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September 8, 2011
DHB on speed and more notes from practice

ALAMEDA - It can be fun discussing speed with the Raiders because they draft a lot of fast players.

So, who is the fastest?

One player said he knows the answer.

"I am," said Darrius Heyward-Bey.

What about the facts?

"Technically Jacoby (Ford) has the fastest 40 time but that's by .01," Heyward-Bey said.

Here's the end of a funny exchange between Heyward-Bey and the media about speed and what would happen if there was a race among the fastest Raiders.

(For the record, Heyward-Bey said there hasn't been a race because no one wants to risk injury and any race would have to happen in the offseason).

Q: Would there be 8 guys in the race?
A: We talk about it all the time. We talk about 4x100 teams and who would be on it.

Q: Who's on it?
A: We've got two teams. It's tough. Me, Jacoby, Tyvon (Branch), Louis (Murphy) will always try to throw himself in there. I mean then up there it depends. You've got Stan (Routt), CJ (Chris Johnson), you've got DVD (DeMarcus Van Dyke), you've got the young guy (Taiwan Jones). That fourth spot's a little crazy but I know for sure me and Jacoby would be on the team.

Q: Who would be on the anchor leg, then?
A: They all say they want me to. I'm more comfortable running the second leg. I think that's the fastest guy, runs the second leg. I'm a track guy, I know.

Q: So you're on the record as saying you're No. 1, the fastest guy in here?
A: Yeah. I mean, Jacoby would say he's No. 1 and I'm going to say I'm No. 1.

Q: Actually, Jacoby said 'We're all the fastest.'
A: Oh, well you tell Jacoby I said I'm the fastest.

*Here's the Raiders injury report. It doesn't include the actual injuries. Why? Hue Jackson didn't tell us. But when the NFL releases league-wide injury reports tomorrow, injured body parts should be included. Some guys we know, like Kevin Boss (knee). Others we'll find out later.

WR Derek Hagan (full participation)
WR Louis Murphy (did not practice).
WR Chaz Shcilens (limited)
RB Taiwan Jones (limited)
TE Kevin Boss (did not practice)
LB Darryl Blackstock (full participation)
DT Richard Seymour (full participation)
CB Chris Johnson (full participation)
S Mike Mitchell (did not practice)
CB DeMarcus Van Dyke (full participation)

Here's how Jackson answered my question about if Boss (knee) was out for Monday night in Denver:

"I haven't decided that neither. I just said did not participate. Now tomorrow, if you guys are nicer to me then I'll give you more information. How about that?"

*Jackson didn't reveal all of the team captains, but here they are:

QB Jason Campbell
RB Darren McFadden
P Shane Lechler
RB Rock Cartwright

*Jackson said the Raiders worked out free agent linebacker Tully Banta-Cain but no decision had been made to add the former New England, San Francisco and Cal player.

*Also still no word on the starting wide receivers or punt returner.

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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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