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


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


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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