Raider notes: Rookies get the barber treatment

One day after Andre Sommersell suffered the rookie hazing courtesy of the Oakland Raiders veterans, the rest of the draft class had encounters with the barber.

Stuart Schweigert, Carlos Francis, Johnnie Morant, and Courtney Anderson sported haircuts that featured shaved splotches of hair on various parts of the head. Robert Gallery hair that extents beyond his shoulders got spared. Instead, he his beard was half shaven and there were lines shaved from his eyebrows.

At least they did not suffer the same fate as Sommersell. On Tuesday, veteran Raiders howled laughing while they taped the rookie linebacker to a goal post after the morning practice. The incident involving Sommersell stemmed from the idea that he said he was beyond rookie initiation such as carrying bags, shoulder pads or singing in front of teammates.

In one of the biggest mismatches the Raiders can offer, defensive tackle Ted Washington dumped ice water and then talcum powder onto Sommersell. Washington is a mammoth 6-foot-5, 365 pounds. Sommersell is 6-2, 230 - and seems even smaller when taped to a goal post.

The rookie eventually freed himself 20 minutes later.

Johnson in hot water

Second year tight end Teyo Johnson continues to be miffed about sliding to fourth on the depth chart behind Doug Jolley, Roland Williams and Anderson. After Tuesday's practice, Johnson said his demotion stemmed from missing some voluntary workouts while traveling to China on behalf of Reebok and the NFL.

Raiders head coach Norv Turner was asked about Johnson's position on the depth chart one day after getting into a skirmish with linebacker Akbar Gbaja-Biamila.

"It's almost impossible to answer and I'm not avoiding it," Turner said. "We've got four good tight ends and we're going to play them through the preseason."

Johnson caught two passes for 55 yards in Saturday's 33-30 win over the San Francisco 49ers. Johnson, however, took a little luster off the performance by getting nailed for unsportsmanlike conduct for doing pushups over a defender. Turner was noticeably irate on the sidelines.

"I have never been in a situation we let a good player go," Turner said. "It's not where you start but where you finish."

Extra points

-- Defensive tackle Chris Cooper, Francis and running back Amos Zereoue continued to miss practice but did some agility work with bags.

-- Washington left the morning practice with a neck injury. It's not believed to be serious.


SB Report Top Stories