Raiders Blog and Q&A

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September 26, 2007
McCown's not at practice

ALAMEDA – Josh McCown was not at practice for the portion open to the media, which means … nothing.

McCown wore a walking boot on his right foot last week and added an injury to his left foot against Cleveland.

Could someone alternating bad feet play quarterback in the NFL? He shouldn’t, especially with a Pro Bowl quarterback on the bench.

But McCown threw a touchdown pass on his bad feet.

And Lane Kiffin has shown injury or lack of practice aren’t reasons to sit McCown.

Before the Denver game Week 2, McCown practiced sporadically because of his foot and a hand injury the team said was not an issue.

Not having enough practice was a reason McCown didn’t play well in Denver, according to Kiffin.

So would Kiffin start McCown in Miami on Sunday?

Don’t be shocked if he does.

*Defensive end Derrick Burgess still is not practicing. The Raiders have been vague about the extent of his calf injury.

Burgess refuses to discuss injuries, referring the media to the trainer (who isn’t made available by the team) or the coach (who offers no details).

Fullback Oren O’Neal and linebacker Robert Thomas are still out with hamstring injuries.

Jeremy Newberry was on the field, but jogged off right before the team started stretching.

*Kiffin either has only one CD to simulate crowd noise or he’s a big T.I. fan. The Atlanta rapper’s “Big Things Poppin” was again one of the featured songs during stretching.

Metallica’s “Enter Sandman” and Chamillionaire’s “Hip Hop Police” were the other early selections.

*For the fashion inclined, Raiders on offense are now in black practice jerseys instead of white. The defenders are have switched to white from black.

--Jason Jones

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About Raiders Blog and Q&A

Matt Kawahara was born in Sacramento and attended McClatchy High School and UC Berkeley, where he wrote for the independent student paper The Daily Californian. He graduated from Cal in 2010 and started at The Sacramento Bee as a summer intern. He joined The Bee's sports staff in fall 2011.

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