RAIDERS OPEN WITH WALKTHROUGH
The Raiders held their first post-training camp practice on Monday, and they opted to keep it simple by making it a walkthrough.
Head Coach Tom Cable promised as much during his conference call with the media, but it was really no surprise considering his penchant for keeping practices simple and focused on the basics (which is funny, or distressing, since where the team struggled the most on Saturday against the 49ers was in its execution of football fundamentals—namely, tackling).
It also doesn't come as a surprise because Cable reiterated on Sunday that he feels it isn't absolutely necessary for the team to be in full pads and hitting for the tackling to improve.
ALL QUIET ON THE INJURY FRONT
Perhaps another reason why Cable sees it best to stick with the walkthrough style practices is the recent case of injuries that has befallen some of the team's marquee players.
On Sunday, Cable opened, as he usually does, with a "quick injury update."
However, on Monday, Cable refused to acknowledge any and all injuries, and instead, stated that, "we are going to adhere to the in-season injury policy, and we're not going to talk about injuries, or where anyone's at or what's going on with them."
Of course, this was in reference to a slew of injuries the coach laid out on Sunday, including Chaz Schilens' arthroscopic knee procedure and Michael Bush's supposed surgery for a fractured thumb. Cable relayed that Schilens will be out for "three to six weeks." Bush's phantom surgery was supposed to take place on Monday, but Cable did not acknowledge if it had actually happened.
CAMPBELL BACK IN ACTION
Speaking of injuries, perhaps the biggest scare Raider fans got on Saturday was when Jason Campbell went down on a blindside hit in the first half.
Cable laid on the ground for a few minutes before getting up and walking to the medical cart that took him off the field. That injury was reported as a stinger, but Cable also revealed that Campbell had injured his wrist on the series previous to the blindside hit.
Still, despite the stinger and the injured wrist, Campbell was back out on the field and performing in a few throwing drills.
Again, Cable refused to say much on Campbell's injuries and his status for Thursday's game against the Seahawks, but chances are, Campbell will not be available.
GRADKOWSKI TO BACKUP
No big surprise, but after his great debut on Saturday (14-22, 202 yds, 2 TDs), Bruce Gradkowski will be Jason Campbell's backup this season.
Said Cable, "I think he certainly went out there and proved he's the backup quarterback here."
Gradkowski is a class act, and although the competitor in him would probably like a shot at the starting role, he understands his situation and that Campbell wasn't brought in to compete, but to lead.
Still, it makes you wonder if Gradkowski were healthy this offseason, how much of a challenge would he have given Campbell? If anything, Gradkowski is a great leader in the locker room, and makes for a high quality backup quarterback.
HENDERSON ADMITS FAULT
In our Sunday assessment of the 49ers game, S&BI was particularly harsh on left tackle Mario Henderson.
Henderson was beaten badly by 49ers linebacker Travis LaBoy, who had a clear shot to Jason Campbell's blindside. It was that vicious hit that gave Campbell the stinger and took him out of the game.
"I take responsibility. That's my fault. The only thing I can do is get better," said Henderson. "Thank God the injury is minor."
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