Oakland Raiders Training Camp: News and Notes from Day 11
Stuart Kovacs – Aug 11, 2012
On Saturday morning, the Oakland Raiders participated in their eleventh day of training camp practice. Here are some news and notes from various reporters of the team.
In important news, Raiders’ CEO Amy Trask announced that the team’s game on Monday night against the Dallas Cowboys will be televised live. The team was unaware if this would happen after they failed to sell out the game.
During the practice, there were many notable names in attendance.
According to Steve Corkran’s Twitter page, former Raiders’ head coach Jon Gruden was in attendance preparing for Monday night’s broadcast.
In addition to Gruden, legendary Raiders’ head coach Tom Flores and former Raiders’ linebacker Bill Romanowksi were also in attendance, according to Vic Tafur’s Twitter page.
On the injury front, tight end Brandon Myers missed Saturday’s practice with a shoulder injury that he sustained on Friday, according to Tafur.
After practice, head coach Dennis Allen said that tests on his shoulder came back negative and he would be a game-time decision for Monday’s game.
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 offensive lineman Zach Hurd (head) all missed practice once again, according to Damien.
On a positive note, defensive linemen Richard Seymour and Jack Crawford along with safety Tyvon Branch all returned to practice after missing time due to injuries, according to Corkran.
Wide receiver Darrius Heyward-Bey also practiced despite suffering an apparent knee injury during Friday’s session, according Corkran.
During the practice, there appeared to be two serious knee injuries to players who are attempting to make the team.
Linebacker Mario Kurn was carried off the field with a right knee injury, Damien observed. The rookie out of San Diego State would be helped to the locker room but was walking with a limp.
Wide receiver Duke Calhoun also suffered a right knee injury that looked to be serious. Tafur said that his knee gave out on him when he was making a cut.
After the practice, Allen said that the injuries to these two players “look to be significant.” Both players will have MRIs.
The Raiders used Saturday’s practice without pads to work on late game management.
According to Corkran, the team participated in both clock eating and hurry up offense drills. He observed that the offense was extremely quick in terms of getting to the line and getting the ball snapped.
Also in practice, starting quarterback Carson Palmer made some great plays as well as a few bad ones.
The former Heisman Trophy winner showed his ability to throw while rolling out to his left, according to Damien. He made a bootleg throws to tight end David Ausberry and running back Darren McFadden, that resulted in a touchdown.
He would also go on to show that he is forming a reliable connection with tight end Richard Gordon, according to Damien. He earlier made a nice throw to the former Miami Hurricane over the middle of the field resulting in a long gain.
On the negative side, however, Palmer had a few overthrows of wide receiver Juron Criner as well as a throw behind wide receiver Rod Streater, Damien observed.
Third-team quarterback Terrelle Pryor, who will receive substantial playing time on Monday night, had another up and down practice, according to Damien.
The former Ohio State Buckeye nearly threw an interception to safety Aaron Henry early in the practice. At one point, he also held the football for too long resulting in a sack by linebacker Chad Kilgore.
However, he would atone for his mistakes by having a long touchdown pass to tight end Kyle Efaw over the middle of the field. He also improvised on one play where he had a nice tuck and run for a long gain.
Wide receiver Rod Streater, who was getting a lot of first-team reps, also had an up and down day, according to Damien.
The rookie out of Temple dropped two consecutive passes that were thrown right at his hands. However, he would make up for it by having a nice sliding catch in the middle of the field.
Wide receiver DeAundre Muhammad and tight end David Ausberry had long touchdown receptions during the practice, Damien observed.
On defense, cornerbacks Shawntae Spencer and Bryan McCann showed nice flashes of coverage, according to Corkran. This is good news for Raiders’ fans especially with the early struggles for Spencer.
Defensive lineman David Tollefson also stood out when he batted down a Palmer pass at the line of scrimmage, according to Corkran.
After practice, Allen made it known that he will greatly value the team’s game Monday night against the Cowboys as well as the rest of the preseason games.
“The games don’t count, but they matter.”
This was the Raiders’ last full practice before the team plays on Monday night.
Raider Nation Times will continue to monitor the team’s progress throughout the entire training camp period.
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