By Steve Corkran
Monday, September 5th, 2011 at 11:17 am in Oakland Raiders.
Veteran wide receiver Derek Hagan and veteran running back Michael Bennett are not at practice. Why? It’s all guesswork right now.
We won’t have access to coach Hue Jackson and the players until practice ends around 1 or so. Neither player has been hurt of late, so it brings about the prospect of one or both players being waived or excused from practice for personal reasons.
It’s unlikely that the Raiders would cut Hagan, given he was their most productive wide receiver in their four exhibition games. It wouldn’t be so surprising if the Raiders cut Bennett because they already have four other running backs.
Stay tuned on these matters.
*As expected, tight end Kevin Boss, receiver Louis Murphy and safety Mike Mitchell missed practice once again.
Jackson has said that Murphy won’t play against the Denver Broncos in the regular-season opener Sept. 12. He still is holding out hope that Boss and/or Mitchell will recover from their knee injuries in time to play against Denver.
*Receiver Chaz Schilens made it two practices in a row. He is working with the rest of his teammates and showing no lingering effects from the leg injury he suffered against the Arizona Cardinals on Aug. 11.
*Not much else to report from the 30 minutes we were allowed to watch practice.
The Raiders are off Tuesday and resume preparation for the Broncos on Wednesday, with the first of three straight night practices.
The Raiders are bringing in portable lights for the practices. Jackson set the start time for 7:15 p.m. so that his players can get used to playing at that time of night. The Broncos game starts at the same time.
Jackson said he has seen this approach used in the past, when he coached with the Cincinnati Bengals and Atlanta Falcons.
Former Raiders coach Tom Cable was a huge proponent of practicing at the time of an upcoming game. They practiced at night at the Coliseum in advance of a Monday night game against the San Diego Chargers in 2009.
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