Oakland Raiders Training Camp: News and Notes from Day 10
Stuart Kovacs – Aug 10, 2012
On Friday afternoon, the Oakland Raiders participated in their tenth day of training camp practice. Here are some news and notes from various reporters of the team.
The practices over the next few days will be critical as the team prepares for its first preseason game which occurs Monday night against the Dallas Cowboys.
This game was in the news today as Raiders’ CEO Amy Trask told reporters before practice that the game did not sell out, according to Paul Gutierrez’s Twitter page.
It will not be known until tomorrow whether or not the game will be televised live, played on tape delay, or blacked out completely.
On the injury front, safety Tyvon Branch missed practice because of back spasms, according to Levi Damien’s Twitter page.The injury doesn’t appear to be serious.
Kicker Sebastian Janikowski returned to the practice field after missing Wednesday’s session due to being sick.
Defensive lineman Richard Seymour (knee), running back Taiwan Jones (hamstring), punter Shane Lechler (knee), linebacker Aaron Curry (knee), wide receiver Denarius Moore (hamstring), wide receiver Eddie McGee (hamstring), running back Mike Goodson (neck), and defensive lineman Jack Crawford (foot) all missed practice once again, according to Damien.
Head coach Dennis Allen said that Curry is currently in Los Angeles seeing a specialist for his knee injury. He told the media that the linebacker is “not where we want him to be in rehab.”
During the practice, tight end Brandon Myers had to leave the field with a shoulder injury and get checked out by the trainers, according to Gutierrez. He sustained the injury after safety Mike Mitchell tackled him. Allen said that the injury may be one that is concerning especially with the lack of depth at the position.
Also, wide receiver Darrius Heyward-Bey (knee) and offensive lineman Zach Hurd (head) left practice with injuries, Gutierrez observed. The severity of these injuries is not yet known.
During practice, the offense appeared to be very sloppy. Damien believes that it may be a result of running back Lonyae Miller practicing with the first team.
Early in the session, Miller and quarterback Carson Palmer collided with each other on a handoff which resulted in a fumble.
The quarterback-center exchange also seemed to be a problem throughout the practice, according to Damien.
On two separate occasions, center Stefen Wisniewski snapped the ball low for Palmer during shotgun plays. However, Palmer was able to pick the ball up both times and complete passes.
After the practice was over, Damien observed Wisniewski staying after to work on his shotgun snaps.
Another issue for the offense during Friday’s practice was the continuous dropping of passes.
Fullbacks Owen Schmitt and Manase Tonga both dropped passes that were thrown right at their hands, according to Damien.
Quarterbacks Carson Palmer and Matt Leinart both made quite a few mistakes during the session.
Palmer threw an interception to safety Mike Mitchell early on, Damien observed. He would also go on to miss his intended target several times throughout the practice.
Leinart would throw an interception to linebacker Miles Burris, according to Damien. He also held onto the football for too long which led to a sack.
On the defensive side of the ball, there were several players who stood out for the plays they made.
In addition to his interception, Mitchell was able to have several nice plays when covering receivers, Damien observed.
Cornerback Shawntae Spencer nearly had an interception when covering Jacoby Ford. Damien observed him being step for step with the speedy wide receiver.
According to Vic Tafur’s Twitter page, linebacker Rolando McClain and defensive lineman David Tollefson both stood out.
McClain got his hands on the pass that was intercepted by Mitchell, according to Damien. He also stuffed running back Lonyae Miller behind the line of scrimmage.
Miles Burris, who had the interception of Leinart, also stood Miller up behind the line of scrimmage, Damien observed. In addition to McClain and Burris, Phillip Wheeler made several plays against the run.
Along the defensive line, Matt Shaughnessy, Tommy Kelly, and Lamarr Houston all got through the offensive line and into the backfield to make plays, according to Damien.
After practice, Allen reiterated that the players will not be told how much playing time they will receive during the team’s first preseason game against the Dallas Cowboys on Monday.
The Raiders will use the rest of the weekend to prepare for that matchup.
The team resumes practice on Saturday at 11:50 AM PST.
Raider Nation Times will continue to monitor the team’s progress throughout the entire training camp period.
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