Raiders Blog and Q&A

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October 4, 2007
McCown's pain worth a laugh

ALAMEDA – Josh McCown’s many injuries are now material for practice comedy.

The Raiders starting (at least that’s what I think Lane Kiffin would call him) quarterback was at practice without a walking boot on his left foot.

But he’s still limping.

As he walked to the field, Raiders trainer H. Rod Martin walked by and mocked McCown’s awkward walk.

So much for team support, I guess.

If it weren’t for the bye this week, Kiffin would probably list McCown as questionable to gain a competitive advantage.

But next week’s opponent is San Diego. Knowing Norv Turner is head coach of the Chargers, might be all the competitive advantage Kiffin needs.

Part of today’s practice music selection included “I Got 5 on It (remix)” by Oakland-based rappers The Luniz.

It was a song I loved back in high school, even though it’s an ode to buying marijuana.

And no, I didn’t and still don’t smoke marijuana.

It’s an interesting song for practice. With a player just returning from an NFL suspension for violating the league substance abuse policy, is that the song you really want to hear at practice? Just wondering.


Congratulations are in order for Raiders middle linebacker Kirk Morrison, who was named AFC Defensive Player of the Month.

Though lists Morrison as having 25 tackles, the Raiders credit Morrison with a team-high 35. He’s also tied for second in the NFL with three interceptions.

Morrison also has four passes defended and four tackles for loss.

One has to assume he edged teammate Thomas Howard for the honor. Howard also has three interceptions, one he returned for a touchdown.

Not bad for a couple of linebackers. One of them should make the Pro Bowl this season.

--Jason Jones

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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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