Raiders Blog and Q&A

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October 24, 2008
(TV) star in the making

ALAMEDA - The Raiders have the perfect candidate for his own reality television show.

Cornell Green.

He's the Raiders' starting right tackle and easily among the team leaders in locker-room shenanigans.

Whether he's startling a reporter or jokingly explaining his life experiences, Green is always the source of a good laugh.

The laughs range from teammates asking him if he's a "sex symbol" as he strolls around shirtless, to his father-to-son-like chats with Mario Henderson and practice squad lineman Brandon Torrey.

Green passes along life lessons to Henderson and Torrey about how to navigate the social world of being a nondescript NFL offensive lineman, as they lean in and listen with grins on their faces.

If this blog had a parental discretion advisory, I'd gladly pass along some of those lessons. But I don't want to lose my job.

Coach Tom Cable jokingly chided Green this morning for bringing the unit down as he chatted with Robert Gallery and Jake Grove in the shade.

"He's bringing us down," Cable laughed as he saw their "Club Med" set up.

The cameras need to follow Green around. Trust me. It would be hilarious.

*DE Derrick Burgess (triceps) and LB Jon Alston (foot) were not practicing. Alston wasn't on the field while Burgess walked onto the field wearing workout clothes, but no helmet.

Both will be game-time decisions.

I would not be surprised to see Burgess play. Last year, coach Lane Kiffin made it sound as if Burgess had no chance of playing at San Diego and listed him as doubtful.

Burgess played in that game.

--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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