The Oakland Raiders waived linebacker Travian Smith, who had finished the last two seasons on injured reserve, Friday but did not admit to arriving at an injury settlement. Smith, who missed a combined 14 games the last two seasons due to knee injuries, had been with the team since 1998 when they drafted him in the fifth round from Oklahoma.
Raiders head coach Norv Turner said that Smith had “a pre-existing injury.” Turner added that Smith had surgery and that the team was hopeful he could return to action but such was not the case.
Smith would have battled for one of Oakland’s starting outside linebacker spots whether it stuck with the 3-4 or 4-3. Smith recorded a career-high five sacks in 2002 to help Oakland reached its first Super Bowl in 19 years.
Moss’ first impression
Friday also marked the training camp debut of Randy Moss, who did not speak with reporters. Nonetheless, he made a good first impression with Turner.
I know he likes to play and I think he likes to practice,” Turner said.
No false hope?
Training camp is always a time for great optimism and anticipation. Nonetheless, Turner believes Oakland’s first day excitement will have staying power despite a combined 9-23 record the last two seasons.
“The best thing about today is that I’ve been a lot of places with a false excitement,” Turner said. “Then it dies after a few days. I didn’t see that today. I’m looking for a team with a good approach that will last.”
Curry works in limited duty
Much of the attention has surrounded the acquisition of Randy Moss from the Minnesota Vikings.
Ronald Curry, who enjoyed a breakout season, said Thursday when the team arrived in Napa, CA, that he would practice one session every other day after sustaining a season-ending Achilles tendon injury.
Curry’s teammates practiced wearing shorts, shoulder pads and helmets. Curry wore all of that except a baseball cap in place of helmet. Curry threw the ball a little bit and did some light running.
Defensive end Derrick Burgess had his left ankle taped while rookie quarterback Andrew Walter left the afternoon practice with his right shoulder wrapped in ice.
Defensive back Chris Carr made a diving interception.