ALAMEDA – Checking in with observations from the portion of practice open to the media.
*Josh McCown limped out to practice around 11:30 a.m., as the team was in the middle of special teams work. He’s wearing a walking boot on his left foot and walking gingerly on his right foot.
If he’s walking like that today, I can’t see how he plays on Sunday. Two days of no practice should mean Daunte Culpepper starts in Miami.
But will Lane Kiffin admit that. We'll have to wait and see.
*Derrick Burgess (calf) was chatting with Al Davis near the entrance to the team locker room, but wasn’t practicing. The Pro Bowl defensive end has been out since the fourth quarter of the Raiders’ Week 2 loss at Denver.
*Reserve linebacker and special teams standout Robert Thomas (hamstring) was back at practice.
*Lane Kiffin seems to have wrestled control of the music from the players at least for today. Aerosmith and Guns N’ Roses played during stretching.
I had to ask for help identifying those bands.
Kiffin has a thing for rock bands that hit it big in the 1980s with long hair.
Around the time Kiffin was rocking to those bands, I was sneaking to hear N.W.A., Ice Cube, Eazy E, Ice-T or any other rapper based near my home in Long Beach that used profanity.
Don't kids always want to listen to what they shouldn't be listening too?