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Sunday, August 16, 2009
Raiders and Broncos notes

By Bill Williamson

Posted by's Bill Williamson

Jeff Garcia is missing more camp time. Garcia just hasn't gotten enough work to make a strong preseason push at JaMarcus Russell's job. That's a good thing for the Raiders. Russell needs to be the guy and he needs as much practice time as possible.

Plus, Garcia is a professional. If Russell struggles during the season, he'll be ready to go if needed.

Raiders coach Tom Cable hinted that running back Darren McFadden may get 20-plus carries a game. If McFadden can handle it, the Raiders should go for it. McFadden is a special weapon and he can change games. He needs to be on the field as much as possible.

The Denver Post looks at the Kyle Orton-Chris Simms situation. Really, it's not a situation -- yet. But if Orton has another horrible performance like his three-interception preseason debut, the Simms' talk may become more valid.

The Broncos reached an injury settlement with running back Ryan Torain. He was cut Wednesday after he suffered a knee injury. Torain is expected to heal in 3-4 weeks.