News and notes following Tom Cable’s press briefing Friday before the Raiders boarded a plane to Seattle:
If all goes as planned, Raiders QB Jamarcus Russell will get a series or two and then begin preparing for the opener against San Diego on Sept. 14. Same with most of the first team offense.
Jeff Garcia will relieve Russell, Bruce Gradkowski will play into early in the third quarter, with Charlie Frye finishing up.
Gradkowski vs. Frye is one of what Cable termed, “one of the great battles that will go on Thursday night,” and give the coach credit _ he said it with a straight face.