Tempers flared during the afternoon practice of
Oakland Raiders training camp Sunday during 11-on-11
drills. Defensive tackle Josh Taves jumped offsides
and got a hand on center Barret Robbins' face mask.
The two exchanged a few pushes and shoves before the
coaches broke up the scuffle.
Callahan then ordered both parties off the practice
field. Robbins had what appeared to be blood on his
jersey and a bandage on his forehead.
"I'm going to have the opportunity to sit down with
both of them this evening," Callahan said. "I'm not
going to make any other comment. This is football."
Ex-Broncos react to Davis' retirement
Denver running back Terrell Davis' retirement
Saturday did not come as an enormous surprise to his
former Bronco teammates and current Raider linebacker
Bill Romanowski and cornerback Tory James.
Davis announced his retirement Saturday after
discovering a degenerative condition in his left knee.
Davis, who finished his career with 7,607 yards
rushing and 60 touchdowns, has been struggling with
knee injuries since 1999.
"The guy has struggled the last three seasons," said
Romanowski, who signed with Oakland after the 2001
season. "I think the emotional roller-coaster has
taken a toll, not only emotionally but physically he
just can't do it anymore."
Romanowski and James were teammates of Davis when
Denver won consecutive Super Bowls in 1997-1998. Davis
became the fourth running back in NFL history to rush
for over 2,000 yards in a single season.
"It still hasn't sunk in that he retired," said
James, who signed with the Raiders after the 1999
season. "Whatever he decides to do, I hope he's all
right. He's the best running back I've seen or played
with. The stuff he could do on the football field was
Added Callahan: "I was taken aback because of the
quality of player he is and person he is. What he
brought to the NFL from a playing standpoint is
incredible. I think the world of the guy."
Quote of the day
"He's the type of player than can go down as a rush
lineman. He brings a prescence on the blitz. In the
3-4, you can move him inside and outside. He's like a
joker in that sense."
Callahan on outside linebacker Travian Smith
NOTES-Cornerback Terrence Shaw (ill), right guard Mo
Collins (knee), wide receiver Matthew Hatchette
(shoulder), punter Shane Lechler (quad), defensive
tackle Mike Mohring (knee), defensive end Emil Ekiyor
(ankle) and safety Anthony Dorsett (foot) were held
out of practice. . Cornerback Brandon Jennings left
the morning practice early because of soreness but
returned for the afternoon session. . The Raiders
practiced in pads in the morning and shorts and
helmets in the afternoon.
Sunday training camp notebook
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