Tuesday Training Camp Notes

Michael Huff's first day of professional training camp didn't exactly get off to the kind of start the Raiders' first-round draft pick expected. While the rest of his teammates went through the rigors of the opening workout, Huff sat alone in his hotel room waiting for the final details of his contract to be ironed out.

''I was bored in my room, wondering what everyone else was doing,'' Huff said. ''I wanted to be out here with the team.''

Huff didn't have to wait long. By the time Oakland was back on the field for the afternoon practice, the former Texas defensive back was in uniform and working out alongside the rest of the Raiders, a good sign for head coach Art Shell.

''He can go to work full-boat now,'' Shell said after the Raiders completed their first full day of camp. ''

Huff's absence from the morning workout was the result of a clerical issue, more than anything. On Monday, he and the Raiders reached agreement on a five-year deal worth $23 million -- including $15 million in guaranteed money. Huff expected to sign the deal late Monday night but the final contract was not sent to the NFL offices in New York until Tuesday, meaning Huff had to be held out of the morning practice.

''Just little stuff, dotting I's and crossing T's,'' Huff said. ''All the little stuff. Nothing big.''

Huff did not work out with Oakland's starting defense and instead spent most of the afternoon standing on the sidelines talking with coaches. Once the regular season begins, however, all indications are that the former Texas defensive back will be in the lineup.

''It felt good just to get out there,'' Huff said. ''Just to get out there and run around with the pads on.''

Wide receiver Jerry Porter was held out of the afternoon practice due to a strained calf muscle. Defensive back Stanford Routt did not take part in either session because of a ''throat sickness,'' according to Shell, who added the second-year player has lost five pounds as a result of the illness.

Tackle Robert Gallery worked out with a trainer while rehabbing from a strained quad muscle in his left leg. Gallery was placed on the physically unable to perform list Monday but was not notified of the move until he received a phone call from his father in Iowa.

''It's day to day, nothing to worry about,'' Gallery said. ''There's no use coming in at 90 percent or 80 percent or whatever it is I am and having it hurt all camp. It's better to sit out now than in the season.''

* Part of Shell's plans for the Raiders include having the team get back to the basics. That included having the offensive linemen practice recovering fumbles, a drill also employed by Oakland's linebackers and defensive line. That was something neither Norv Turner nor Bill Callahan's teams did. Not surprisingly, the Raiders were among the league's worst teams at generating turnovers last season.

The team has also instituted a 100-yard run penalty for anyone jumping offsides or getting called for a false start in practice. Twelve players were guilty Monday and ran.

* Veteran defensive back Tyrone Poole is getting work at the nickel back slot.

* Brad Badger, the starting right guard a year ago who has been displaced by rookie Paul McQuistan, split time at right tackle with Langston Walker.

* Quarterback Aaron Brooks threw one of his better passes of the day in the afternoon, only to have wide receiver Randy Moss bobble the ball. Second-year cornerback Fabian Washington trailed Moss and grabbed the loose ball out of the air. Earlier in practice, Moss beat Washington deep and hauled in a 40-yard TD pass from Brooks.

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