Aug. 8, 2011GUTIERREZ ARCHIVE
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CSNCalifornia.comPractice No. 10Summary: Coach Hue Jackson lost a bet with running back Michael Bennett and had to wear some garish "highlighter yellow" Nike hightops on the field, though neither party would say exactly what the bet was. Still, it was easy to keep track of the energetic rookie coach as he bounded around. It was also easy to see running back Darren McFadden and his fractured eye orbital running on a side field with Jacoby Ford and his broken left hand before Sebastian Janikowski started booming 60-yard field goals. Denarius Moore showed he was indeed human, dropping a pass, before hauling in a long bomb for a touchdown. The hardest hit of the day came courtesy of linebacker Chris Francis, who blasted running back Michael Bush coming through the line of scrimmage.Injury report: Fourteen players sat out practice with various "nicks," receivers Jacoby Ford (broken left hand), Louis Murphy, Eddie McGhee and Derrick Jones (Achilles'), fullback James McCluskey, tailbacks Taiwan Jones (hamstring) and Darren McFadden (fractured eye socket), offensive linemen Bruce Campbell (knee), Lou Eiliades and Alan Pelc, defensive backs Chimdi Chekwa (shoulder), Mike Mitchell and Joe Porter and defensive lineman Trevor Scott (knee).Returning to work: Darrius Heyward-Bey, slowed since the first day of camp with an undisclosed malady, participated in 11-on-11 team sessions for the first time. He had two nice catches in traffic, looked bad in dropping one slant pass that bounced off his shoulder pads and had a ball poked away from behind. All in a day's work for the highly-scrutinized third-year receiver.RELATED: Q & A with CB coach Rod Woodson
Eye on reps: Rookie Stefen Wisniewski and fifth-year veteran Samson Satele continued to split time at center, with Li'l Wiz moving to left guard in place of Daniel Loper when Satele came in to hike the ball.Coaching moment: After Darrius Heyward-Bey beat Chris Johnson on that perfectly-timed crossing pattern for a big pickup and Johnson poked the ball away from DHB and it rolled out of bounds, offensive coordinator Al Saunders got in his receiver's earhole. As he should have. Then, Saunders congratulated Johnson for a heads-up play, with a hearty smack on the posterior.Rookie report: Ah, yes, the rite of passage known as rookie hazing. Following practice, undrafted free agent cornerback Sterling Moore was taped to the north end zone goal post and, well, watered down by several veteran teammates. "I was a good sport during hazing today," Moore Tweeted immediately afterward. "Just had to Chalk it up to the game and get a rookie when I'm a vet."Notable: Brawls are as much a part of training camp as are cool baths and hot tubs. Alas, there was nary a nasty word spoken a day after the Raiders had the day off. The closest they came to throwing hands on Monday was when defensive end Jarvis Moss and tight end Brandon Myers pushed and shoved before Myers walked away, leaving an incredulous Moss shaking his head and itching for more.Quotable: "Stanford is a work in progress. He has natural gifts. It's up to him to cultivate those gift." - Raiders first-year cornerbacks coach and Hall of Famer Rod Woodson on cornerback Stanford Routt.Next practice: Tuesday, 3:30 p.m.
Aug. 8, 2011GUTIERREZ ARCHIVE