Training Camp News & Notes from Friday

On Friday, the team held one afternoon practice session at their Napa, Calif. facilities. With the lack of depth at fullback, the team experiments with a noted defensive player at the position.

-Perhaps the biggest news of Friday was the decision to use rookie defensive end Lamarr Houston as a fullback during goal line situations. Said Head Coach Tom Cable, "we might do some of that around the goal line in short yardage situations."

The move isn't a new one for the 6-3, 305-lb. Houston. In high school, Houston was an excellent running back prospect and was initially recruited as one, before switching to defense while at Texas. Coach Cable went on to add, "We did some of that in minicamp, OTA, right from the get-go with him. He's had some history there."

Of course, Houston isn't the first defensive player to be moved to fullback. Earlier this week, rookie defensive end Alex Daniels made the move after Luke Lawton, Marcel Reese, and Manase Tonga went down with various (minor) injuries. Like Houston, Daniels also has experience as a running back.

-Wide receiver Chaz Schilens, who has already missed some time due to a sore left foot, went down for a brief moment today, after hauling in a nice pass from Jason Campbell, over the defending Chris Johnson. After moving to the sidelines and having the trainers take a look, Schilens shrugged it off as simply a stinger, and that it was nothing serious.

-On the injury front, Charlie Frye (wrist), Jacoby Ford (quad), Jonathan Holland (ankle), and fullbacks Luke Lawton (concussion) and Manase Tonga (knee) were out.

Richard Seymour, who sat out yesterday for rest, was unavailable once more, but this time, the reason given was for back spasms. Robert Gallery, who took a fall yesterday, sat out with a sore ankle.

-Visiting the Raiders' practice was Stanford Head Coach Jim Harbaugh. Harbaugh served as quarterback coach for the Raiders during the 2002-2003 season.

-Also at practice were league officials who came to discuss the different rule changes to the players.

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