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Friday, April 16, 2010
Oakland news and notes

By Bill Williamson
ESPN.com

The news that Oakland quarterback Bruce Gradkowski has suffered a torn pectoral muscle is not the end of the world, but it is somewhat troublesome.

The good news for Gradkowski and the Raiders is that he is expected to be ready by training camp. However, he will likely miss the mini-camp season. Gradkowski will likely be in the mix to be the starting quarterback in Oakland. He needs to work with his teammates as much as possible. Yes, he had a nice chemistry with his teammates when he took over the offense late last season, but Gradkowski needs more work with his teammates. He will be able to catch up in training camp, but the work in May and June is also valuable.

Oakland coach Tom Cable is trying to get the civil suit filed against him by former Oakland assistant Randy Hanson thrown out of court. Hanson has accused Cable of assaulting him during training camp last year. Authorities declined to pursue criminal charges in the case.

Oakland linebacker Thomas Howard has signed his restricted free-agency tender.