Raiders Blog and Q&A

News, observations and reader questions about the Oakland Raiders

September 11, 2009
Still no Seymour, Friday updates

The Boston Herald has reported that Richard Seymour, who is still a no-show in Alameda, was indeed served with a five-day letter by the Raiders Thursday night, meaning he has until Tuesday to report to the Raiders or face a season-long suspension without pay from Oakland.

Asked if he knew anything about the report, Cable said, "Again, I don't know that. I've been so focused on this (opening ) game and getting this team ready to play."

Cable was also asked if there were any new developments on the Seymour front.

"Not that I'm aware of," he said.

And while several players have acknowledged that they have taken a hurry-up-and-wait approach to Seymour reporting Cable said he has not had to talk to the team to quell any distractions Seymour's refusal may have spawned.

"Until we have some facts on what is or isn't going to happen, I've really felt like it's not an issue until we have something concrete that we know will happen," Cable said. "So, with that in mind, it's just been business as usual in terms of getting this team ready to play. I think that's the right approach. I think we all are hoping that he's going to show up. But the bottom line is that until we have something one way or the other, we have to stay the course with San Diego.

"Our focus on Monday night (is) the opponent. Whatever happens between now and then or in the middle, we'll deal with it as it comes."


Running back Justin Fargas, who has not practiced since the 49ers exhibition due to a strained hamstring, was again limited in practice Friday and would seem a longshot to play against the Chargers. Newly anointed starter Darren McFadden and Michael Bush should pick up the slack.


The Raiders were granted an extension by the NFL, until 7:15 p.m. Saturday, to sell out Monday night's game to avoid a television blackout. Teams generally have until 72 hours before kickoff but with this week's Labor Day holiday, the Raiders applied for and were granted the stay.

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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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