Burgess all business as injury stalls start

The Raiders placed Derrick Burgess on the physically unable to perform list Friday along with running back Michael Bush. But Burgess could be back on the field soon, though without the fat new contract he was hoping for.

Burgess, a Pro Bowl pick in 2005 after setting a franchise record with 16 sacks, underwent hernia surgery earlier this month and was relegated to running and agility drills while the rest of the Raiders went through their first practice of training camp.

According to Burgess, he was born with the hernia but it had never bothered him until this offseason, necessitating the surgery.

"It just happened," Burgess said. "It just flared up on me while I was working out. We decided, the doctors decided, it‘s better to get it done, get it out of the way so it won‘t be no problem in the future."

Derrick Burgess said he expects to be able to rejoin workouts soon, encouraging news for the Raiders who weren't even sure their sack-leader would show up. After recording 27 sacks over the past two seasons, Burgess, who signed a five-year, $17.5 million contract with the Raiders in 2005, wants to renegotiate his deal.

So far that hasn't happened -- primarily because Oakland is needing any and all available money and salary cap space to sign rookies JaMarcus Russell and Zach Miller. Russell, the No. 1 overall pick in the draft, is reportedly seeking a deal worth $60 million or more.

Burgess shrugged off talk about his contract Friday and didn't seem too concerned that he hasn't got the deal he was hoping for.

"We all deserve a lot of things but it is what it is, man" Burgess said. "I'm here. I signed a contract here, I'm here to play for the Raiders. Hopefully they decide they want to give me a new contract, cool. If not, hey, it's a business, you gotta remember that. The only part I want everybody to understand, like I tell the young cats, always treat it like one. That's it."


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