Oakland Raiders Training Camp: News and Notes from Day 17
– Aug 22, 2012
On Wednesday morning, the Oakland Raiders participated in their seventeenth day of training camp practice. Here are some news and notes as well as what head coach Dennis Allen had to say afterwards.
Wednesday marks the second to last day that the Raiders will be practicing in Napa. After their game against the Detroit Lions on Saturday, they will practice in Alameda for the remainder of training camp.
On Wednesday, the media was once again limited to only viewing the first 30 minutes of practice as well as interviews afterwards.
On the injury front, backup quarterback Matt Leinart did not fully participate in Wednesday’s due to the cut he sustained on his right index finger during Friday’s game against the Arizona Cardinals according to Paul Gutierrez’s Twitter page.
Instead, the former Heisman Trophy winner was throwing off to the side. This was so that he wouldn’t have to take snaps or hand off the football in an effort to protect his finger.
“The biggest adjustment will be handoffs but we feel like we’ve got a splint that we put on there and it won’t be an issue.”
After practice, Allen said that Leinart would be ready to play on Saturday. However, it doesn’t mean that the team will send him out.
“He’s fine to play. Whether we play him or not, I don’t know the answer to that yet. That’ll be a game time decision.”
Terrelle Pryor took Leinart’s place as the second-team quarterback while rookie Kyle Newhall-Caballero out of Brown University received third-team reps.
In addition to Leinart, second-year tight end Richard Gordon also didn’t practice with a rib injury, according to Vic Tafur’s Twitter page.
During warm-ups, Gordon left the field with trainers and returned shortly after without a helmet or pads, according to Levi Damien’s Twitter page.
“Richard Gordon left practice a little early – he’s still got some sore ribs from the game the other day. Other than that, everything’s pretty much as it’s been.”
Defensive lineman Richard Seymour (day off), wide receiver Jacoby Ford (left foot),Linebacker Aaron Curry (knees), wide receiver Denarius Moore (hamstring), defensive lineman Jamie Cumbie (foot), offensive lineman Ed Wang (shoulder), offensive lineman Stefen Wisniewski (calf), fullback Rashawn Jackson (hip), and offensive lineman Zach Hurd (head) all missed practice once again with injuries, according to Gutierrez.
Seymour, who didn’t play in Friday’s game against the Cardinals, received the day off for the third consecutive practice.
After practice, Allen reiterated that Seymour is not injured. The team is working with the veteran as he deals with a little soreness in his knees resulting from him pushing himself hard early on in training camp. Seymour is expected to play on Saturday.
“Not an injury. Knees may be a little sore and we work together to get him days off. Guys only got so many shots in them.”
Ford, who sprained his left foot during Friday’s game. was still in a walking boot, according to Gutierrez.
Gutierrez observed both Jackson and Cumbie were working with trainers off to the side. This would suggest that both are likely to be back in action soon.
Center Stefen Wisniewski is making decent progress in terms of returning from his calf injury. However, the former Penn State star is not expected to play on Saturday.
“I wouldn’t expect to him to play this week, no.”
Allen suggests that because it’s only the preseason, the team isn’t going to push the second-year starter and risk further injury.
“If we were in the regular season, could he push through and play? Probably, maybe, I don’t know. But we’re not going to take that chance on a preseason game.”
When asked about the workout for defensive lineman Andre Carter, Allen didn’t indicate one way or the other if the Raiders were closing in on a deal with the former New England Patriot.
“It went alright. It went alright, and we got a good looksee, and we’ll see what we do from there.”
The Raiders will resume practice tomorrow morning as they prepare for their third preseason game against the Detroit Lions on Saturday. It will be closed to the media after the first 30 minutes, as will the remainder of training camp practices
Raider Nation Times will continue to monitor the team’s progress throughout the entire training camp period.
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