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December 12, 2008
Davis bounces back from fall

ALAMEDA - The Godfather of Raider football is doing fine.

Raiders owner Al Davis checked into a local hospital after the team returned from San Diego after he hit knee in a fall in San Diego and it became swollen.

Senior executive John Herrera said Davis is OK after having X-rays.

In fact, Davis might even come in for work today.

Davis will also be at Sunday's game against the New England Patriots.

*Fan voting for the Pro Bowl is over.

Shane Lechler won the fan vote to be the AFC's punter with 108,116 votes.

And in another example of why fan voting is weird, Champ Bailey led AFC cornerbacks with 283,155 votes.

Bailey has missed Denver's last six games due to injury.

It'll be up to coaches and players do what's right and make sure Nnamdi Asomugha is in this year's games.

Defensive end Kalimba Edwards asked Johnnie Lee Higgins if he had enough touchdowns on punt returns to make the Pro Bowl.

Higgins, who has two, said he might need a couple more.

If Higgins were to somehow Higgins, Asomugha and Lechler all made the Pro Bowl and the Raiders didn't win another game.

They'd have as many Pro Bowlers as wins.

*No announcement on the starting wide receivers this weekend. Chaz Schilens is healthy so he should reclaim his starting job from Ronald Curry, especially since interim head coach Tom Cable has said players don't lose their starting jobs because of injury.

*This week's futility stat of the week has nothing to do with the offense for a change.

Raider defensive ends have gone 13 quarters without a sack. Twelve of those quarters, Derrick Burgess has been back on the field.

The defensive line has one sack since Jay Richardson's safety Nov. 16 at Miami.

The reason? The guys up front just aren't winning one-on-one matchups.

*Quarterback JaMarcus Russell (ankle) and center Jake Grove (calf) practiced today and are probable. Linebacker Ricky Brown (groin) is doubtful.

*Rich Gannon was at practice today as he'll be the color analyst for Sunday's game.

Gannon has one of the team's more honest critics, drawing the ire of some. But as one current player put it, "You'll always get the truth from Rich."

--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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