Raiders return with eye on Dolphins

Oakland facing a Miami team that has not lost a September home game since 1993

The Raiders held their first full-scale practice since last week's postponement due to the terrorist attacks in New York and Washington, D.C., and turned their attention toward the Miami Dolphins as the NFL looked to resume its regular-season schedule. ‘'It's great to be getting back to work,'' said wide receiver Tim Brown. ‘'Everybody's pretty excited about it. We haven't worked in a week, it felt like, with hour practices. Now we've got pads on; it will be an adjustment. It's a good adjustment. I'm looking forward to it.'' The Raiders had been holding light workouts ever since the league decided to postpone the entire slate of last weekend's games. They turned the heat up Wednesday, however, in anticipation of playing a Miami team that stunned the NFL by beating the Tennessee Titans two weeks ago while knocking quarterback Steve McNair out of the game. The Dolphins have not lost a September home game since 1993, a run of 14 consecutive games. The Raiders, who had their home-opener against the Jets postponed last week, have won three straight road games in September. ‘'They like nothing more than to get a team down there in the heat and just kind of wear them out,'' said Oakland quarterback Rich Gannon of the Dolphins. ‘'We're aware of that and we'll do the best we can to prepare and have a good week of practice and hopefully go down there and have a good day.'' With word that the NFL had reached an agreement to bring back the regular officials for this weekend's games, the Raiders breathed a collective sigh of relief. Perhaps no other team in the league had as many beefs with the replacement refs as the Raiders did in their season-opening win over Kansas City. Wide receiver Tim Brown was the team's most vocal critic of the replacement officials following the win over the Chiefs. Brown was hit with a 15-yard unsportsmanlike conduct penalty after arguing a call that went against Oakland. After the game Brown, who had to be restrained by teammates after being flagged for the penalty, told reporters the referee had cursed at him. With the season set to resume this Sunday in Miami, Brown said he welcomed the regular referees back but said his concentration was elsewhere. ‘'I've got to go play football,'' Brown said. ‘'I can't worry about the referees. Hopefully I won't have any more incidents with the referees out there. As long as they speak good language, I guess we'll be OK. But I'm not going to worry about those guys man, I've got a lot more to worry about with the Dolphins.'' INJURY REPORT Right tackle Lincoln Kennedy, defensive tackle Roderick Coleman and safety Johnnie Harris were the only three players listed on the Raiders injury report Wednesday, but all three practiced. Kennedy is nursing a sore shoulder while Coleman had to sit out the season-opening win over Kansas City with a pectoral injury. Harris injured his hamstring against the Chiefs and had been limited in workouts last week. Gruden said he expected all three to play against the Dolphins. Coleman's return would be a big boost to Oakland's defensive line, which is already without the services of two-time Pro Bowl tackle Darrell Russell. Russell is serving a four-game suspension for violating the NFL's substance abuse policy and was set to return to the team following its Sept. 30 home game against Seattle. Instead he will make his return the day after Oakland's rescheduled home game against Dallas on Oct. 7. The game was switched from Oct. 21 in order to accommodate the Oakland A's if they should make it to the postseason playoffs.

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