Oakland Raiders Training Camp: News and Notes from Day 13
Stuart Kovacs – Aug 15, 2012
On Wednesday morning, the Oakland Raiders participated in their thirteenth day of training camp practice. Here are some news and notes from various reporters of the team.
After playing Monday night against the Dallas Cowboys, the Raiders will have a quick turnaround as they play the Arizona Cardinals on Friday night.
Due to the team having two games in a span of five days, Wednesday’s practice was without pads, according to Vic Tafur’s Twitter page.
The team also blasted crowd noise into the practice to prepare for its first appearance on the road, Tafur observed. The noise was reported to be tremendously loud and caused several mistakes during the session including a false start by offensive lineman Joe Barksdale.
According to College2Pro.com’s Twitter page, the Raiders worked out nose tackle Myles Wade today.
Wade, who attended Portland State University and previously played for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, stands at 6-foot-1 and weighs 310 pounds.
The team has yet to confirm a workout and no signing appears to be imminent.
On the injury front, running back Mike Goodson and wide receiver Eddie McGee returned to practice from their respective injuries, according to Steve Corkran’s Twitter page.
Goodson suffered a neck injury last week after a helmet to helmet hit from linebacker Phillip Wheeler. McGee has been nursing a pulled hamstring injury, an injury that numerous Raiders are attempting to recover from.
Starting center Stefen Wisniewski was held out of practice with the calf injury he sustained in Monday’s game, according to Tafur. Alex Parsons took his place as starting center.
Defensive lineman Jamie Cumbie (foot), offensive lineman Ed Wang (shoulder), and fullback Rashawn Jackson (hip) also missed practice with minor injuries. However, it is unlikley they will be able to play Friday.
Running back Taiwan Jones (hamstring), punter Shane Lechler (knee), linebacker Aaron Curry (knee), wide receiver Denarius Moore (hamstring), tight end Brandon Myers (shoulder)wide receiver Duke Calhoun (knee), linebacker Mario Kurn (knee), and offensive lineman Zach Hurd (head) all missed practice once again, according to Tafur.
Tafur observed that Jones was working hard with trainers and it appears he will return soon. However, it looks like Moore still has a ways to go in his quest to get back on the field.
After practice, Dennis Allen said that Lechler had an arthroscopic procedure done on his left knee during the offseason. He remains hopeful that the punter will return in time to play during the preseason.
According to Allen, Curry is still in Los Angeles receiving treatment on his knee. He is expected to return to the team sometime next week.
Allen also said that Calhoun and Kurn will both go on injured reserve at some point with their knee injuries.
During the practice there didn’t seem to be any significant injuries. This is good news as the Raiders have had more than their share of injuries thus far.
During Wednesday’s session, the offense spent a lot of time practicing plays in the red zone, according to Corkran. This was a result of the team not being able to score a single touchdown during Monday’s game.
During the practice, many wide receivers made an impact with nice catches.
Darrius Heyward-Bey had a nice reception from quarterback Carson Palmer on a post route where he beat cornerback Shawntae Spencer, Tafur observed. The former first-round pick also had a nice leaping catch on a pass thrown by Palmer, according to Corkran.
Jacoby Ford, who struggled as both a receiver a returner during Monday’s game, caught a touchdown pass from Palmer after beating safety Michael Huff, Corkran observed.
Rod Streater, who was extremely impressive against the Cowboys, caught a touchdown pass where he nicely shielded the defender from the ball, according to Corkran.
Juron Criner and Travionte Session both caught passes from backup quarterback Matt Leinart early in the session.
At tight end, Richard Gordon continued to receive first-team reps with the absence of Brandon Myers. After dropping a pass, the former Miami Hurricane caught a pass from Palmer that seemed to be out of his reach, Corkran observed.
In his first practice back from a neck injury, running back Mike Goodson looked “good to go” when he had a nice burst to the right, according to Corkran. The former Carolina Panther also saw some time as a kick returner.
Once again, third-string quarterback Terrelle Pryor had a poor throwing performance. Corkran observed the former Ohio State University star overthrowing wide receiver Thomas Mayo that resulted in an interception.
On the defensive side of the ball, there were both positive and negative plays for defensive backs.
Rookie Chaz Powell intercepted Pryor who overthrew his receiver, according to Corkran.
Corkran also observed cornerbacks Chimdi Chekwa and Ron Bartell having nice coverage on several occasions while Shawntae Spencer and Michael Huff each got beat deep.
Linebacker Phillip Wheeler also impressed when he blew up a running play. Corkran said that he believes the former Georgia Tech star is “the real deal.”
The Raiders resume practice tomorrow with an abbreviated session without pads.
This is in the team’s preparation for Friday’s game in Arizona against the Cardinals.
Raider Nation Times will continue to monitor the team’s progress throughout the entire training camp period.
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