Stanford’s prolonged offseason will officially end Monday, when the defending Pac-12 Conference champions begin preseason practice. The Cardinal will be one of the last teams in the country to start training camp because it will be one of the last to start the regular season.
Second-round pick Menelik Watson’s first practice of training camp lasted less than 30 minutes before the Oakland Raiders’ offensive lineman left the field after re-injuring a calf muscle in his left leg.
Oakland Raiders first-round draft pick D.J. Hayden will not play in Friday’s preseason opener against Dallas. Hayden suffered a slight hamstring pull in training camp.
Patrick Willis has had surgery on his fractured right hand. The San Francisco 49ers’ inside linebacker sustained the injury late last week at training camp.
Oakland Raiders coach Dennis Allen’s plans to have his team practice in pads at training camp on Sunday were altered by a rash of injuries.
Andre Carter’s training camp routine is a lot different from when the Oakland Raiders’ defensive end entered the NFL more than a decade ago.
The Oakland Raiders probably should wear name tags in the defensive huddle in training camp. With nine projected starters coming from outside the organization, getting on the same page is the top priority this summer.
Just a week into training camp, Colin Kaepernick can already feel the difference between where the San Francisco 49ers’ offense is now versus this time a year ago.
You can watch new San Francisco 49ers wide receiver Anquan Boldin flash across the middle of the practice field, then turn to snag a Colin Kaepernick dart – just as Michael Crabtree did a year ago.
The Niners return a group that started every game together during last season’s run to the Super Bowl, and they’re determined to take that success even further.