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Oakland Raiders head coach Bill Callahan has been noted for lightening the team's workload and that will especially be the case for the remainder of the weekend.

The Raiders had just one practice Saturday morning and will return Sunday afternoon as opposed to having the two-a-day sessions.

"You've got to manage on a daily basis," Callahan said. "I don't think you can say, ‘This is a day we schedule in pads when we did the schedule back in April.' I didn't say to myself that we're going to do this no matter what. You have to be adaptable with your team."

Everything is a situation

            The Raiders turned a lot of focus Saturday morning to situational offense. Oakland worked on the its offense being backed up in the shadow of its goalposts along with running out the clock, otherwise known as the ‘four minute' offense.

            "We really wanted to focus on some special categories and situational offense," Callahan said. "We wanted to use this time today to constructively review those areas. We concentrated on the ‘coming out' offense, the ‘four minute' offense, backed up. We gave to players a lot of situations to compete in."

Quip of the day

            While Saturday's practice was not a padded one, it didn't stop right tackle Lincoln Kennedy, a 12th year veteran from Washington, from throwing in a quip at fellow Husky alum Marques Tuiasosopo.

            Tuiasosopo ran to the left on a bootleg and tried to put a move on rookie defensive end Sam Williams, who had Tuiasosopo shadowed perfectly.

            Kennedy chimed in: "What kind of move is that? Where did you go to school?"

 Hair and gone

          The rookies that had only partially shaven heads decided to start over.

Defensive end Tyler Brayton, defensive end Sam Williams, running back Justin Fargas, offensive lineman Dustin Rykert, wide receiver Ryan Hoag and linebacker David Moretti are now sporting fully shaved domes after having only parts of their heads buzzed.

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