Warren ready for Oakland challenge

Gerard Warren

Gerard Warren took the field to practice with the Raiders for the first time since being traded from Denver. Wearing No. 92, Warren looked as stout as ever but it's no given he'll be on Oakland's opening day roster.

"We don't have a sense of how ready he is," Raiders coach Lane Kiffin said. "We threw him in there today and threw him in with the service team, just like we would with a new guy, just to see how he responds and see how he moved around.

"He looked OK but I have to go back and watch the film before I make a judgment on it. Obviously that's a lot different than playing a lot of plays but we're going to try to push him through and try to play him this week."

Gerard Warren was acquired from the Broncos on Monday by the Raiders, who are trying to shore up their run defense. With swingman Tommy Kelly a possible starter at right defensive end, Oakland needed to add some depth and some beef. They got that in Warren, a 6-foot-4, 325-pound mammoth nicknamed ‘Big Money.'

Warren was so highly thought of in Denver that prior to the 2006 season he signed a six-year, $36 million contract. Injuries to his feet, however, led to an unproductive year.

"It's an attack-style defense and that's what I'm all about," Warren said Tuesday. "It makes it tough trying to pick up the scheme and the terminology. But hey, it's part of the job. If you can't get it you won't be here."

* Former Raider receiver Jerry Rice attended practice and was doing interviews for FoxSports in Oakland's locker room afterward. When he walked on the field wearing jeans and an untucked floral-patterned silk shirt, Rice was playfully chided by Warren Sapp. Responded Rice, "It takes a brave man to wear a shirt like this."

* The Raiders spent the first half of practice working on special teams, then took another 10 minutes to work on taking care of the ball. To that end, the entire Raiders offense went through a series of three drills where players were trying to strip the ball from one another.

* Safety Hiram Eugene wore a brace on his right hand and did not practice. Eugene was injured in the preseason loss to San Francisco, but after meeting with a specialist, it was determined he wouldn't require surgery.

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