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Training camp looms on horizon

Summer vacation is nearing an end for the Raiders, which means it’s time to get up to speed on what to expect in the coming days.
The Raiders report to training camp in nine days, though they don’t practice for the first time until July 25. The first two days will be spent checking in at the Napa Valley Marriott, getting acclimated and meeting with coaches before the whistle blows to signify the start of on-field work.
The Raiders won’t be in Napa long, however. They break camp Aug. 11, three days after their exhibition opener against the Minnesota Vikings and the day before they head to Oxnard for two days of joint practices with the Dallas Cowboys.
The Raiders return to Alameda on July 17, where they will resume practice in the run up to the start of the regular season. Of note, all the Raiders practices in Napa this year are from 3 p.m.-5:40. In the past, the Raiders practiced in the morning most days.
Therefore, most of the news will come in the early afternoon and into the evening. Jerry McDonald and I will be on hand to chronicle the events, be it on Twitter, Instagram, Tout, the blog or in the paper.
The Raiders are expected to have all of the 90 players on their roster on the field the first day of practice. Cornerback D.J. Hayden and defensive tackle Antonio Smith are the lone question marks.

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