much better than we have in the past.”

– Asomugha had this to say about the role reversal which finds the 49ers being the team in turmoil for a change:

“It’s different. It hasn’t been that way since I’ve been here. It is a change of things. I don’t know how they’re handling it, but I know it’s a difficult thing to handle.”

— Bruce Davis said Wednesday afternoon he hadn’t been summoned into the coaches offices for an official 49ers debriefing.

“Nothing like that, not yet anyway,’’ Davis said.

Davis was claimed off the 49ers practice squad a week ago and was on three of the four special teams units against the Chargers. He said he built up some friendships during that time, and is surprised to see them at 0-5.

“They’re much more dangerous than 0-5, especially offensively,’’ Davis said.“Frank Gore is one of the best in the business. Vernon Davis might be the best vertical threat tight end in the league.’’

As excruciating as this sounds, Davis called San Francisco, “one of the best 0-5 teams I’ve ever heard of. Sometimes you’re just a play or two away and that seems to be how it’s happening over there.’’

Davis said he’s kept in contact with some of the 49ers, although not this week, and said,
“I think really highly of a lot of ‘em. It’ll be good to try and knock ‘em around this week.’’
– Bruce Campbell, the fourth-round draft pick from Maryland, has been given no indication he will get some time any time soon.

“Still waiting, basically,’’ Campbell said. “Waiting for my opportunity, waiting for my chance.’’

Campbell said he has still been exclusively a right guard, and hasn’t been moved to any other spot.

Cable ordinarily has linemen learn or play another position to give the unit more versatility.

That could come soon. Cable said he’s been impressed by Campbell’s progress of late.

“I like what’s going on with Bruce. I felt like the last two to three weeks he’s starting to get it, he’s starting to figure it out and he’s starting to understand the tempo and violence it takes to play with,’’ Cable said. “He’s getting a better understanding of what he’s doing. I like where he’s headed.’’

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  • PurpleDrank81

    Wow we aint getting no love from any writers but thats nothing really new…I;ve looked at about 20 predictions for this week game and about 16 people picked the Niners… I know this is gonna be a hard game because there backs against the wall and there gonna come out swinging but I really think that we can do big things against them.. The key to winning this game is like every week blitz Alex Smith and have solid runs

  • http://www.pro-football-reference.com/ KoolKell

    They’ll probably hold Dmac out.

  • RaiderRockstar

    ROCKSTAR! PLEASE! Shhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh.

    ***

    Cards game – 3 missed FG’s

    Texans game – Murph cant catch balls that hit him in the hands or chest. Run D abused

    Rams – #1 overall pick last year, beat them by 2 pts

    Titans – knew our snap count. Run D abused

    SD – needed 12 pts on ST to get the W. pass D abused

    4 of 5 games = penalties galore

    sorry RNO, it’s hard for me to think that we’re a different team than year’s past

    I want to. I just cant

  • HairyBush

    RNOraiderFan Says:
    October 14th, 2010 at 11:27 am
    Oakland takes it. 31 to 20
    —————————-
    guess were on the same page

  • RNOraiderFan

    Look for Lame boy to blitz with bush being the HOT and rumbling down the field a few times.

  • inonewordraider

    I heard James Jett still has Raider Speed

  • RNOraiderFan

    603.RaiderRockstar Says:
    October 14th, 2010 at 11:29 am
    ROCKSTAR! PLEASE! Shhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh.

    ***

    Cards game – 3 missed FG’s

    Texans game – Murph cant catch balls that hit him in the hands or chest. Run D abused

    Rams – #1 overall pick last year, beat them by 2 pts

    Titans – knew our snap count. Run D abused

    SD – needed 12 pts on ST to get the W. pass D abused

    4 of 5 games = penalties galore

    sorry RNO, it’s hard for me to think that we’re a different team than year’s past

    I want to. I just cant

    ****************************************
    Aw Hell, its 11:30am and I need a drink now.

  • RNOraiderFan

    James Jett!!!! Hell Yeah!

  • Grrrrrrr

    What’s the best way to get to Candlestick from the East Bay? I’ve heard the traffic is hell…

  • HairyBush

    Trade Chris Johnson to the Omaha nighthawks. He should flourish there-what a loser, he reminds me of the 8 weeks we had Me’ Angelo Hall.

  • mistic1

    Romac is a major upgrade at mlb from what we have had over the last few years.Im watching the jags and bills. Captain kirk is brutal, he half a step late, he is over running the play, and going into the wrong gaps. On 2 plays in a row he got knocked on his a$$, once by a o-lineman, then buried by a full back. This is ugly, Romac is already head and shoulders a better player then, the very likable yet highly over rated captain kirk.

  • DMAC

    Whomever is in the backfield need to be ready to pick up the blitz. Especially from Willis up the gut.

  • Just Fire Baby

    Raiders 17-13, Nick Miller houses one for an INT, defense gets 4 turnovers.

    Jason Campbell, 15-23, 137 yards, O TD’s 1 INT

  • Just Fire Baby

    *Houses one for TD

  • HairyBush

    Hopefully there won’t be anymore phantom holding calls on Nnamdi this week.

  • http://www.pro-football-reference.com/ KoolKell

    DeAngelo Hall is having a good year in DC.

  • RNOraiderFan

    SD – needed 12 pts on ST to get the W. pass D abused

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    Disagree with you on this one. They were punting which means we were going to get the ball anyways. The 12 points were a none factor after they took the lead from us twice. We can from behind and won that game. Even with out Branch’s and Huff’s play we were ahead by 1.

  • http://www.nataliegulbis.com Richochet

    # RNOraiderFan Says:
    October 14th, 2010 at 11:08 am

    Anyone heard of this new book called “Bada$$es?” Its about the Raiders in the 70’s. Going to Barnes and Noble today to try to pick it up. The Author on Sirius yesterday said he thinks this years Raiders remind him alot of the Raider teams from the 70’s. Lets hope that they start acting like it.
    ============================
    wow. Are you serious? The Raiders oline suck. The WR’s suck. The D line sucks. The qb’s wouldn’t start anywhere else.
    Key phrase was “the author on Serius says”…it’s said to encourage sales.
    No one..as in NO ONE WOULD EVER STATE THIS YEARS TEAM IS ANYWHERE CLOSE TO THE RAIDERS OF THE 70′S.

    that’s a damn insult to the players from that era…

  • DMAC

    No way you compare CJ to Hall!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • RNOraiderFan

    What’s the best way to get to Candlestick from the East Bay? I’ve heard the traffic is hell…

    Bart from Walnut Creek.

  • HairyBush

    Just Fire Baby Says:
    October 14th, 2010 at 11:33 am
    Raiders 17-13, Nick Miller houses one for an INT, defense gets 4 turnovers.

    Jason Campbell, 15-23, 137 yards, O TD’s 1 INT
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    I’m guessing with your prediction of Campbell’s stats you just want to reinforce he is a game manager lol

  • SilverNBlackPA

    We doin’ predictions now?

    I’m goin’ balls out optimism. If there’s any game that it’s okay for this year, this is it.

    Nnamdi and Routt each snag a pick off Smith. Gore will get his yards, no question, but he won’t embarrass the run D like Chris Johnson or Arian Foster did.

    Campbell will be solid, if unspectacular. But that’s what we’ll need with Bush running well and Miller torching their safeties.

    Raiders 33 – Niners 20. Print it.

  • PurpleDrank81

    Agreed 612….Patrick Willis is very dangerous…We have to stop him….

  • popcicledrip

    I would like to see mcfadden held just so he don’t get any worse and bush can take work load and we can win – I wish we could have kept kirk and put him WIL wimberly is going to get better in pass coverage and the trade for groves was the worst offseason move we made he’s horrible

  • http://www.pro-football-reference.com/ KoolKell

    Hopefully with Gallery back, they can plug those up the middle blitzes by Willis.

  • HairyBush

    DMAC Says:
    October 14th, 2010 at 11:35 am
    No way you compare CJ to Hall!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    ———————
    Chris Johnson looked good when he filled in for Hall a couple years ago, his play has gotten worse and Routt’s has improved. Seriously watch how many times he screws up on many different levels. I wanted the gut cut after last week, and that is not being dramatic.

  • SilverNBlackPA

    Watch for this matchup: Seymour up against Mike Iupati. Iupati’s an awesome run blocker, but he can get abused in pass protection. Seymour’s lived in the opponent’s backfield much of the season. 2 sacks for Big Sey.

  • bcz24

    Raiders 17-13, Nick Miller houses one for an INT, defense gets 4 turnovers.
    *******
    Since when does ‘Not Zack’ Miller play defense?

  • RNOraiderFan

    Hey Richochet, Did you hear the interview with the author on Sirius yeasterday? There was alot said in between too. I just don’t have the time to post the whole thing on here. Nor do I have a transcript. Calm down man.

  • HairyBush

    *guy

  • RaiderRockstar

    new post!

  • RedneckRaider

    Bcz24 Says:
    October 14th, 2010 at 11:38 am
    Raiders 17-13, Nick Miller houses one for an INT, defense gets 4 turnovers.
    *******
    Since when does ‘Not Zack’ Miller play defense?

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

    He must have meant Stevie Brown…

  • HairyBush

    Vernon Davis- 129 yards and a TD, the rest of there wideouts under 100 yards total.

  • El Gordo Numero 2

    Any good Raider tailgate parties going on this sunday in SF that would welcome a playa. I got some good tequila to pitch in..

  • DMAC

    # HairyBush Says:
    October 14th, 2010 at 11:38 am

    DMAC Says:
    October 14th, 2010 at 11:35 am
    No way you compare CJ to Hall!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    ———————
    Chris Johnson looked good when he filled in for Hall a couple years ago, his play has gotten worse and Routt’s has improved. Seriously watch how many times he screws up on many different levels. I wanted the gut cut after last week, and that is not being dramatic.
    ============
    CJ has declined a bit, but thats because he’s old now (31)and has lost a step.
    I still take him over play back 15 yards at the line of scrimmage Hall.

  • bcz24

    I would like to see mcfadden held just so he don’t get any worse and bush can take work load and we can win – I wish we could have kept kirk and put him WIL wimberly is going to get better in pass coverage and the trade for groves was the worst offseason move we made he’s horrible
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    Whos Wimberly? You do realize that Groves is playing LB out of position right? He is naturally a defensive end. He is definitely NOT our worst offseason move. Groves is better at WLB than Scott. How about Yamon Figurs… not even on the team anymore.

  • http://www.nataliegulbis.com Richochet

    # RaiderRockstar Says:
    October 13th, 2010 at 2:44 pm

    whats up Rich?

    I see your boy Crabtree got it done last week!

    I don’t think we’ll have a big Crabs vs DHB showdown this Sunday … do you?

    I’m predicting something like 2 catches for 45 yards (Crab) and 1 catch for 7 yards (DHGhost)

    Davis vs Miller = nice

    Gore vs Bush = nice
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    Sup Rock,
    Re: Crab/Bey Crab started off season slow, but came out of his shell last week. Bey started off season slow, then bought really big cement shoes and bought Harry Potters invisibility cloak, because he’s either gone to a crawl, or disappeared all together.
    I think Crab got over 100 yds last week. Bey got 100 inches….oh wait. Take off the 1. zero for last week.
    I’m guessing Raiders will concentrate on shutting down Crab as much as possible, wanting to avoid the ‘should have taken him” angle to follow.
    And Raiders will definitely be throwing more and more at Bey, by orders of the Grand Poo-bah up in his guild-ed throne room, which could either be good, or really really bad.
    Guess is Crab gets 6 catches, for 75 yds.
    DHB gets 4 for 60

    Good TE matchups, for sure. Gore is definitely better than Bush as far as talent, but Gore pretty much sucks this year, so that’s another good matchup.
    Both olines are porous as hell, with rookies getting schooled.
    Boils down to which qb handles the massive amount of pressure, because if either one lays a massive egg, costing the team the game (turnovers, fumbles, bad decisions) then that qb’s fans will tar and feather him, and they might as well ask to be traded, because both teams fans seem on the fence regarding Smith and Campbell.

  • ambase9

    400 passing yards who was getting smoked?