Frankly Speaking


Oakland Raiders starting left guard Frank Middleton is never at a loss for words. Here's some of his latest notebook saving quotes as the Raiders prepare for Sunday night's game at home against the Cincinnati Bengals:


On being listed as questionable on the injury report:

"That's my attitude sometimes. I don't know where that came from. I feel good though."


On how the questionable status came so suddenly:

"I knew I had a hangnail. You know how that hangnail gets into your toe."


But do you expect to play Sunday?

"I haven't missed a game in seven years and I'm not starting this week. O-Linemen don't have no choice. If I miss games, they're gonna cut me."


Did you practice Wednesday?

"I practiced. I got in a couple of plays. I didn't warm up in individuals. I was tired. naw, they wanted me to watch from the back. I do better when I watch. I'm a slow learner. I was pulling a Trace (Armstrong). I was being a player-coach."

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