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Oakland Raiders cornerback DeMarcus Van Dyke celebrates after recovering a fumble during the first half of an NFL football game against the Minnesota Vikings, Sunday, Nov. 20, 2011, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Jim Mone)

NAPA -- The Raiders finished their first padded practice without incident or serious injury Wednesday morning, unless you count a late mild scuffle between undrafted free agent receiver Thomas Mayo and veteran strong safety Tyvon Branch.

Some highlights and notes:

  • Wide receiver Denarius Moore, who has been quiet through the first two practices, missed the padded session because of a hamstring issue. Moore hurt his hamstring during the team's last minicamp.

    Coach Dennis Allen said his absence was a precautionary measure.

  • Second-year cornerback DeMarcus Van Dyke has been a standout for three straight practices, sticking with Darrius Heyward-Bey on a deep pass from Carson Palmer and breaking it up. No picks, though.

  • Free safety Michael Huff ranged all the way across the field to break up a deep Palmer pass intended for Eddie McGee and appeared to be shaken up, but he returned to finish practice.

  • The Raiders running game excelled early during a 9-on-9 run session, with Mike Goodson doing the most damage with cutback runs. Goodson did not complete the Tuesday session with a hamstring strain but is at full strength.

    Allen said the run defense gave up too much early but got better as practice went along.

  • Allen liked the way the Raiders competed, and the fact that players were smart in keeping teammates off the ground.

  • Early player to watch after the first padded session -- defensive end Jack Crawford, who had some impressive pass rush plays.


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  • Right guard Mike Brisiel had a couple of difficult plays, being pushed back by Desmond Bryant on one and beaten cleanly by Richard Seymour on another.

  • Players who missed practice included cornerback Ron Bartell (hamstring), defensive tackle Travis Ivey (conditioning), punter Shane Lechler (knee), linebacker Aaron Curry (knee) and tight end Richard Gordon (hip).

  • The passing game has a ways to go in terms of execution and crispness. Third-string quarterback Terrelle Pryor made one nice middle throw to impressive rookie Rod Streater, but often follows up a good throw with a misfire.

  • There was no tackling to the ground allowed, but that didn't stop rookie defensive tackle Christo Bilukidi from belly-bumping Lonyae Miller to the ground on a running play.

  • Middle linebacker Rolando McClain, whose pass coverage skills have been cited as an area of improvement by Allen, hung on a deep route with Darren McFadden which went incomplete.

  • The Raiders take a CBA-mandated day off Thursday, with players getting the day to themselves with non practices or meetings until they return for curfew in the evening.

    Yes, Allen plans on giving them a lecture on the proper use of a day off.

  • Additional bleachers will be placed around the field as the Raiders will have between 1,000 and 1,200 fans at their next three practice sessions, a first in the 16 years the club has trained in Napa.