First of all, punter Shane Lechler is listed as week-to-week after sustaining a slight hamstring strain in his right (kicking) leg Saturday night in the Oakland Raiders 21-13 exhibition loss to the San Francisco 49ers.
Lechler sustained the injury while trying to run for a first down after Kenny Smith’s snap was high and San Francisco’s Keith Lewis came over the right side untouched. Lechler tried running for the first down before Saleem Rasheed grazed enough of Lechler’s leg to cause him to stagger short of the first down.
Before the game, Raiders head coach Norv Turner told Lechler if he encountered such a situation to simply go down and not risk injury but instinct took over.
“I felt like a dumba— when it happened,” Lechler quipped. But I also would have felt that way if I fell down.”
Lechler added that the injury does not appear to be as serious as anticipated. On a scale of 1-10, Lechler rated the injury a “5.” Lechler’s status for Saturday’s game at Houston is likely to clear up around mid-week but Gary Cook, who replaced Lechler Saturday, is likely to get the call.
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Wide receiver Jerry Porter (hamstring) is set to return and could possibly play at Houston while fellow receiver Carlos Francis (hamstring) is still at least a week away. Backup center/long snapper Adam Treu returned to practice on Monday.
Running back DeJuan Green suffered a sprained ankle and will be out indefinitely while wide receiver Ronald Curry (Achilles) will sit out the Houston game but is expected to make his return from offseason surgery for the Arizona game the following week. Safety Jarrod Cooper (knee) returned to practice in limited duty on Monday and could play at Houston.
Turner and special teams coach Joe Avezzano had their moments of getting after players during the morning practice.
One special teams drill did not go as planned and Avezzano barked, “What part of cover all the way don’t you understand!”
Turner, meanwhile, continued to be more outwardly demonstrative in his second season as the Raiders head coach. Turner has a friendly personality off the field but has at times rivaled former head coach Jon Gruden’s intensity this year. The tempo of one segment was not to Turner’s liking and he exploded, “Get the (bleep) in the huddle!”
Vince D’Adamo can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org