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Fist Fights a Given: Raider's Coach

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    Head coach Tom Cable predicts fights.

    If you're an Oakland Raiders fan disappointed that Raiders' first day of full-contact training camp practice resulted in no actual fights, head coach Tom Cable says not to worry. The fights, brawls, extracurriculars, and fisticuffs will start soon enough, Cable promised.

    "I think that's going to come when they get a little hotter, a little more tired, a little more ornery," Cable told the Oakland Tribune, following Monday's practice. "That's football. It will happen. I'm not really worried about that too much."

    Just to clarify -- Coach Cable is not talking about position battles here. He's talking about actual fights.

    And while no actual punches were thrown Monday, several Raiders were admonished for too throughly cleaning a teammate's clock.

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    "Michael Bush is extremely physical and during one-on-one drills with linebackers he pancaked a couple of players," Henry Wofford said from on the spot with Comcast Sports Net Bay Area.

    "(Safety Mike) Mitchell told by coaches to bring it down a notch," according to SF Chronicle Raiders writer Vittorio Tafur's Twitter feed.

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    If you're disappointed with the lack of fights thus far, on Tuesday your odds get better. Because now the Raiders begin two-a-days.

    Joe Kukura is a freelance writer who would direct you to Thoughts From the Dark Side's list of the Raiders' "Most Likely Scufflers as Contact Drills Start" list.