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July 31, 2008
Night practice with some firsts

NAPA - The Raiders practiced in full gear for the first time this training camp.

There was also the first fight of camp.

Yes, the evening practice was worth watching.

Players still weren't supposed to take each other down to the grass, but something about being fully geared up (instead of wearing shorts with the shoulder pads and helmets) added an extra notch of intensity.

Backup center Jesse Boone exchanged blows with defensive tackle Josh Shaw after one running play.

Shaw shoved Boone as he walked away from the pile so Boone went back and gave Shaw a shove and from there, the two started swinging.

As they were separated Boone lost his helmet. Then in WWE fashion, Shaw broke free from the players restraining him and jumped on Boone again and landed a few punches.

*QB JaMarcus Russell only threw three passes in the team session as the emphasis was on on running the ball when he was in. He completed one of the passes.

*We finally got to see if Michael Bush would lower his shoulders in goal line situations.

He did with a thunderous thud.

Bush collided with a pile of Raiders in black jerseys. It was easily the best collision of training camp.

Bush, however, couldn't move the pile of defenders out of the way to reach the end zone.

*S Jarrod Cooper landed a big hit on receiver Chris McFoy as he ran after a catch that sent McFoy into the air. Cooper showed up big in the run game during the team session, too.

*FB Oren O'Neal is a stud blocker in short-yardage. He will be fun to watch this season. He helped collapse the entire right edge for Justin Fargas on the goal line.

*CB Nnamdi Asomugha intercepted another pass. This time he picked off Marques Tuiasosopo as he threw to WR Johnathan Holland. Asomugha continues to have a solid camp.

*CB DeAngelo Hall nearly picked off Russell tonight. FS Michael Huff was also in position to make a play on the ball.

*Marcel Reece made his name in college as a receiver but he's playing fullback right now. He's shown good hands and made a touchdown catch on a good run fake. He faked left and flowed to the right to catch the pass from Tuiasosopo.

*Practice ended with the defense stuffing RB Darren McFadden on the goal line.

*Backup QB Andrew Walter was given the night off because of a sore arm. He is expected to practice tomorrow. DT Gerard Warren (thigh) will be evaluated in the morning.

*The Raiders Rookie Zone will be back this season. Chabot Space & Science Center and the Oakland Museum of California are new sponsors.

Field Turf will be used for the Rookie Zone now. It's located between sectiosn 234-235 and opens two hours before kickoff.

Click here for more information.

*The team will take Sunday off before it's joint practice with the 49ers on Monday.

--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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