Shell says players are eager


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Shell says players are eager: 'They want to get it done'
- David White, Chronicle Staff Writer
Monday, July 24, 2006

The moving vans showed up at the Napa Valley Marriott last week, loaded with Raiders video equipment and practice gear.

Next up are the tricked-out SUVs driven by NFL players -- think Randy Moss in last year's purple-mobile -- when the Raiders report today for the first Art Shell-coached training camp since 1994.

Players must check in by 3 p.m. The first of two-a-day practices begins at 8:45 a.m. Tuesday.

"(Players) are excited," Shell said. "Just listening to them, they say, 'We'll be glad when we get to camp, coach.' I'll tell you what, listening to that kind of talk makes me feel good because they want to get it done."

The Raiders have two weeks before opening the exhibition schedule against the Eagles in the Hall of Fame Game on Aug. 6 in Canton, Ohio.

Waiting on Curry: Fifth-year wide receiver Ronald Curry's status remains undetermined for the start of camp, Shell said.

Curry is attempting to return from two Achilles tears. He had two catches in the first two games of the 2005 season before sustaining a season-ending tendon injury.

In a breakout season in 2004, he had 50 catches for 679 yards before missing the final four games with a tendon tear.

"We're still looking at Curry to see where he is and make sure he's capable of doing it," Shell said. "We'll listen to the trainers. They'll give us direction on that."

Briefly: The Raiders will host three international coaches throughout camp: Patrick Esume of Germany, Radames Carrillo of Mexico and Tang Hai-yan of China. This is the third year the Raiders have invited coaches from other countries to observe preseason workouts. ... The Raiders cut linebacker Roger Cooper, defensive end Jeff Green, linebacker Shawn Morgan and offensive guard Cameron Spikes. ... The Raider Rookie Zone will debut this regular season at McAfee Stadium. Located between sections 335-355, children can play in a bounce house, throw or kick a football, try on a gameday uniform and play in other activities.
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