Training camp roundup Aug. 9

Tom Cable isn't ready to announce his quarterback rotation for Thursday's preseason opener against Dallas, but with Jeff Garcia already out, it's safe to say the Raiders won't leave JaMarcus Russell out there long. Find out why and see what else is going on with S&BI's latest update.

Apologies to everyone for not being able to make it out to practice today. Personal issues kept me tied up all afternoon and away from Napa. Will be back up there in the heat on Monday, so with a big thanks to the beat writers covering the team for forwarding the transcripts from head coach Tom Cable and wide receivers coach Sanjay Lal, here's the latest on what's going on with the Raiders:

-- Cable said he hasn't yet figured out what the quarterback rotation will be for the preseason game with the Cowboys and probably will hold off announcing it for another day or two.

"Probably we'll do it Tuesday or something like that, in terms of setting all that stuff up," Cable said.

JaMarcus Russell will be the starter but how long he plays is uncertain. It's clear Russell needs the work and would benefit by additional exposure in game conditions but there's no reason to rush the process in a meaningless exhibition.

And with Jeff Garcia already out of the game with a strained left calf, Cable won't risk pushing Russell beyond a few series. That means Bruce Gradkowski and Charlie Frye will split the majority of playing time.

The Raiders haven't done much, if any game-planning for the game, which is the norm for teams in their first preseason game. Because Oakland plays Dallas in the regular season on Thanksgiving, Cable's squad will likely be even more vanilla in its approach.

"I think we just have to do what we do," Cable said. "You know, we have to play them down the road when it counts, so for us right now it's evaluating and seeing where we're at as a team."

-- Wide receivers Darrius Heyward-Bey and Johnnie Lee Higgins were added to the list of players not practicing. Heyward-Bey has a sore toe while Higgins sat out with tightness in his leg. Javon Walker, Robert Gallery, Mark Wilson, Garcia and Khalif Barnes were also out while Justin Fargas and John Bowie didn't finish practice.

Heyward-Bey, who missed many of the offseason workouts with a lingering hamstring problem, was rested out of precaution.

"Not serious at all," Cable said. "Just…let's be smart and not do something that may prolong anything."

-- Most of the practice stuck to the same script as in recent days, with work concentrated on the red zone, some blitzing, and third-down packages. The Raiders also worked with crowd noise for the first time since camp began.

-- Cable called the battle between Hiram Eugene and former first-round pick Michael Huff for one of the starting safety spots "a great competition."

-- The Raiders will practice once on Monday, in pads, then will hold its only two-a-day workouts before the preseason game against Dallas on Tuesday. There is also a two-a-day practice scheduled for Saturday.

-- Sanjay Lal credits Hall of Famer James Lofton for helping shape his first season as the Raiders wide receivers coach.

"What he did was he gave me confidence to stand up for what I believe as a coach," Lal said. "He and I really thought alike on a lot of subjects. It was nice for me to see, ‘Here is how I would handle it, this is how James will handle it.' And it reinforced a lot of my beliefs. Stand tough, don't back down. You're teaching them the right things. They will respond, maybe not at first. But if they trust you and you can show them one technique or one move than can help them, then they will listen to you."

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