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November 11, 2009
Band back together, and other Thursday notes

They're getting the band back together...or somesuch.

As expected, offensive starters Robert Gallery (left guard), Cornell Green (right tackle), Darren McFadden (running back) and Chaz Schilens (wide receiver) all practiced full on Wednesday.

Raiders coach Tom Cable dismissed the notion that having all three running backs available at the same time as having all three receivers could be a dangerous problem to have.

"You can do both," Cable said. "You can fit in the toughness inside of that explosiveness. The whole key is getting that explosiveness going. From there, once you get that started, the rest of it can fall into place."


Cable also acknowledged he is contemplating starting three receivers - probably Schilens, Darrius Heyward-Bey and Louis Murphy - Sunday against the Chiefs.

"I think it just depends on the personnel that you're going to use to attack them," Cable said. "That's probably why I'm not going to answer that question, just because there's some things you want to do."

In his last four games, Murphy has caught only one pass from JaMarcus Russell.


The Chiefs, meanwhile, will be without Raiders antagonist Larry Johnson, the disgraced running back who had rumbled for 938 yards in 10 career games against Oakland with 12 total touchdowns.

"Well, they still have good runners," Cable said of the Chiefs. "It's not like they're going to change their system or their scheme. The runner they got is a good player. Larry was a very good player. So, it impacts it to some degree. But in this business, it's the next man up."


And today's oh-yeah-news-nugget, courtesy of Cable - defensive end Greg Ellis had his shoulder "scoped" over the bye in addition to his knee. Good to know.


Then there was this - the Raiders had left-footed free-agent punter Ricky Schmitt booming balls after practice to Johnnie Lee Higgins. Probably to get the Raiders returner ready for Kansas City's left-footed punter Dustin Colquitt.


And finally, the Raiders would allow media "football-questions only, no non-football questions" of Cable. So, no Cable thoughts today on if the NFL has contacted him. It's been reported the league wants him to undergo an "evaluation" in the wake of the Randy Hanson affair.

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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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