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May 1, 2010
Schilens still slowed by foot, Cable highlights of Day 2

Receiver Chaz Schilens, who missed half of last season after breaking his left foot in training camp, has yet to practice in this mandatory mini-camp. It all lends to speculation that Schilens underwent some sort of follow-up surgery this offseason. Or maybe he just visited Javon Walker's top-secret doctor in Israel?

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"There was some follow-up work done," coach Tom Cable said slyly. "And (not practicing) is just really taking care of it, so that everything is fine and he is doing great. Probably could have (practiced), but chose not to do it. I think this team is going to need that guy."

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Schilens (foot) WR Nick Miller (shins) and QB Bruce Gradkowski (left pectoral) did not practice in the morning session. Also, WR Louis Murphy (ankle), LB Trevor Scott (trap cramp) and CB Chris Johnson (lower back cramp) sat out practice.

"Nothing serious," Cable said. "I think it's just a matter of the volume of the body of work we're doing and they haven't been doing much for a while."

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Cable, on the notion that Al Davis has been more open to suggestions: "I think he has been good to work with. I feel like when I first got this job, one of things I asked him to do was teach me that part of it. He's doing that. We're connecting that way, and it's a good thing."

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And what did Cable mean by "that" part of it?
"Just the business side of it. Free agency, putting a team together from that part through the draft. The field stuff, the coaching, all that is easy for me. That's what I've always done. But there's another whole side of this that's just as important. That's where as an organization, we're able to do it together."

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Cable, on if he thinks OT Langston Walker can compete for a starting job: "I do. Langston has done a lot to kind of rework himself physically, and has done a lot of work since the end of the season. I think he has a freshness about him, kind of a new start if you will. He's going after it."

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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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