Originally published on SBReport.net on Aug. 11, 2012
The Oakland Raiders stayed out of the pads as they practiced in shells and shorts on Saturday at their practice facility in Napa, Calif.
After being disappointed in the team's focus the day before, head coach Dennis Allen may have wanted the team to remain focused mentally without having to worry about getting hit.
The injuries remained the same for the most part: punter Shane Lechler (knee), tight end Brandon Myers (shoulder), running backs Taiwan Jones (hamstring) and Mike Goodson (neck), wide receivers Eddie McGee (hamstring) and Denarius Moore (hamstring), and linebacker Aaron Curry (knee). Curry is still in Los Angeles seeing a specialist for his knee, according to Allen.
Goodson did return to working out on the side field with Moore, McGee and Jones on the side field.
Two more players went down to injury on Saturday: linebacker Mario Kurn and wide receiver Duke Calhoun. Coach Allen said both injuries are believed to be "significant" but will have to see the MRIs. It appeared neither player could put any weight on their legs as they were helped off the field.
With Myers out, tight ends David Ausberry and Richard Gordon saw an increase in snaps. Ausberry continues to run crisp routes and show his hands, as he caught a touchdown pass on a post route from quarterback Matt Leinart.
Quarterback Carson Palmer avoided the interception on Saturday, showing poise in the pocket and looking comfortable, especially when throwing the deep ball. Palmer hit wide receiver Jacoby Ford in stride on a deep ball down the left sideline but had the ball clank off his hands for an incomplete pass.
Terrelle Pryor had another up-and-down day, starting out by sailing some receivers but settling in late and hitting his target.
With Jones and Goodson out with their injuries, halfback Lonyae Miller once again saw an increase in snaps. Expect Miller to see the majority of the carries on Monday night.
Fullback Rashawn Jackson also saw an increase in his snaps due to the injuries. Jackson worked primarily with the third team over the past two days and will likely see a high number of snaps on Monday night as well.
The Raiders have a shortened practice tomorrow morning before they head down to the Oakland Coliseum parking lot "B" for Raider Nation Celebration. Raider Nation Celebration is a free event for the fans, giving them an opportunity to meet the current Raiders roster, as well as Raider legends and the Raiderettes.