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August 13, 2008
Hall's hand still being checked out

NAPA - DeAngelo Hall will have his injured right hand looked at again Raiders coach Lane Kiffin said after this morning's practice.

According to Kiffin, to all that's known is there is a bruise and a "possible" sprain. Kiffin said there is nothing that says there is broken bone in the hand, even thought that's what Hall said.

Hall hurt the hand prior to last Friday's exhibition game during a practice and it's bothered him since.

"Well this is actually the third opinion," Hall said. "The second opinion was the team's idea. I still hadn't heard much from that. Somebody asked me, 'How do you feel knowing it's not broken?' That was the first time I've heard that. I guess I feel good. I know something still hurts, though. We're just going to try to get down to the bottom of it. I still can't touch anything. I can't put my hand down. Still very painful. My main thing is even if it's broken, it doesn't mean anything. If I can go out there and play then I can go out there and play. If something hurts something hurts. I gotta try to get to the bottom of it. I didn't sign a one-year deal. I'm looking more for the long term rather than a quick fix."

Hall expressed concern over having to practice and play in exhibition games with the injury.

Kiffin spoke with Hall about that this morning.

"Lane sat down with me earlier today and told me he didn't want me to play in the game but I practiced so far up to this week so it's no biggie to go in there and get a couple snaps," Hall said. "Just depends on how it goes. Obviously we're trying to figure out what is wrong. Like I said, they're sending me to a third guy just to kind of figure it out."

Nnamdi Asomugha's X-rays showed no bone damage to his right foot that he hurt in practice.

"It hurts when I walk," he said. "It definitely hurts breaking on the football. I'll continue to be limited in whatever I'm doing but I don't think it's a big issue."

The Raiders are thin at cornerback right now so Hall and Asomugha are practicing when rest would probably be the best for both.

Backup Michael Waddell didn't practice and another backup, John Bowie, is still out.

"We don't have much depth," Asomugha said. "It's very evident, you can see that. So it's definitely something that we've got to push through right now. If we had more depth we'd be able to take a little more time off and let stuff heal but it's training camp. We don't have many other bodies so we've kind of got to play through everything right now."

Add Shane Lechler to the list of injured players. He hurt his quadriceps at the end of yesterday's practice and will miss a week to 10 days according to Kiffin.

The team is flying in a punter to tryout rather than have Aaron Elling, who is filling in for injured kicker Sebastian Janikowski, handle both jobs.

Kiffin, after being critical of Javon Walker much of the offseason noted the recevier has put together some good practices of late.

Kiffin added Walker appears to be in a good state of mind after telling the team he wanted to retire almost two weeks ago.

Walker agreed and it's shown in his play of late.

"Obviously if you can make it through the training camp the hard part is done," Walker said. "So it's kind of like why make it through training camp and stop now."

Walker said he weighs about 206 pounds after spending much of his career closer to 220 pounds.

Kiffin was critical of Walker's conditioning during offseason workouts.

LT Kwame Harris is nursing a sore right shoulder that he doesn't believe is serious.

If he doesn't play, someone who the coaching staff doesn't believe is ready for the responsibility would.

Super Mario (Henderson) would start for us on JaMarcus' backside and that'll be interesting versus ... (Kyle) Vanden Bosch."

Vanden Bosch is a Pro Bowl defensive end. Henderson is "a long ways away from being ready to play," Kiffin said.

LB Ricky Brown will start instead of Robert Thomas against Tennessee. C John Wade gets the nod over Jake Grove and WR Ronald Curry will start ahead of Drew Carter.

Curry and Brown both missed the exhibition opener against the 49ers.

Kiffin hopes to have those issues settled soon and go into next Saturday's game against Arizona with the starting lineup settled.

Johnnie Lee Higgins will return kickoffs and punts. Kiffin noted that setup works well for Chicago.

But Higgins is far from being Devin Hester.

Higgins is returning kicks while S Tyvon Branch wears a cast on his right arm.

Players out for the game are Lechler, Janikowsk (hamstring)i, Bowie (knee) and TE Darrell Strong (shoulder). Rookie WR Arman Shields (knee) is "likely" out according to Kiffin.

--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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