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December 9, 2009
Hanson back in the fold, and other nuggets from a newsy Wednesday

A newsy day here in Alameda...

Randy Hanson, the assistant coach who claims Tom Cable broke his jaw in a training camp dustup, has been welcomed back to the Raiders, reportedly to work in the team's personnel department.

Cable, obviously, and, understandably, did not seem all that thrilled about Hanson coming back.

"I really don't know a lot about that," he said, "other than I was told that he was back."

My column tomorrow examines how strange this move is, especially at this time.


Bruce Gradkowski was named the AFC offensive player of the week after Sunday's upset win at Pittsburgh, when he threw for 308 yards on 20 of 33 passing with three touchdowns. He is the first Raiders QB to be so selected since Daunte Culpepper won it in Week 4 of the 2007 season.


Left guard Robert Gallery, who missed six games earlier this season with a broken fibula, is going for a second opinion on the strained lower back he suffered Sunday in Pittsburgh.

"At this point it does not look good," Cable said. "We'll know more tomorrow."

Center Samson Satele was also injured against Pittsburgh but prospects are brighter that he will be able to go. And if not? Chris Morris will go at center and Langston Walker will again play left guard.

And the emergency center?

"We're working on that," Cable said.


Darrius Heyward-Bey, who was inactive for Sunday's game at Pittsburgh, was still walking around with a boot on his left foot on Wednesday.

"I feel fine," he said. "Just taking it step by step, doing everything the training staff's telling me to do so I can get back on the field.

"Someone just stepped on me the wrong way and it happened Friday in practice."


And this inspirational message from the Raiders' locker room: "Sunday 12-13-09, 1:05PM - the day the Oakland Raiders break thru (sic). Back to back wins set Raiders on path to future success. (If you believe it, it will happen.)"

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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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