The Khalil Mack holdout entered yet another phase Friday, as the Raiders standout defensive end was absent from the team’s first training camp practice in Napa. That was expected, though, given Mack hasn’t participated in any team activities all offseason. The true noteworthy item came from head coach Jon Gruden, who denied an ESPN report
Steve has covered the Raiders in some capacity since their return to Oakland in 1995. He was the full-time beat writer from 1997-2010. for the Contra Costa Times, Oakland Tribune and San Jose Mercury News and covered more than 400 NFL games, including four Super Bowls. He also is the co-author of a recently released book titled "Al Davis: Behind the Raiders Shield."