- The Washington Times - Wednesday, August 19, 2009

From combined dispatches

Tom Cable went on the defensive Tuesday, and the NFL said it would investigate reports that the Oakland Raiders’ coach got into a fight that sent one of his assistants to the hospital.

NFL spokesman Greg Aiello said the league is trying to determine what happened.

A day after calling it “an internal issue that we are dealing with,” Cable denied anything transpired at all with defensive assistant Randy Hanson earlier this month. Cable reportedly punched Hanson in the jaw.

“Nothing happened,” Cable told a large swarm of reporters when asked about it following a joint practice with the San Francisco 49ers. “Listen, you want to talk about this football team and the players on this football team, I’ll talk all day. Otherwise, I’m not getting into it.”

A report filed with the Napa (Calif.) Police Department describes an unnamed 41-year-old Raiders assistant coach being treated at the Queen of the Valley Hospital for a jaw injury, which the victim claims was caused by an unidentified member of the Raiders’ coaching staff Aug. 5.

Also, Chaz Schilens, projected to be one of Oakland’s top two receivers, broke a bone in his left foot while running a route during Tuesday’s joint practice.

Cable didn’t provide a timeline for when Schilens might return, but such an injury likely would sideline Schilens at least a month.

BUCS: Safety Tanard Jackson was suspended without pay for the first four games of the regular season for violating the NFL’s substances of abuse policy.

The third-year pro’s suspension begins Sept. 5 and will continue through the Buccaneers’ Oct. 4 game against Washington. He will be eligible to return Oct. 11 against Philadelphia.

Jackson was a fourth-round draft pick out of Syracuse in 2007. He has started every game over the past two seasons.

CARDINALS: It was back to the movies for Arizona.

A year ago, coach Ken Whisenhunt called off practice one day late in training camp and sent his players to the movies. What followed was a season that ended in a surprise run to the Super Bowl.

Being a bit superstitious, the coach decided to stick with the movie break. This time, his players were expecting it, and the coach says it wouldn’t have been pretty if he had tried to hold practice.

The choice: “District 9,” “G.I. Joe, the Rise of the Cobra,” “The Ugly Truth” and “Funny People.”

EAGLES: Michael Vick and several other players will not travel with the team for their preseason game at Indianapolis.

Vick is allowed to travel with the team but is not eligible to play in Thursday night’s game.

Coach Andy Reid does not usually bring players on trips if they are not going to play. Other prominent Eagles not making the trip include running back Brian Westbrook, offensive linemen Shawn Andrews and Jason Peters, and cornerback Sheldon Brown. They are all injured or recovering from injury.

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