Training Camp News & Notes from Thursday

On Thursday, the Raiders held their first "live" practice session, as players finally got their first taste of physical play. There are some minor injuries that are beginning to mount up, while one player goes down and has to be carted off the field.

-Thursday featured the first "live" session of practice the team has had. That is, unlike Wednesday, when defenders had to hold themselves up from completely bringing offensive players down, tackling was permitted. Of course, chop blocking and hits on the quarterback are still disallowed.

Reserve defensive end Jay Richardson spoke of the live action and how it adds a little more fun to the practice. "You've got to have some live time, plus you've got to have fun too. It gets the guys a little juiced up to get a chance to get out there and hit."

Head Coach Tom Cable was quick to point out that the team looked rusty in their tackling, and although contact won't be a constant at practice, it's definitely something the players have to get used to before their first preseason game.

"It looked like the first time we had been tackled or tackled anybody, but that's why we're doing it because it's obviously been since last January when we tackled anybody, so we've got work to do."

-The injuries are beginning to mount up for the Raiders, although most of them are not considered to be major. Reserve wide receiver Jonathan Holland had to be carted off the field after injuring his ankle during seven-on-seven drills. The severity of the injury is yet unknown. He was taken to have X-rays, and if the situation calls for it, an MRI might also be in line.

Darrius Heyward-Bey continues to sit out. He was given the day off yesterday to rest, but he also admitted that he hurt his shoulder after a collision with Michael Huff's helmet. It's not considered a serious injury, and coach Cable said that his young receiver is simply working out some of that soreness.

Other injuries or absences are as follows: QB Charlie Frye (wrist), WR Jacoby Ford (quad), WR Paul Hubbard (hamstring), FB Luke Lawton (headache), FB Marcel Reese (foot), FB Manase Tonga (knee), and CB Jeremy Ware (heel).

Richard Seymour also sat out, but it was just to give him some rest. Cornerback Chris Johnson, who is mired in a battle with Stanford Routt, was also limited to give him some rest.

-As mentioned yesterday, the fullbacks have taken quite a hit, and to compensate, the staff has moved defensive end Alex Daniels to the backfield. During one play, Daniels made his presence known after he put a big block on linebacker Trevor Scott. If anything, Daniels is making a case for himself to make the team's opening roster.

-There was one scary moment in practice after projected starting left guard Robert Gallery went down in a pile. He was slow to get up, and there was a momentary hush of silence as people watched, but Gallery eventually got up and assured everyone that he was good to go.

-Of course, the talk of training camp was the team's impromptu bowling trip last night in lieu of team meetings. For coach Cable, it was an opportunity for the team to have some fun as a team amidst the strain and grind of training camp.

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