NAPA _ Some highlights from the Raiders' practice Wednesday morning: Coming off a Monday game and with another arriving Friday, the Raiders practiced in shorts and shells, concentrating on tempo rather than contact. Coach Dennis Allen said the Raiders will have a similar practice Thursday and won't put the pads on until the Cardinals game. Sharp practice from backup quarterback Matt Leinart, including a perfect strike on a post pattern to Juron Criner against the coverage of Chimdi Chekwa.
Leinart followed with a strike to Brandon Carswell and another to Travionte Session.
Wide receiver Eddie McGee returned to practice after an extended absence and had a drop. Wide receiver Darrius Heyward-Bey was getting high-fives and backslaps from his position group after beating Shawntae Spencer and Michael Huff to the post and catching a Carson Palmer rainbow, tumbling into the end zone. No. 3 quarterback Terrelle Pryor remains, as coach Dennis Allen says, a work in progress, as evidenced by a high throw to Thomas Mayo which bounced straight into the hands of Chaz Powell for an interception. Wide receiver Jacoby Ford cleanly handled some underneath throws and made a red zone catch for a touchdown from Palmer. Running back Mike Goodson was back and practice and looked unaffected by the next injury which had him sidelined for there practice sessions and the Dallas game. Depending on how Goodson bounces back, he should play against Arizona.
Goodson was even worked into the kickoff return rotation. The Raiders broke out the speakers to simulate crowd noise for University of Phoenix Stadium on Friday.
There was no scout team, however. The Raiders continue to work against their own systems of offense and defense heading into the second preseason game. Allen expressed confidence that punter Shane Lechler would be on the field in a preseason game. Lechler, Allen said, underwent an arthroscopic procedure on his left knee. Players who sat out practice included running back Taiwan Jones, running back Rashawn Jackson, wide receiver Denarius Moore, punter Shane Lechler, tackle Zach Hurd, linebacker Mario Kurn, wide receiver Duke Calhoun, linebacker Aaron Curry, defensive tackle Jamie Cumbie, tackle Ed Wang and center Stefen Wisniewski.
Curry is in Los Angeles getting treatment on his sore knees and Allen hoped he would return next week for an assessment of his progress.
Calhoun and Kurn have torn ACLs and will soon be placed on injured reserve. The Raiders reportedly will have former Tampa Bay defensive tackle Myles Wade in for a visit.