8/8 Raiders notebook

Oakland Raiders wide receiver Doug Gabriel's opportunity to earn more playing time at wide receiver might not hit a huge snag after all.

Gabriel, who is a backup receiver vying for the No. 1 kickoff return job, has a chance to work increasingly with the first unit with Jerry Porter shelved for a couple of weeks with a hamstring injury. In addition, Ronald Curry is still trying to work his way back to full-strength after sustaining a season-ending Achilles tendon injury last December.

Gabriel, however, still practiced Monday despite dislocating his index finger on Saturday. Gabriel practiced wearing a splint on his finger and was not limited in his participation.

"It's never a good time to get hurt but I know for a fact that I have to work," Gabriel said. "There's plenty of players who want that spot."

Back after an off day

The players and coaches were given Sunday as an off day – at least from the practice field. They hosted their friends and family at the facility in Napa, CA. Head coach Norv Turner, however, managed to get in a little film watching on Sunday of Saturday's scrimmage.

"We ran about 50 plays with a game-like atmosphere," Turner said. "We simulated a lot of situations and it was good preparation."

Ground Jordan

Normally, teams would not give their featured running back the 20-plus carries he might get during the regular season in a preseason game. Free agent signee Lamont Jordan, however, might be an exception.

Jordan had been a solid backup as a New York Jet to Curtis Martin. Turner, however, is not eager to use Saturday's exhibition game at San Francisco to see if Jordan can handle full-time duty.

"We don't really count carries, we count touches," Turner said. "By the third game we want to get a good feel. He's one of the best receiving backs I've ever seen."

Quick hits

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Center Adam Treu remained sidelined with a calf injury but did some agility work with bags during the afternoon practice.

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Renaldo Hill and Nnamdi Asomugha intercepted passes in Monday morning's practice.

Vince D'Adamo can be reached at vdad7@yahoo.com


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