NAPA - Still no Lane Kiffin.
He stayed in the hospital Monday night with a viral infection and was having tests run today. Kiffin hopes to return soon, but no one know when "soon" is.
The infection didn't stop him from watching game tape Sunday night, but it has kept him out of the last two practices, including this morning's.
But he already has made an impression on the team. Even some of the coaches are talking like Kiffin.
Tight end Tony Stewart committed a false start during team session. If Kiffin were around, he would've yelled, "Get me a new tight end."
Someone did yell that: offensive coordinator Greg Knapp.
I don't know about you, but I'm looking forward to playing "Madden 08" today. I'm doing the honorable thing and working and not calling in sick or going home before the 7 p.m. practice to play the game.
Too bad Jarrod Cooper isn't here. Last year, Cooper said he benched Jerry Porter on "Madden 07" because Art Shell benched Porter in real life.
I wonder if Cooper would have signed Daunte Culpepper and cut JaMarcus Russell until he signed with the team.
The only way to see Russell with the Raiders is on the video game.
Josh McCown and Andrew Walter still are splitting first-team snaps while Daunte Culpepper catches up on the playbook.
Derrick Burgess looks healthy. He has one of the best first steps at defensive end in the NFL. If the Raiders could win more games, he'd get a lot more praise nationally.
- Jason Jones