WR Hagan, RB Bennett not at practice


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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  • Sullivan44

    We have nobody backing up Campbell now. Gradkowski is far better statistically than any of our back up QBs. Heck, he might statistically be better than all of them put together.

  • Sullivan44 Says:
    September 5th, 2011 at 12:50 pm
    We have nobody backing up Campbell now.


    I seem to remember this Boller guy on the roster…

  • Sullivan44

    RaiderDuck Says:
    September 5th, 2011 at 12:50 pm

    I seem to remember this Boller guy on the roster…


    Like I said. Nobody.

  • Tafur confirms via Twitter than Hagan has a “small ding.”

    Now will everyone CALM THE FRAK DOWN?!?

  • priesttj

    There are doctor’s available for those in desparate neeed…………..some of you really need to check in.

  • J Hill

    Oh yeah im semi pro’n rewatching game now with my ppos…..Hendu should start and reece sucks as a blocker


    Reece is terrible as a blocker. I’ve said that since it was first announced we were trying that. No news flash there.

    I don’t have a problem with Hendu starting. Move Seymour to LDE and bring Houston off the bench as a DT.

    Let Bryant back up Seymour at LDE.

  • J Hill


    Do you have anything football related today?

    Or are you going to sit here and cry about other folks crying?

  • Method To My Madness

    MR thats a damn lie….no one is scared of Grad…and stats wise we werent better with Grad! Grad more turonvers than TDs……that doesnt hel you fkin liar…JC got benched and Grad didnt dtart and finish one win u fkin liar. All you do is lie. Does it feel good to be a woman?

  • YoungAmerican

    “Small ding” for Hagan.

  • priesttj

    DUCK you should’ve let them go all day until aftere practice we need to weed some of these crackpots out!!!

  • 24

    Why even waste our breathe about Gradkowski? Hes not here anymore. Jason Campbell, Kyle Boller and Terrelle Pryor, like it or not.

  • Sullivan44

    There were just as many Davis shills justifying Hagan’s release as there were fans who thought that it happened.

  • YoungAmerican

    Houston looked damn good on the inside v.s. the run.

  • armond

    hagan has a place on this team whether as a starter or reserve. miller can go to hell tho. im sick of seeing him take 5 steps to go 1 yard and get caught. i see no more value in him. we get no damn pressure on the qb like ive been tellin yall. for 3 years ive said we need to get faster on the edges but yall screamed that 47 sacks bullsh!t. 3rd downs will kill us this year if we dont get to the qb. it aint the db’s fault we dont get off the field. i hope yall see that now.

  • Sullivan44

    Gradkowski is worlds better STATISTICALLY than any other backup on our roster. It would be a huge plus to have him on the depth chart. Considering what he did to the Steeler’s in ’09 and that he came in for Campbell and got a win last year, every opposing DC would have had to prepare for him. The more players opponents have to watch, even on the second string, the more options it opens up for your offense. It’s a game of x’s and o’s. Some teams do everything they can to win. Some miss the fine points.

  • Sullivan44 Says:
    September 5th, 2011 at 12:48 pm
    Duck, the Raiders QB depth chart was statistically better with Gradkowski on it than it is today. Defensive coordinators would have had to prepare for the possibility of Grads being subbed in. They’d have to put a lot of schemes into their weekly game plan to shut down the short passing game. That would have opened things up for Campbell. Having a deep roster of talented players helps. And, Gradkowski didn’t cost a dime. If it’s all about winning…
    RMR let it go. Grads is long gone. Talk about this team. The 53man roster an practice squad. All else is nill homie

  • Sullivan44

    I am talking about this team, Cain. The QB depth chart is awful. It’s non existent. There’s nobody backing up Campbell. That’s THIS team.

  • Method To My Madness

    Jhill….glad you on board…..Hendu at NT Seymour at UT….sad we pput Tonga on PS but he will be elevated just you watch….my MUP pick is still alive

  • armond

    3rd offense/defense and redzone offense/defense will be our doing or undoing this year. we also need jc to hit those money plays downfield this year. we have to be a better 3rd down team on both sides of the ball if we want to maximize our ability. i dont have a problem with our dbs. its that front 7 that better kick azz.

  • J Hill

    for 3 years ive said we need to get faster on the edges but yall screamed that 47 sacks bullsh!t.


    Go check on the grill mayne!!!!!!

    Don’t let those ribs burn.

  • priesttj

    I got nothing Jhill in fact I’m thin k ing about retiring from this blog altogether. Because the solid football talk gets no run in here it’s just all purse swingin, whining and crying and owner bashing.

    The solid football talk never gets a chance with all the fruitcakes interferring. I kind of enjoyed the late night crew but now they’re all gone.

    It’s just guys whining and crying all day when i don’t come in here I no longer miss it.

  • Priesttj Says:
    September 5th, 2011 at 12:54 pm
    DUCK you should’ve let them go all day until aftere practice we need to weed some of these crackpots out!!!

    what’s up with all the negative jargon
    you know as well as I that al Davis moves in mysterious ways.
    So it’s not inconceivably tru that hagan was still on the team

  • Tricky70390

    T-minus 1 week, 6 hours, 13 mins until code black is put into effect.

  • Method To My Madness

    Cain…MR is a liar and coward…notice he scared to address the B@uce….he knowws I ace all his bs……Grad’s play hurt us last year

  • Ok priest give me your assesment of the 53 man roster

  • Method To My Madness

    BHP why? Cuz we dont applaud every move? We wanna win…reece kelly groves and dhb shouldnt be starting

  • Sullivan44 Says:
    September 5th, 2011 at 12:58 pm
    I am talking about this team, Cain. The QB depth chart is awful. It’s non existent. There’s nobody backing up Campbell. That’s THIS team.
    boller an grads amount to about the same
    grads was cut in cinci so…

    Plus JCampbell seem to look over his shoulder at grads. An it showed in his play
    an comraderie of the team

  • Method To My Madness

    Priest we wanna wwin….not cheerlead every damn move that we know wont win game

  • Method To My Madness

    Camraderie of team? They wanted JC STARTING ALL ALONG!!

  • NoPassingZone

    Key to beating Denver Monday Night:

    Heavy doses of Bush & DMAC between the tackles. Do not give up on the run no matter how stout Denver’s Defense appears to be. Nobody can stop 4 Qtrs of Bush/Mcfadden. Our running game was the key factor in every game we won last year. The times we lost were when Cable flinched and abondoned the running game early when it was met with resistance.

    Denver, with Dumervil and Von Miller have the ouside pretty well locked down. We need to attack the soft underbelly, weakened by injuries.

    MESSAGE TO HUE: You live or die with our running game.

  • SnB offense defense specialteams

    I am going with Hue and Al on this. They want to win…so let’s roll.

    I just hope the standard of production is legit.

    Meaning, the very concept of “decoy” is anathema of the very concept of productin.

    The coaches believe DHB and Ford gives this team the best chance to win….let’s see how it plays out on the field…for the better.

    The Raiders at least deserve the chance to play a regular season game before you all toss them under the bus

  • morilla

    Hagan is a more talented receiver than anyone we have. He seems to be the definition of “professional wide receiver”. He catches anything thrown at him, knows how to use his body, runs precise routes and can make things happen after the catch. Who cares about 40 times, what did Timmy run? Hagan is a true possession receiver.

    Yeah, ford made some plays last year, albeit circus act plays that only happen once and awhile. The others were off of reverses, that is not a possession receiver. You need one of those on the field.

    But so what, let them play who they play and we can address the situation later.