Raiders Blog and Q&A

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June 18, 2008
Walker on his way back to the Bay

ALAMEDA--Raiders receiver Javon Walker is due back at team headquarters sometime this evening to meet with team doctors after being injured during a robbery Monday morning in Las Vegas.

Raiders coach Lane Kiffin declined to give details of Walker's injuries, which were termed "significant" by the Las Vegas Police Department.

Kiffin wouldn't comment on the injuries until team doctors examined Walker. Kiffin spoke to Walker today.

"All I can give you is I spoke to him, he's doing well, and he's on a plane," Kiffin said. "He'll be on a plane this evening, back here. He'll be here this evening, and in the morning as well."

Kiffin did say the injuries, reported to be a mild concussion and fractured orbital bone shouldn't prevent Walker from participating in training camp. Players report July 25 in Napa.

"The information that I have at this point is he's going to be fine," Kiffin said. "Training camp won't even be an issue."

The Raiders conclude organized team activities tomorrow.

*Today's practice featured nice catches by rookie receiver Chaz Schilens and tight end Tony Stewart. Rookie WR/TE Marcel Reece was also active in the passing game.

*Among regulars not at today's practice were LBs Kirk Morrison and Thomas Howard and fullback Justin Griffith. No sign of CB DeAngelo Hall or DT Josh Shaw either. Safety Gibril Wilson was away tending to family matters.

*Jarrod Cooper was back on the field and moving well after tearing his ACL last season. He was also back in taunting form, daring WR Johnnie Lee Higgins to "make a play."

*Today's practice fight (well, several guys pulling two guys apart) featured WR Drew Carter and LB Jon Alston.

Alston flung Carter to the grass on an end around and Carter responded by jumping on Alston before several Raiders pulled them apart.

Separating the two looked more violent then the actual fighting portion.

*Kiffin expects injuries shouldn't prevent any player from missing the start of training camp. The team will monitor DT Tommy Kelly, however, and might limit him to one practice a day.

*Center Jake Grove is another player Kiffin said had benefited from new strength and conditioning coach Brad Roll's program. Grove had offseason knee surgery and will battle Chris Morris and John Wade for time.

*Kiffin continued to have praise for the progress of QB JaMarcus Russell:

"Right now he's just really working so hard off the field as well as on the field. The way that the team is responding to him as you talk to different players, their feelings about him, they're ready to get behind him and go."

Russell had a laugh when asked if he'd be getting in some rest before his first NFL training camp next month.

"You can only rest for so much," Russell said. "Let people tell I might get back up to 300 pounds."

*And finally, I know my Lakers were slapped around last night and many of you are happily gloating because you are Warrior or King fans.

It's all good. Enjoy the lottery.

--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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