Training camp roundup, Aug. 10

Robert Gallery practiced for the first time since training camp began but the big left guard isn't going to play in the Raiders' preseason opener this week. Find out why and see what else went down in Monday's practice in S&BI's latest Training Camp update.

Robert Gallery's first day of practice in training camp went about as expected. That is, the Raiders' left guard didn't do much extensive work and is still easing into his work routine after sitting out the first two weeks recovering from an appendectomy.

"Everything felt good. I did not do a whole lot, but you've got to start somewhere," Gallery said. "I just have to get in game shape. I am a little rusty with the timing and that stuff but I felt good."

Gallery had been working out on the side and doing cardio work through the early part of camp but donned gear for the first time Monday after surprising trainers with his progress.

According to head coach Tom Cable, the Raiders weren't expecting Gallery back on the field until Saturday.

"But we're obviously way ahead and he feels great and felt great today," Cable said. "I just talked to him right after (practice), no problems."

Still, it's doubtful the Raiders will rush Gallery into Thursday's preseason game against Dallas with only a handful of practices under his belt by then.

Instead, Chris Morris will likely get the start while Gallery rests.

"I guess and it happened at a good time so I just have to get back in and catch up to everybody else as far as my reps and my timing," Gallery said. "I feel good. I didn't take the beating the first two weeks these guys did so hopefully that will be to my advantage."

Other news and notes from Monday:

-- Wide receiver Darrius Heyward-Bey made several nice catches, including a one-handed grab on the sidelines in front of bewildered cornerback Jason Horton off a long pass from QB Charlie Frye.

"I thought maybe this was Darrius' best day in camp," Cable said. "(He) caught the ball well, caught everything, the underneath, the over the top, the big ball on the sideline, the one-handed catch. Those are well for his confidence. We want to keep that coming."

-- Rookie safety Mike Mitchell makes about one or two plays every camp where you can see his potential start to shine, but he's also making a name for himself as one of the Raiders more rowdier players.

Mitchell got into fight with rookie wide receiver Louis Murphy after Murphy blocked him during a running play. The two men exchanged several blows before Murphy's helmet came off. They continued to scrap as linebacker Kirk Morrison looked on, then both men landed on the ground where they went after each other more until finally being separated.

After the fight, Murphy was checked over by trainer H.Rod Martin then later spent several moments talking with Cable on the sidelines.

Mitchell later gave quarterback Bruce Gradkowski a hard shove near the sidelines after another play, and Gradkowski gave him a pretty good shove back.

"Them having little quarrels is good, remember that," Cable said. "This is football and they're men. If you have a brother you know that it's OK to settle some things once in a while."

-- Cable still hasn't announced his quarterback rotation for the game against the Cowboys but said the starters will likely play the entire first quarter.

-- Guard Chris Morris and tight end John Paul Foschi teamed up to bury Terdell Sands on one play, dropping the defensive tackle hard to the ground.

-- Sebastian Janikowski finally got some field goal kicking in. The veteran kicker made good on attempts from 38, 43 and 48 yards while backup punter Ricky Schmitt kicked and was good from 38 and 43 yards away.

-- Rookie Slade Norris took reps with the first defense at strongside linebacker but Cable cautioned not to read too much into it. Jon Alston, the normal starter there, sat out practice with a sore foot. -- Cornerback Nnamdi Asomugha made a nice play to step in front of a JaMarcus Russell pass intended for Darren McFadden and make the interception. Asomugha returned the pick some 50 yards, running well past the end zone.

-- At the end of practice, Cable gathered the team's rookies in a circle and held a brief discussion with them.

"That's for something else because we have little projects we do with them," Cable said, offering no further details.

-- Right tackle Cornell Green and right guard Cooper Carlisle were given a ‘veteran's day' off by Cable. Both will be back on the field Tuesday when the Raiders hold two practices.

-- Running back Justin Fargas (hip), Alston (foot) and defensive end Greg Ellis were newcomers to the injury report that also includes wide receiver Javon Walker (Knee), quarterback Jeff Garcia (hip), tackle Khalif Barnes (knee), guard Mark Wilson (back) and defensive back John Bowie (groin). Safety Michael Huff and wide receiver Jonathan Holland were limited with sore ribs and a sore knee, respectively.

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