Davis makes first appearance at camp


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Jan 22, 2006
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Davis makes first appearance, puts in long day
NAPA - Raiders managing general partner Al Davis made his first appearance at training camp Sunday and promised to speak with Bay Area media Tuesday.

Davis arrived soon after the practice started but stuck around until the end some two hours later. He then spent several minutes conversing with coach Art Shell.

"It was great to see him," Shell said. "The players love seeing him out there. You come out, you get a chance to smell the grass and see what's going on. He gets excited when he sees our players up here. Everybody was happy to see him up here."

Davis' movement has been slowed in recent years by a lingering quadriceps ailment. He got around with the aid of a walker and a golf cart Sunday.

Shell laughed when asked if Davis has watched videotape of the first five days of training camp.

"Now, you think about that question you just asked," Shell said to a reporter. "He watches every single snap, studies every single player on this football team. He knows the players on this team.

"It takes him awhile to watch the tape, he says. It takes long, it takes three hours, but he watches every single player. And he can evaluate each one of those players. That's what he's doing. All these years."

Davis is scheduled to deliver the presentation speech for former Raiders coach John Madden at Madden's induction into the Pro Football Hall of Fame on Saturday.

Gallery returns

Left offensive tackle Robert Gallery was removed from the physically-unable-to-perform list and practiced for the first time since training camp started.

Gallery worked with the first-team offense but didn't take all the snaps in light of the quadriceps injury that sidelined him for five days.

"Ease him back," Shell said. "Give him a couple shots here and there. Don't want to go too fast."

Gallery said it felt "great" to be back on the field and part of full-team drills. He has been working out on his own the past week.

"I'm just glad to be back on the field," Gallery said. "I felt comfortable."

He said he feels as if he will be ready to play in Oakland's exhibition opener against the Philadelphia Eagles on Sunday.

Quote of the day

"Hey, that (stuff) was easy, Art! Hey, Robo, that (stuff) was easy!" - Wide receiver Randy Moss to Shell and defensive coordinator Rob Ryan after the Raiders offense scored a touchdown two plays in to a hurry-up drill.

Extra points

Free safety Stuart Schweigert missed most of practice with a "tweaked groin," Shell said. ... Running back LaMont Jordan (quadriceps) returned to practice after missing the past two days. Defensive end Lance Johnstone (personal reasons) returned after missing one day. Tight end Randal Williams (back) and fullback Zack Crockett (back) also returned after missing time. Tight end James Adkisson was excused from practice because of the flu. ... Receiver Jerry Porter worked with the second-team offense for most of the day. He also wasn't on the field when the Raiders used three receivers in a hurry-up drill. Doug Gabriel replaced Porter opposite Moss, with Alvis Whitted coming in as the third receiver.

-- Steve Corkran

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