Friday 11/5 Practice Report-Update-2

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“Their skill position guys are all really fast.”

Those words were spoken Friday by Chiefs defensive coordinator Romeo Crennel. But there hasn’t been a season in the last 40 years or so when that comment couldn’t have been made about the Raiders wide receivers and sometimes running backs. Speed has always seemed to be a condition for being part of the silver and black offense.

What’s different from recent vintages of the Raiders is their willingness to rely on the running game when they have the ball. Oakland is No. 2 in rushing yards, trailing only the Chiefs.

“They are running the ball really well; their backs, even their fullback runs the ball well,” said Crennel. “They’ve been able to create seams to get those runners started and once they get started, they gain yards. It looks like they’ve made a commitment to run. They are trying to eliminate negative plays and not turn the ball over.

“If can run the ball and not turn it over, you give yourself a chance to be in the games.”

The Raiders said Thursday evening that Jason Campbell would start at quarterback against the Chiefs.  Campbell has been the quarterback in this two-game stretch where Oakland has outscored opponents 92-17.

“He  has done a nice job of operating their offense and getting the ball in the hands of those speed guys and then he has enough ability that if you put pressure on him, he’s able to move in the pocket and he’s able to make a throw if he has to,” said Crennel.

As the Chiefs went through their final practice of Raiders Week on Friday it appeared they will be without two of their big rookie contributors on Sunday.

During the media window into practice both WR/RB Dexter McCluster and FS Kendrick Lewis were doing more watching than working. The ankle injury the Chiefs reported for McCluster apparently has not yet allowed him to run. Lewis is bothered by a right hamstring injury and when the defense was working on red zone coverage, he served as an offensive receiver. Both are listed as questionable for the Raiders.

Also listed as questionable was RG Ryan Lilja with his right thumb injury. He was a full participant in Friday’s practice.

LB Charlie Anderson was missing from the practice field but it had nothing to do with an injury, although the Chiefs wouldn’t elaborate. Practice squad LB Pierre Walters did not participate and was in the rehab area riding a stationary bike.

For the Raiders, they said WRs Louis Murphy (chest) and Chad Schilens (knee) and DT John Henderson (foot) will not play against the Chiefs. Listed as doubtful were CB Nnamdi Asomugha (ankle) and TE Zach Miller (foot). Both players did not practice on Friday. Oakland listed S Hiram Eugene (pectoral) as questionable and down as probable were QB Bruce Gradkowski (shoulder), WR Darrius Heyward-Bey (shoulder) and C Samson Satele (knee).

5 Responses to “Friday 11/5 Practice Report-Update-2”

  • November 5, 2010  - BayouCityChief says:

    I think missing DMC had a big impact on the offense Sunday. It will be a shame (and a little scary) if he’s not available for the Raiders.

  • November 5, 2010  - gorillafan says:

    exactly what I was thinking

  • November 5, 2010  - Scotty says:

    I think the running game will be fine without Dexter but it may hurt the passing game a bit. For some reason I’m not too worried. The defense just needs to tackle and not let anything get behind them.

  • November 5, 2010  - napahank says:

    I think more important as to Lewis and DMC not playing is what Raiders are either out/doubtful/questionable.

    Murphy, Shilens, Gradkowski and Miller can hurt the Chiefs a lot and Henderson and Nnambi down will help us tremendously. Even Bey and Satele as “probable” means they are nursing injuries which will limit their effectiveness.

    If it wasn’t for the recent Raider resurgence and in the a bigger home crowd than normal this week I would feel more comfortable.

  • November 5, 2010  - Niblick says:

    Asomugha is a huge loss for Oakland. That should help us in the passing game. I’m predicting a close Chiefs win 16 to 13. I look for a low scoring game.

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