Linebacker Napoleon Harris strained his right knee Monday morning and was helped off the field. Harris underwent an MRI examination later in the afternoon. Head coach Norv Turner said following the afternoon practice that the MRI revealed a torn lateral meniscus. Harris will have the knee scoped once again Tuesday and is slated to miss 3-6 weeks. Turner added that Harris is hopeful of returning for the Raiders regular season opener on September 12th at Pittsburgh.
Harris got hurt when he was blitzing, as he banged his knee in the process. After watching the film, Turner added Harris blitzed through a gap unblocked before making a cut as the knee turned awkwardly.
The loss of Harris, a third year man from Northwestern, is a serious blow to the defense. Harris is one defender the Raiders expect to have a big season under new coordinator Rob Ryan. Harris is one defender who does not come off the field in any defensive situation.
Dwayne Rudd and Danny Clark will fill in for Harris.
Still not set in Stone
Projected starting right guard Ron Stone, who has been nursing a calf injury, continued to miss practice. Turner had slated Monday as his return but trainer Rod Martin felt that Stone was not well enough to return to practice. Instead, he rode on the exercise bike.
So much for no contact
The hit of the day came in an 11-on-11 session when Justin Fargas caught a Kerry Collins pass in the right flat, only to get knocked to the ground by linebacker Sam Williams.
Quote of the Day
The booming voice of tight end Roland Williams could be heard while the team was stretching: "I might be big! I might be ugly! But I'm here!"
Pick them clean
Safety Ray Buchanan picked off two passes in the afternoon practice while Philip Buchanon added one.
Center Adam Treu returned to practice Monday after having missed the last few days with a shoulder injury. Treu did some additional jogging following the afternoon practice.