For a man who has done his best to create a drama free locker room, Tom Cable is now in the middle of the most salacious story involving the Oakland Raiders in 2009.
According to a report, Cable punched defensive assistant Randy Hanson during an argument on August 5th at the team hotel in Napa.
While the full details of the damage inflicted by Cable’s Romanowski handshake are not known, the Napa Police are calling the matter closed unless Hanson opts to press charges.
The Raiders have an afternoon practice scheduled today and Cable is sure to be grilled by the media afterwards.
There is no word yet on how Cable’s punch ranks in the Raider record book. Certainly it is nowhere near close enough to challenge what Bill Romanowski did to Marcus Williams. One can assume that Cable’s effort landed flush and inflicted more damage than the punch that Terdell Sands dropped on Shane Lechler during the flight back from Denver last year. The only thing that this incident has exposed is yet another good reason to cut Terdell Sands. Cable’s punch sent Hanson to the hospital for X-rays and Sands wasn’t even able to deter the punter from finishing his in-flight meal after getting cold cocked.
No wonder Cable punched Hanson in front of defensive coordinator John Marshall. If the head coach is more physical than the defensive line then there is little guess work involved in solving the Raiders deficiencies against the run.
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