Archive for August, 2009

JaMarcus Russell Named Raiders’ Week 1 Starting QB

August 24th, 2009 5 comments

JaMarcus Russell Will Start At QBAlas, journeyman and bay area native Jeff Garcia will start the season on the bench. While Garcia came to Oakland looking to challenge the Raiders 2007 1st overall pick JaMarcus Russell for the Raiders starting QB job, a calf strain has limited much of what Garcia could do on the field during this pre-season.

To quell any kind of QB controversy, head coach Tom Cable announced this Sunday that JaMarcus Russell will start week 1 against the San Diego Chargers. “At this point, he’s the quarterback of the Oakland Raiders,” Cable told reporters on Sunday.

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Schilens Breaks Foot, Heyward-Bey Continues Dropping Passes, Raiders Goto Receiver Uncertain

August 18th, 2009 1 comment

Raiders 2009 Wide ReceiversAfter a strong showing against the Dallas Cowboys in the Raiders pre-season opener, receiver Chaz Schilens suffered a broken bone in his left foot from Tuesday practice in the Raiders Napa training camp.

Already beginning to establish himself as the Raiders #1 receiver this year, Schilens broken foot will likely require 6-8 weeks of rest to heal.

While Javon Walker is still in his final week of recovery from an ankle injury that has kept him off the field since November 9, 2009, Walker is still at least a week away from returning to practice.

Allthewhile, Raiders number one pick Heyward-Bey continues to struggle in practice. Heyward-Bey dropped 3 more passes in practice on Tuesday. The young rookie who only made 42 receptions in his final year at Maryland has yet to establish himself in the Raiders passing game.

As one of the NFL’s poorest receiving cores ramps up for the 2009 season, the Raiders are finding themselves in a challenging uphill battle.

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Tom Cable Punches Defensive Assistant Randy Hanson In Practice

August 18th, 2009 2 comments

Raiders Coach Tom Cable Punches And Breaks Assistant Coaches JawAs if Bill Romanowski punching and breaking former teammate Marcus Williams in 2003 wasn’t enough to promote a never again policy for the Raiders. Sources leaked on Monday that Raiders head coach Tom Cable was reportedly behind an August 5 altercation at camp in which Cable reportedly punched and broke assistant defensive coach Randy Hanson’s jaw.

The incident occurred at the Raiders training camp in Napa, CA. While Hanson did not tell Napa Police who broke his jaw, reports that anonymous sources have claimed Cable was behind the matter. Cable himself more or less dodged the questions this Monday, August 17th, “It’s an internal issue. I’m not going to comment on that.”

As for what caused Cable to punch Hanson? No news or comments has arisen. Maybe Hanson deserved it. Until any official news comes out of either Cable, Hanson, or the Raiders – Just Win Baby.

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