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August 17, 2009
Garcia shows up for work

Oh yeah, there was some other news emanating from Silver and Blackdom on Monday. Jeff Garcia made good on his word to return to Raiders camp and was quickly inserted into the back-up quarterback slot and ran the No. 2 offense. Rust was apparent.

It was the 39-year-old's first practice in pads as he had not taken a snap in over two weeks due to what had been described as a strain in his right calf.

"It felt great," Garcia said after practice. "I felt as fresh as ever. I almost feel bad because I'm not aching now, and I'm not sore or tired. I'm fresh and ready to go and excited to be out there and I know a lot of guys have been battling every single day in camp and right now they're going through those feelings of wanting a little bit of a break. So it felt good for me to be out there and hopefully this is something that will continue."

Garcia said there is no lingering pain in his calf. In a column today (http://www.sacbee.com/sports/story/2114597.html?storylink=omni_popular), I wondered if there were more than physical issues going on with him. Such as a bruised ego, while wondering if he was promised more of a shot at the starting job until he got to camp. In any case, he acknowledged being frustrated in not participating.

"I want to show what I'm capable of to my teammates and show I have a strong work ethic and I'm excited about being here and I want to transfer my enthusiasm on to them and just go out and compete and practice," he said. "Unfortunately I wasn't able to do that for the first two weeks and that was really frustrating for me, but if there was ever a time for something like this to happen, it was probably the best time. Hopefully now, I can put this behind me and we can get prepared and get ready to hopefully play in some of these preseason games and earn a spot on this team."

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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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