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August 23, 2012
Raiders still not ruling out Curry for opener

by Matt Kawahara

NAPA -- Raiders head coach Dennis Allen still isn't ruling out linebacker Aaron Curry for the season opener Sept. 10, even though Curry didn't take a single rep in training camp, which ended Thursday.

Curry spent all of camp on the active/physically unable to perform list with knee problems. Allen said earlier in the week the window was closing on Curry's return in time for the opener, but said Thursday that it's "not to that point."

"Now, what role he plays, we'll see," Allen said. "I'm not going to make any decision on him as far as ruling him out or not, at least until we get into game week."

That would seem to indicate that even if Curry does get back in time to play against the Chargers, it isn't a given that he'll start right away. Miles Burris is still working through rookie growing pains and Allen values Curry's experience, but Curry has some catching up to do with the defense.

* Among the players who will be game-time decisions Saturday against Detroit are defensive tackle Richard Seymour, quarterback Matt Leinart and tight end Richard Gordon. Leinart said Thursday that he hasn't taken many snaps this week in practice because of the cut on his right index finger sustained Friday at Arizona, which required a couple of stitches.

Leinart has completed 16 of 24 passes in the preseason for 164 yards and a passer rating of 86.1. Asked if he'll be ready to play against Detroit, Leinart said: "We'll see. Got a good little gash on there. Been doing as much as I can this week. I just want to get it healthy as quick as possible so I'm ready for Week 1."

* If it feels like camp passed without any of the intrigue that comes with position battles, that's because it did. The Raiders broke camp today and scattered from Napa looking much the same as they did upon arrival. Aside from the positions affected by injury -- center, receiver, weakside linebacker -- the offensive and defensive starters haven't changed since OTAs.

"I think there's been competition," Allen said. "But the guys who are listed number one on the depth chart, right now we feel like those are the guys that give us the best chance of winning."

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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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