The first day in pads turned out to be little more than a slightly rougher extension of what the Raiders did for the first four days of training camp.

A few instances were worthy of hooting and hollering.

Running back Michael Bush executed what amounted to a body slam against David Nixon during a pass blocking drill, and safeties Michael Huff and Mike Mitchell and defensive end Jay Richardson all violated protocol by bringing offensive players to the ground.

But for the most part, the Raiders practiced like a team that knows it has plenty of time to work itself into a lather and that losing players to injury on the second day of August will do more harm than good.

Coach Tom Cable is confident tempers will grow short eventually.

"I think that's going to come when they get a little hotter, a little more tired, a little more ornery," Cable said. "That's football. It will happen. I'm not really worried about that too much. I do think they respect each other and do try to take care of each other. But that other stuff will come."

Bush said afterward he thought his "head would be hurting a little more," and the obligatory "it felt good to get the pads on" statements were heard all around.

Cornerback Nnamdi Asomugha was of the opinion that the unexpected intensity level of the first eight practices over four days took some of the edge off the initial padded session.

In his pre-camp media briefing, Cable said the Raiders would again spend the first four days in a "learning intensive" mode. Last year, that meant half-speed walk-throughs with plays seldom carried out to completion and players concentrating on footwork and technique.

Things started out that way in the first session this year but quickly turned into something else.

"We did more because (offensive coordinator) Hue Jackson wanted to see more from the offense," Asomugha said. "We never really did a full mental four days like we were supposed to. All we did today was throw on pads and just continue what we've been doing."

  • For the second straight training camp, Cable is touting Stanford Routt as a challenger for the starting left cornerback job held by Chris Johnson.

    Routt was given a first- and third-round tender paying him approximately $3.2 million -- a large sum for a player who has been primarily a nickel back entering his sixth season.

    "That's a pretty heated competition, actually," Cable said. "I think (Routt) probably feels like it's his time."

    Johnson, not surprisingly, doesn't see it that way. He's had a very good first five days of practice and jumped a flat route to fullback Marcel Reece for a near-interception.

    "I came into camp as a starter and I am going to leave as a starter," Johnson said. "I never look behind me. If a person looks behind, then he is going to fall behind. So I always look forward, and try every day to improve my game. I don't ever worry about the next man."

  • With Louis Murphy working with trainers while recovering from a concussion and Chaz Schilens taking part in a few individual drills, receivers generally had a difficult time getting free.

    Tight end Tony Stewart had the biggest gain, catching a seam route from Jason Campbell between Trevor Scott and Tyvon Branch. Rookie fourth-round pick Jacoby Ford had two nice gains late on passes from Charlie Frye.

  • Left guard Robert Gallery, who played in just six games last season after having to deal with an appendectomy, a broken fibula and back surgery, was full-go in the contact session.

    During one blocking drill, Gallery rode defensive tackle Richard Seymour to the ground and then stayed upright and in front of the Raiders' best defensive lineman while being pushed backward.

    "Richard's obviously a great player and to be good you've got to go against the best," Gallery said. "I want to go against him every day. It's going to make me better. Everyone should want that."

  • Middle linebacker Rolando McClain left the field briefly with trainers but returned and finished practice.