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The last thing the Oakland Raiders needed was another injury to the defensive line.

Tackle Rod Coleman, however, fractured the middle finger on his left hand on Monday morning. Coleman underwent an x-ray procedure for precautionary purposes. Coleman left the morning practice with the finger taped.

Coleman, however, is still able to play in spite of the injury.

Asomugha back in pads

            Cornerback Nnamdi Asomugha practiced in pads for the first time since injuring his shoulder and subsequently undergoing an MRI examination that turned up negative.

            "He seemed to be OK," Callahan said. "I didn't really get a good look at it."

            Asomugha had been practicing in a limited capacity until Sunday. He did not play in Oakland's 7-6 win over St. Louis but could play Thursday at San Francisco.

            "It went all right today," Asomugha said. "My main thing was getting back and knowing what I was doing. I think I'll get some snaps. I don't know how much but I want to play a little bit. It was killing me to watch the last game and not play."

 Curry impressing the coach

            Wide receiver Ronald Curry continues to impress Callahan. The Raiders drafted Curry last season as a quarterback from North Carolina in the seventh round.

Curry played in one game last season but spent most of the year on the practice squad. The Raiders have tried Curry at a few different positions but he seems most natural as a receiver.

"So far so good," Callahan said. "Everything I see is on a positive note. He continues to get better and push for a roster spot. When you think he's not there, he shows up coming across the middle making an acrobatic catch. When you don't think he's there, he's blocking a defensive end. When you don't think he's there, he's out on the perimeter stalking a corner."


            Callahan added that the Raiders "backed down" TE Teyo Johnson (back) and RB Charlie Garner (knee). Both should be ready for Thursday's game against the 49ers. … Callahan added that he would make a decision Monday night whether the team would practice in pads Tuesday. … Recently fired University of Washington head football coach Rick Neuheisel was a guest at the afternoon practice.

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