Training Camp News & Notes from Sunday

On Sunday, the Raiders new quarterback Colt Brennan makes his debut in live action. Also, the Raiders make a few roster moves, including the release of one player and a position switch of another. The team prepares for its first preseason game against the Dallas Cowboys on Thursday.

-New quarterback Colt Brennan, who spent much of the Saturday afternoon session with passing game coordinator Ted Tollner, got some time behind center in practice today, completing four of six passes in what is to be considered an abbreviated introduction to the Raiders' offense.

At first, it didn't look like Brennan would get any live action. He spent most of his time working with quarterbacks coach Paul Hackett.

With Bruce Gradkowski (groin) and Charlie Frye (wrist) out with injuries, the Raiders were left with Jason Campbell and Kyle Boller. The team plays its first preseason game this Thursday against the Dallas Cowboys, and in order to avoid any extensive playing time (and opportunities for injury) to starter Jason Campbell, Brennan was brought in to shore up the depth chart.

Said Head Coach Tom Cable on the addition of Brennan, "In case both those (Gradkowski and Frye) are still out by the time we leave Wednesday, it will give us a chance to finish the game up with him." -With the addition of Brennan, the Raiders announced that they have waived wide receiver Jonathan Holland. It's an interesting situation as Holland is currently injured with a high ankle sprain, and hasn't been available for the past few practices.

Because he was injured at the time of his release, the Raiders will be responsible for Holland's rehab until he is healthy enough to sign with another team, which includes resigning with the Raiders.

-It's interesting to note that former starting linebacker Thomas Howard was nearly nonexistent at practice today. Other than performing drills with his teammates, Howard, who was replaced as a starter last season by Trevor Scott, did not even participate with the second team while practicing the nickel package.

It might be simply a matter of getting the new guys involved, but for Howard, it's a long way from once being one of the more sure bets on defense. Of course, if the Raiders do decide to deal Howard, he still has plenty of value as one of the faster linebackers in the league.

-In other roster news, undrafted rookie free agent Alex Daniels, who has been used as a situational fullback for the past few practices, has permanently moved to the spot from defensive end. With the move, Daniels also changed his jersey number from 71 to 39. Thus far, Daniels has been impressive as a physical blocker and for his penchant to get under the skin of his teammates on defense.

-Rookie wide receiver returned to practice from a quad injury, but was limited to a few drills.

Fullback Luke Lawton is still out while he recovers from a concussion. Reserve defensive end Jay Richardson sat out with a sore knee.

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