Raider notebook -- Stone still hurting

Projected starting right guard Ron Stone continued to be hobbled by a calf injury and missed practice once again Thursday.

First-year head coach Norv Turner said the Oakland Raiders are shooting for Monday as a possible return date. The Raiders signed Stone to a free agent contract from the San Francisco 49ers.

"I think he'll be able to go," Turner said. "We're being smart about it and safe with it. We want to make sure he doesn't have another setback. I like what (trainer) Rod (Martin) has done with guys. It's a little different for me. We've monitored the reps. We might go have the practice one day and three-quarters the next day. "

Stone played for Turner when he was the Dallas Cowboys offensive coordinator and has also played for the New York Giants.

"A lot of it (the system) is the same but he needs to be working," Turner said. "It's a process to get in shape to play."

The two-minute drill

Turner continued to vary how he utilizes the two-minute offense.

"The first time we do two-minute, we try to work the mechanics," Turner said. "We want to get them 8-10 plays. The next time we work, we tell them, if it's three and out, you're off the field. If it's one play and a touchdown, you're off the field."

The sawed off shotgun

The Raiders also continued to work on the shotgun formation, something never used under Jon Gruden or Bill Callahan.

"It's been outstanding," Turner said. "The quarterbacks love it. We've put a lot of pressure on (center) Jake (Grove) with all of the blitzes and different looks we have to see. We've had a couple of bad snaps but I think they're very comfortable with it. The thing I think that everyone will be surprised about is that there are some good runs out of the shotgun."

Quick hit

The Raiders formally released wide receiver Tim Brown and signed Quentin McCord.

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