NAPA -- Raiders coach Tom Cable spiced up the morning practice Thursday with a live-tackling session that featured the kind of intensity and drama that hasn't been seen in these parts in a long time.

Past Raiders teams rarely, if ever, tackled players to the ground. Players were instructed to make initial contact, wrap up and then back off. Not this time.

"You need that," defensive end Jay Richardson said. "It's important to build those good habits and do live drills so you don't get in the game and pull up. "... It gets the guys a little juiced up to get a chance to go out there and hit."

Cable was less than pleased with what he saw from his troops at full-speed.

"It looked like the first time we had been tackled or tackled anybody," Cable said. "It wasn't what you want, but that's why we're doing it because, obviously, it's been since last January since we tackled anybody, so we've got work to do. We'll be ready do that when we get ready to play a game."

Running back Darren McFadden said the physical nature of the spicy drill caught the players' attention.

"That's one thing some of the players were talking about, like, 'Man, you go through one drill live and it's like the whole practice' because it's something that you're not used to in practice."


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  • Wide receiver Louis Murphy (foot), defensive lineman Richard Seymour (back), defensive tackle Kellen Heard (undisclosed), fullbacks Marcel Reece (foot), Luke Lawton (concussion) and Manase Tonga (knee) and cornerback Jeremy Ware (heel) missed both practices.

    Receivers Jonathan Holland (knee) and Jacoby Ford (quadriceps) and quarterback Charlie Frye (wrist) were shut down after suffering injuries. Four others were given the afternoon off.

    Left guard Robert Gallery tweaked his left ankle in the live-tackling drill but made it through the remainder of practice after a trainer applied athletic tape.

  • Eight league officials worked the Raiders practices Thursday. They called penalties and worked with players and coaches on the rules changes made during the offseason.

  • The Raiders were greeted by a light drizzle in the morning practice. Once again, the sun was blocked out by an early-morning fog and didn't break through until after the first practice ended.