The morning practice got rather intense at various times for the Oakland Raiders Friday.
The Raiders experimented with their short yardage package, which featured heavy hitting and intensity. There were a few instances of players jawing back and forth. In one case, however, things boiled over into the first skirmish of training camp, which opened last Friday.
Running back Tyrone Wheatley and backup linebacker Tim Johnson exchanged pleasantries before head coach Bill Callahan and defensive coordinator Chuck Bresnahan rushed to help break up the fracas.
"The respect for one another is big," Callahan said. "I think how you treat one another as teammates is huge as long as it's not done in a disrespectful way I can understand. It's training camp. It's football. It's not exactly Sunday school. I thought we had an outstanding practice today. I thought the physicality is what we wanted to get accomplished."
Johnson said he and Wheatley made up with each other.
"He's intense. I'm intense," Johnson said. "We clash sometimes but we love one another after that. It was real live action you got there but it wasn't planned. That's a no-no. That's why we had to stop it right there. I apologized. He apologized."
Martin helps prepare Oakland for Tennessee
Quarterback Tee Martin is known for doing one thing for the University of Tennessee that Peyton Manning could not – lead the Volunteers to a National Championship.
Martin, however, is helping the Raiders prepare for their season opening game on the road Sept. 7 against the Tennessee Titans by simulating mobile quarterback Steve McNair.
"He's going to be able to portray, for us, in our preparation throughout the preseason for Steve McNair," Callahan said. "Then, of course, you look within our own division you have Jake Plummer in Denver. We've talked a little about his versatility. He can make plays on the run. That's always been his strength but the great thing about Tee is that he continues to learn this system. I think he's really got a chance. I'm anxious to watch him in preseason."
C Barret Robbins practiced for the first time in pads Friday morning. … CB Nnamdi Asomugha returned in a limited capacity after sustaining a shoulder injury last week. … WR Corey Parchman was signed. … LB Bill Romanowski was held out of the morning practice with a sore right knee but returned in the afternoon. TE O.J. Santiago returned to practice after missing Thursday for personal reasons. … TEs Mondriel Fulcher (abdomen), Marcus Williams (personal, Roland Williams (knee), LB Donny Green (calf) and CB Clarence Love (ankle) are still out. … No. 3 QB Rick Mirer (Achilles) had been limited but got some reps Friday. … DT Junior Ioane sustained a sore knee Friday morning.
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