Raider notebook: Asomugha MRI negative

The Oakland Raiders received good news and bad news Saturday on cornerback Nnamdi Asomugha, one of their two first round draft picks.

First the bad news. Asomugha sustained a bruised left shoulder after delivering a hit on fellow rookie Doug Gabriel, a wide receiver drafted in the fifth round from South Florida. Asomugha, however, got the worst of it and left the field after the morning practice.

The good news was that Asomugha underwent an MRI and the test came out negative. Raiders head coach Bill Callahan said Asomugha would be held out of practice Sunday and is listed as "day-to-day."

Callahan not pleased with morning practice

Callahan had greater expectations Saturday and he did not hesitate in letting the team know it after the morning practice Saturday.

The Raiders donned the pads for the first time in training camp. Callahan chided the team for what he believed was below the team's standard. That speech included a few unprintable words.

"I thought we'd be a little hungrier," Callahan said. "It's the first day of pads and we're trying to get the kinks out. We're trying to get back into our rhythm of contact football. We really want to get quality work in. We have a lot of younger guys that have to step up. The nature of 10 padded practices is that every practice has to be quality. You have to come out of it feeling great about what you did. The challenge is never to lose a quality day."

Conventional wisdom might suggest that Callahan's outward demeanor is more staid than his predecessor, Jon Gruden, but wide receiver Jerry Rice begged to differ.

"That's nothing new there," Rice said. "I'm sure the tempo will be good tomorrow. We try to protect each other and all that but overall it was not a good practice. He did the right thing. He laid into everybody. I'm sure the tempo will pick up tomorrow."


The Raiders held cornerback Phillip Buchanon out Saturday because of a tender hamstring for precautionary purposes. … No. 3 quarterback Rick Mirer is still nursing a tender Achilles injury but did some throwing. … Tight end Marcus Williams and offensive lineman Joe Wong were held out of the afternoon practice. Williams was ill while Wong had back spasms. … Defensive tackle Dana Stubblefield is now donning jersey No. 94, the number he wore in previous stints with San Francisco and Washington. Tony Bryant, whom the Raiders released Thursday, wore that number while Stubblefield occupied No. 95. … Linebacker Travian Smith, who is on the nonfootball injury list (NFI) jogged during the afternoon practice.

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