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-Missing practice Monday were RB Justin Fargas (hamstring), P Shane Lechler (groin), S Hiram Eugene (flu), S Mike Mitchell (hamstring), DE Matt Shaughnessy (foot), C John Wade (stinger), Morrison (elbow), Ekejiuba (shoulder), CB Jason Horton, WR Chaz Schilens (foot) and T Khalif Barnes (ankle).

-Cable is trying to simulate an in-season game week. To that end, the players are off today, and he had the offensive and defensive first units working against scout teams. The Raiders even scheduled their next exhibition game to mimic the regular season; they play the Saints at 1 p.m. Saturday.

-Cable said Michael Bush is likely to start at halfback against New Orleans. Bush, Fargas and Darren McFadden are all vying for the starting job. "I actually like it because you get to go in straight from warming up, then fresh, instead of sitting on the side, trying to get warm again," Bush said. "So it's something that I enjoy, starting off a game."

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