Raiders Blog and Q&A

News, observations and reader questions about the Oakland Raiders

August 10, 2011
Jackson says no rotation is set

NAPA - It would seem to be logical to assume starters would play more than normal in tomorrow's exhibition opener against the Arizona Cardinals at O.co Coliseum.

With no offseason program because of the NFL lockout, getting players ready to play in a month would seem to take precedent over developing young players.

If that's the plan, Raiders coach Hue Jackson hasn't let on that's what he will do.

"I think you have to think through all that," Jackson said. "Do you give them more? Do you give them less? Is a guy really, truly ready to play. It's a lot of decisions that go into that. That's what I'll spend the back part of my day really thinking about before we make those decisions because we do have a veteran group that need to get ready to play and they need to get out there and play in a game, under the lights, in our stadium. We also have another group that we need to evaluate, that needs to go play because I don't know a lot about them other than what I've known over these 10 practices, 11 practices. So there's a fine line there. We're going to make the best decision that best helps this organization and this football team."

Players definitely out include running back Darren McFadden (eye) and wide receivers Jacoby Ford (hand) and Louis Murphy (undisclosed injury).

Jackson said how long players stay in had yet to be determined after today's practice.

"I want to gather all the information, understand where we are, make sure I check with our coaches and all our doctors," Jackson said. "And then I'll make that decision tonight about how long they're going to play."

• Today was rookie haircut day. Offensive tackle Joseph Barksdale left with a version of a flattop reminiscent of the what the old WWE wrestler Ludwig Borga used to wear. His was the most civilized of the haircuts. Nevertheless Barksdale said he planned to cut all the hair off before tomorrow's game.

Barksdale might have been the smartest of the rookies. He said he grew his hair out knowing this day would come so that he wouldn't be mad afterward.

• I guess there's practice for everything. The Raiders practiced pregame introductions at the start of practice.

About Comments

Reader comments on Sacbee.com are the opinions of the writer, not The Sacramento Bee. If you see an objectionable comment, click the "report abuse" button below it. We will delete comments containing inappropriate links, obscenities, hate speech, and personal attacks. Flagrant or repeat violators will be banned. See more about comments here.

What You Should Know About Comments on Sacbee.com

Sacbee.com is happy to provide a forum for reader interaction, discussion, feedback and reaction to our stories. However, we reserve the right to delete inappropriate comments or ban users who can't play nice. (See our full terms of service here.)

Here are some rules of the road:

• Keep your comments civil. Don't insult one another or the subjects of our articles. If you think a comment violates our guidelines click the "report abuse" button to notify the moderators. Responding to the comment will only encourage bad behavior.

• Don't use profanities, vulgarities or hate speech. This is a general interest news site. Sometimes, there are children present. Don't say anything in a way you wouldn't want your own child to hear.

• Do not attack other users; focus your comments on issues, not individuals.

• Stay on topic. Only post comments relevant to the article at hand. If you want to discuss an issue with a specific user, click on his profile name and send him a direct message.

• Do not copy and paste outside material into the comment box.

• Don't repeat the same comment over and over. We heard you the first time.

• Do not use the commenting system for advertising. That's spam and it isn't allowed.

• Don't use all capital letters. That's akin to yelling and not appreciated by the audience.

You should also know that The Sacramento Bee does not screen comments before they are posted. You are more likely to see inappropriate comments before our staff does, so we ask that you click the "report abuse" button to submit those comments for moderator review. You also may notify us via email at feedback@sacbee.com. Note the headline on which the comment is made and tell us the profile name of the user who made the comment. Remember, comment moderation is subjective. You may find some material objectionable that we won't and vice versa.

If you submit a comment, the user name of your account will appear along with it. Users cannot remove their own comments once they have submitted them, but you may ask our staff to retract one of your comments by sending an email to feedback@sacbee.com. Again, make sure you note the headline on which the comment is made and tell us your profile name.

hide comments

On October 14, The Sacramento Bee will temporarily remove commenting from sacbee.com. While we design the upgrade, we encourage you to tell us what you like and don't like about commenting on sacbee.com and other websites. We've heard from hundreds of you already and we're listening. Please continue to add your thoughts and questions here. We also encourage you to write Letters to the Editor on this and other topics.



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.

FOLLOW US | Get more from sacbee.com | Follow us on Twitter | Become a fan on Facebook | Watch Bee news, lifestyle videos | View our mobile versions | e-edition: Print edition online | What our bloggers are saying

October 2013

Sun Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat
    1 2 3 4 5
6 7 8 9 10 11 12
13 14 15 16 17 18 19
20 21 22 23 24 25 26
27 28 29 30 31