Aug. 22, 2011GUTIERREZ ARCHIVE
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CSNCalifornia.comPractice No. 19Summary: News, news and more news. The day began with the Raiders selecting disgraced Ohio State quarterback Terrelle Pryor in the third round of the NFL's supplemental draft.
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It continued with several familiar, if injured faces (in one case, literally) practicing again. Continued with the starting quarterback, who took a knee to the helmet on Saturday, sitting out practice as a precaution. Went on with the future of the Raiders' annual exhibition game against the 49ers in serious jeopardy after last weekend's violence at Candlestick Park. And ended with coach Hue Jackson saying Pryor would be a quarterback. At least, to begin his NFL career. Oh yeah, the Raiders took to the field in helmets and shoulder pads and worked on two-minute drill offense as well as red-zone offense. Coaches seemed especially on edge. As they should be after the showing against the 49ers.Injury report: Even with some notable players returning to practice, 16 players sat out practice with various "nicks," including quarterback Jason Campbell (concussion-like symptoms) receivers Louis Murphy (hamstringgroin), Chaz Schilens (sprained right knee) and Shawn Bayes, tight ends Kevin Boss (left knee sprain) and David Ausberry, fullback James McCluskey, offensive linemen Stephon Heyer (strained right triceps), Lou Eliades and Alan Pelc, defensive backs Hiram Eugene (dislocated left hip), Chris Johnson (oil change, yes, he said oil change), Mike Mitchell (left knee) and Zac Etheridge (knee) and defensive lineman John Henderson. Offensive lineman Daniel Loper and cornerback Walter McFadden, however, both missed practice due to the births of their respective children.Offensive play of the day: It was a simple pitch play to the right side but Darren McFadden made it look easy, and like a thing of beauty. He ran just as smooth as he did hard and galloped past the defense, barely breaking stride in nine-on-nine, non-contact drills.Defensive play of the day: With his speed in the open field, a quick slant to Jacoby Ford seems a sure thing. But not this time. Not with Michael Huff shadowing the diminutive Ford. Huff broke up the pass and several onlookers held their breath as Ford was getting in his first live work since suffering his broken left hand.Returning to work: The big news, of course, were the returns of running back Darren McFadden, who suffered a fractured lower left eye orbital on Aug. 3, and receiverreturner Jacoby Ford, who broke his left hand on July 30. Perhaps just as uplifting to the Raiders were rookie running back Taiwan Jones, who has been out since the first week of camp with a hamstring issue, and defensive end Trevor Scott, who suffered a torn ACL in his left knee at Pittsburgh last Nov. 21, joining the fray. "We got some of my toys back," said coach Hue Jackson. "I'm excited about that."Personnel report: Obviously, the seismic shift in Silver and Blackdom had to do with the Raiders that third-round draft pick to select Pryor in the NFL's supplemental draft. As soon as he signs, which his agent said would be very soon, the Raiders will have the maximum 90 names on their training camp roster. Per NFL rules, rosters have to be down to a max of 80 by 1 p.m. PT on Aug. 30, and then at 53 by 1 p.m. PT on Sept. 3. Flying under the radar over the weekend was former Raiders middle linebacker Ricky Brown signing with New England as a free agent.Rookie report: OK, so technically only one of these guys is a rookie, receiver Eddie McGee. But he showed some fire in his lighting-quick fight with second-year cornerback Joe Porter on a side field during unit drills. It was over as fast as it started.Quotable: "This young man is a quarterback. That's where we're going to start and we'll go from there." -- Raiders coach Hue Jackson on Terrelle PryorNext practice: Tuesday, 3:30 p.m.
Aug. 22, 2011GUTIERREZ ARCHIVE