Training Camp News & Notes from Wednesday

The Raiders held their seventh day of training camp from their facilities in Napa, Calif. Louis Murphy finally made his return to the field, but several other players are banged up or are resting. S&BI brings you the news and notes from Wednesday's practice session.

-Making his return to practice after sitting out since Friday with a concussion was Louis Murphy. Said Murphy, "I'm feeling good today, glad to be out there, no headaches. "

Murphy showed little signs of rust as he was out there making plays during passing drills.

However, while Murphy made his return, the staff decided to sit second-year man Darrius Heyward-Bey. Coach Cable said it's of no alarm, however, as the staff just wanted to give him a day of rest.

Of course, there's been much talk of the offseason work Heyward-Bey has done to improve his route running and catching ability, and the results have definitely shown.

-The first real scuffle of practice went down today, and to no surprise, rookie defensive end Lamarr Houston was one of the parties involved. Houston, who has quickly developed a reputation for his emotional antics, got into it with tight end Brandon Myers, on a play where Houston took Myers to the ground and Myers took offense to the over aggressiveness.

Myers was without his helmet as the two went at each other, but teammates were quick to respond and break up the scuffle.

After practice, Houston was quick to excuse the incident as nothing more than emotions running high.

"It's just football. It happens. We're in practice and things get a little fiery."

Head Coach Tom Cable added, "You want to become as a team, but it's going to get hot, you're going to get sore and tired, and that's starting to kick in a little bit so tempers are going to flare. But at the end of the day, they're teammates, and they took care of that right afterward so that was good."

-One of the position battles to keep an eye out during camp will be at fullback, and the staff had some shuffling to do today, as the depth chart took a hit from some nicks and bruises.

Luke Lawton, who won't be available for the first two games of the season due to suspension, will be out for a few days as he follows protocol for a concussion. Undrafted rookie free agent Manase Tonga (knee) and do-it-all back Marcel Reese (foot) are also banged up.

In response, the staff moved undrafted rookie free agent Alex Daniels from defensive end to fullback. Daniels practiced with the running backs, got some work on his blocking, and even managed to catch a pass out of the backfield.

The move is not that foreign to Daniels, who played running back at Minnesota before transferring to Cincinnati and switching to defensive end.

Daniels was certainly spirited about the move, saying, "Whatever I can do to help the team win, that's what I'm going to do. If I got to pay fullback, if I got to play center, if I got to go get the water, then I'm going to do it. Commitment to excellence, that's what I want to do."

Daniels was further animated in describing his duties as a fullback, as his enthusiasm and strong desire to make the roster is apparent in his words.

"If I've got to block for McFadden, I'm going to block for McFadden. If I've got to block for Bush, I've got to block for Bush. If I've got to block for President Obama, if it's going to help the Raiders win, then that's what I've got to do."


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