Raiders camp summary (8-8): Getting thin at running back

August 8, 2012, 9:14 pm
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Summary -- After six straight padded practices, the Raiders went back to shorts and shells, as a reward, of sorts, on Wednesday. It was the first practice cornerback Ron Bartell could go full in, yet he was unable to hit. Still, after the scary scene Tuesday, when running back Mike Goodson was strapped to a gurney and taken away in an ambulance, it was probably a good idea. Especially since Goodson was released from Queen of the Valley Medical Center Tuesday night and back at the Napa Marriott. He was not seen at practice though, and with injuries starting to pile up, unheralded Lonyae Miller is the next logical candidate to get the lion's share of the carries. The Raiders have a day off now to heal up and start preparations for Monday night's exhibition opener against Dallas.Offensive play of the day -- Taking a quick slant pass from Carson Palmer, Jacoby Ford caught the perfect-placed ball in stride, just ahead of Bartell and was off to the races. Bartell had little chance or time to react.Defensive play of the day -- Linebacker Philip Wheeler flashed several times in pass coverage, none perhaps more than when he blanketed tight end Brandon Myers going up the middle and Wheeler picked off Palmer's pass. Palmer, though, threw an imaginary flag on the play. He believed Wheeler held Myers.Injury report -- Receivers Denarius Moore (hamstring) and Eddie McGee (hamstring) and running back Taiwan Jones (hamstring) worked on agility drills on the side at the start of practice while defensive end Jack Crawford (foot), linebacker Aaron Curry (knee) and defensive tackle Richard Seymour (knee) were mere observers. Punter Shane Lechler (left knee), placekicker Sebastian Janikowski (sick) and running back Mike Goodson (neck) were not seen.Notable -- The defense was a constant thorn in the offense's side on rollout plays. Maybe because they know it's coming, or maybe the offense is still gelling. But Lamarr Houston was consistently in the offensive backfield. Will opposing defenses figure it out as well? If so, beware, Carson Palmer.Quotable -- "What plays are you talking about? I don't even remember what plays you're talking about." -- cornerback Bartell, when asked about being beaten by speedy receiver Ford during practice.Eye on reps -- With Moore out with a sore hamstring, Ford has been running across from Darrius Heyward-Bey as the second first-team wideout. And with every passing snap, Ford seems to be developing a better chemistry with quarterback Carson Palmer.Extra work -- It's no mystery the Raiders are short on running backs with Taiwan Jones still nursing a tweaked hamstring and Goodson still recovering from the scary-looking neck injury he suffered on Tuesday so it's only natural that Miller pick up the slack carrying the ball. Plus, fullback Rashawn Jackson saw some time at tailback.Coaching moment -- Allen, on how relieved he was that Goodson's neck injury was not as serious as it looked: "Extremely. Extremely. We care about all of these guys. Nobody wants to see anybody get hurt especially something as serious as a neck injury. The fact that everything came back fine was obviously very relieving to all of us."Next practice -- The Raiders are off Thursday but return Friday with a 2:20 p.m. practice.

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