Raiders Blog and Q&A

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August 31, 2009
No news on Nnamdi's wrist...yet

Coach Tom Cable said Monday there was still no update on Nnamdi Asomugha's chip fracture in his left wrist, though the cornerback was expected to visit a specialist Monday afternoon.

"We should have something tomorrow," Cable said. "Just want to make sure the chip is not displaced or anything like that."

Cable said Asomugha suffered the injury making a hit on the second play of the Raiders 45-7 loss Saturday to New Orleans.

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The final exhibition game is usually seen as the most useless of the preseason affairs. But with the wreckage of the Saints loss still smoldering in the background, Cable acknowledged he just might play some starters Thursday in Seattle. Just to get that bad taste out of their mouths and to (hopefully) sharpen their senses.

"That's the decision I'm going to go make this afternoon, this evening," Cable said. "Probably have an answer for you tomorrow."

JaMarcus Russell, for one, thinks he'll see the field.

"From my mind and kind of knowing how coach thinks a little bit, I think we'll go out there for a minute just to get a drive going or something accomplished, but he hasn't told anyone yet," the starting quarterback said. "So we're preparing as if we're going in. If things turn out different, then, Hey, I'm going to be a cheerleader out there for those other guys and see those guys make some plays."

Russell said he wants to make an appearance.

"Of course, I'm a competitor," he said. "Why not? Preseason or not, I'm only going into my second full year of starting. And hey, I need the reps."

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The Seattle game figures to be the final battle between Bruce Gradkowski and Charlie Frye for the No. 3 quarterback spot.

"It will be pretty heated Thursday night," Cable said. "It's been that way all along. The plan was to try to give them both a series or a little more in that fourth quarter Saturday but obviously with the way the rotation went we couldn't get there."

Frye has been a starter in Cleveland and, with two victories over the Raiders, has as many wins at the Coliseum - two - as does Russell.

"I'm hoping (to play significant time), but you never know," Frye said. "I don't know how much everybody's going to play, but if I go out on the field - every time I go out on the field I think I'm going be prepared. That's the main thing. If you're not getting a lot of reps you just - you guys see me throwing out there by myself sometimes - have to make the throws and just have confidence in yourself."

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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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