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August 17, 2010
J-Rich undergoes knife, Frye next, Gradkowski takes second-team snaps and other nuggets from Napa

I have written about the oft-injured Darren McFadden for tomorrow's paper and how his health is key to the Raiders' fortunes this season. As such, the news from Napa today...

Defensive end Jay Richardson underwent a knee "scope" today.

"Not sure until we get a chance to talk to the doctor after the procedure and all that," coach Tom Cable said when asked how long Richardson would be out. "So we'll know, again, something tomorrow."

As such, Chris Cooper and Greyson Gunheim are splitting time as backup defensive ends in Richardson's absence.

Also, quarterback Charlie Frye's bothersome right wrist will sundergo "a procedure" tomorrow, Cable said.

"I don't know the medical terms of it," Cable said. "I'll be able to explain more of it tomorrow."

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Bruce Gradkowski, who missed the Dallas exhibition game with a sore groin, looked to be taking the majority of the second-team snaps. Kyle Boller was in the mix as well. So with Boller's showing in that comeback exhibition win against the Cowboys, does the Cal product have a shot at being Jason Cambell's backup?

"Well, first of all, like I said the other day, Bruce isn't back all the way yet," Cable said. "We're bringing him back. That's really more the issue than anything."

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With Darrius Heyward-Bey missing his second consecutive practice to "rest," per Cable, and Chaz Schilens still nursing a sore foot, backups Todd Watkins and Nick Miller have been given opportunities to stand out.

Watkins, on how long it's taken him to get comfortable as a pro: "There is a steep learning curve from college to the NFL. Some guys handle it better than others. A lot of it depends on the type of offense you ran in college. We had a real simple offense at BYU, so it took a lot more learning."

Miller, on if he really got both feet down in the end zone on his touchdown catch against Dallas: "I thought it was good. Good call by the refs."

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Left guard Robert Gallery, on the offensive line's play at Dallas: "It was a start. We got a lot of things we got to clean up, as usual, for the first game. But we got out and got our feet wet. We got to improve this week."

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Strange scene of the day: An excited female autograph-seeking fan, upon seeing a quarterback making his way to her: "Hey, it's Charlie Frye!"

The chagrined player: "Nope. I'm Kyle Boller."

A smiling Boller signed for her, nonetheless.

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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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