Raiders Blog and Q&A

News, observations and reader questions about the Oakland Raiders

July 29, 2008
More from tonight's practice (other than Russell's elbow)

NAPA - In non-JaMarcus Russell related news:

*Referees were at practice tonight.

There were two defensive penalties. Linebacker Robert Thomas and defensive end Trevor Scott were called for being offsides. Tackles Kwame Harris, Cornell Green and tight end Darrell Strong were flagged for false starts.

All had to run a lap for their penalties. Green tried to delay his penalty but was eventually called out and heckled by Derrick Burgess for having to run.

*The Raiders worked on running offense from inside their own five-yard line with Rage Against the Machine playing as background music. That's where Green, Strong and Thomas picked up their penalties.

*Cornerback John Bowie (knee) did not practice after hurting his knee in the morning and is expected to miss tomorrow's practice.

*Greg Wesley (back spasms) remains out. Tight end John Madsen didn't practice after being hit by Jarrod Cooper after a catch this morning.

*Burgess was given a break after individual drills. So he spent practice commenting on everything he saw.

*Cornerback Michael Waddell has been on the wrong end of some spectacular catches during camp.

And when he does well, he isn't always having good luck.

He made a good play on a pass to bat the ball away from Todd Watkins. But the ball bounced off Waddell's hands into Watkin's hands.

*The team didn't wear shoulder pads tonight, but if the Raiders had, Cooper could put a couple of nice hits on receivers.

When he didn't go for an interception on a high pass, some teammates mockingly jeered.

Coop's response: "I don't catch the ball, I knock (people) out."

--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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