Random notes from Thursday's practice:

The Raiders are trying to figure out an answer for their running game. Also, they are trying to figure out an answer for the continual TV blackouts.Here are the notes from Practice on Thursday:

* The Raiders asked for and received a 24-hour extension from the NFL offices in hopes of avoiding what would be the 55th local television blackout since the team relocated to Oakland in 1995. As of Wednesday a team spokesman said some 10,000 seats remained available. League rules require games to be officially sold out 72 hours in advance of kickoff in order to avoid being blacked out in local markets. The Raiders did not meet the requirement and thus asked for the extension.

* Left guard Langston Walker said his injured rib cage was doing fine and expects to start Sunday against San Diego. Turner echoed the player's optimism.

''He did good,'' Turner said. ''He made it through practice. He did fine.''

* Wide receiver Ronald Curry remains on the team's 53-man roster even though Turner said Thursday it's ''inevitable'' Curry will land on injured reserve.

* Center Jake Grove, hopeful of playing against San Diego less than two weeks after having arthroscopic surgery on his right knee, did not practice and is still listed as doubtful on Oakland's injury report.

* Rookie punt returner Chris Carr is being asked by the Raiders coaching staff to cut back his aggressiveness just a bit. Carr had yet to fair catch a single punt through Oakland's first four games and has fumbled twice, one against Kansas City that proved critical in a six-point loss to the Chiefs.

''He is fearless and he's working on continuing to make good decisions,'' Turner said. ''The one thing I don't forget but a lot of people forget, once a guy plays a couple games they forget that he is a rookie and that he hasn't played much and the rules are different in college. They do have that halo where you can catch it and he's really never ever had to fair catch. We put him in situations every day where we're forcing him to fair catch, forcing him to make decisions. When it's a difficult situation I want to see him fair catch the ball.''

* Keep an eye on running back DeJuan Green. Green is currently on Oakland's practice squad but could be a candidate to be elevated to the 53-man roster if the Raiders' running game doesn't pick up the pace. Justin Fargas' history of injuries coupled with a slow start by LaMont Jordan could open the door for Green, who was having an outstanding training camp before a severe ankle sprain sidelined him for most of the preseason.

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