McMahan bit his tongue when he was hit, and the aftermath after he regained his senses is something he'll never forget -- as he'd like to.
"They didn't shoot me with anything," McMahan said. "They put a cotton swab with some Novocain on my tongue, and I felt every stitch. I felt the needle every time it touched me. I just kept thinking, `Hang in there, hang in there.'"
Porter has missed several practice sessions with a calf strain, but had back-to-back days where he made a handful of catches in team sessions -- including one 40-yard touchdown strike from Marques Tuiasosopo.
The top 2006 candidate appears to be wide receiver Will Buchanon, who was lost in a sea of talent at USC but has lit up the Raiders training camp. He caught four passes for 50 yards in the pre-season opener against Philadelphia.
Buchanon had four career catches for 15 yards at Southern Cal, shuttling between wide receiver and cornerback.
"At USC I had my doubts (about the NFL) because I wasn't playing as much as I wanted," Buchanon said. "It's hard to keep your confidence up. But I always knew I could perform. I'm thankful for the chance to show the world what Will Buchanon can do."
Buchanon is the son of Willie Buchanon, a three-time Pro Bowl cornerback with Green Bay and San Diego.
Burgess led the NFL with 16 last season - a team record. It was the first time a Raider led the league in sacks. But Burgess, signed as a free agent from Philadelphia, said he isn't entering 2006 with Gastineau on his mind.
"I'm not setting any standard as far as sacks," Burgess said. "I'm just going to come out here and work hard and try to work a little harder than I did last year. Hopefully it turns out better."
He addressed the Raiders coming game in Minnesota, and talked about meeting the Hall of Fame class which included John Madden.
He admitted to freezing when it came time to speak with Sara White, the widow of defensive end Reggie White.
"I didn't know what to say," Moss said. "I didn't want to say the wrong thing. I didn't want to say nothing that she thought might have been bad, or got my tongue stuck. I wanted to hug her, wave at her, I didn't know what to do, so I just left her alone."
Washington has been a standout since camp opened, making big plays on almost a daily basis.
"Last year I never felt like I got my legs under me," Washington said. "It was an uphill battle, and you've pretty much got to get up that hill."
Coach Art Shell said he believes Washington can be one of the NFL's elite corners, and that his first interception in a game was a start.
"He knows now that he can do that," Shell said. "He can go pick off a pass and return it for big yardage. I think he said last year he probably wouldn't have taken the chance to try and get to a ball. This year he's willing to do that, understanding that if you take the proper angles you can get interceptions."