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ALAMEDA, Calif. — So what if Donald Penn is in his 11th NFL season? The Oakland Raiders‘ Pro Bowl left tackle, whose holdout lasted through training camp and two preseason games, still gets a case of the nerves.

Especially with how little actual football work he got before the season opener against the Tennessee Titans.

“I’m not going to lie to you guys,” Penn told reporters this week, “but I was worried going into that dang game. I played a couple plays in that Dallas [preseason] game and then, in practice, I was pushing myself extra hard, [more] than I usually do, just trying to get ready. Because I really didn’t know.”

Penn said the Raiders’ staff had a plan in place to rotate at left tackle should he have needed a rest. Instead, he played all 66 snaps.

“I got an IV before the game, something I usually don’t do, just to be proactive. And then, once the [game] started flowing, I was surprised,” Penn said. “I was surprised in myself with how good of shape I was in and how I went through that game.”

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ALAMEDA, Calif. — Donald Penn took the practice field for the Oakland Raiders on Thursday for the second day in a row but was not made available to the media.

Penn, per the NFL Network, ended his 26-day holdout incurring more than $1 million in fines but without a new contract and reported to the team facility in hopes of getting a deal done. Still, Penn “may get a few reps” in Saturday’s exhibition at the Dallas Cowboys.

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Only two of DeMarcus Ware’s career 138.5 sacks came against the Raiders. Mark J. Rebilas/USA Today Sports

ALAMEDA, Calif. — Anyone remember that mammoth Troy-Utah State tilt on Oct. 2, 2004?

Donald Penn does, as it was the first time the Oakland Raiders left tackle, playing for Utah State, faced off against DeMarcus Ware, whose Troy Trojans thumped Penn’s Aggies, 49-21, that day.

And Derek Carr, who has only been in the NFL for three seasons but took a memorable hit, or five, from Ware without getting sacked in five games against him, also had a memory, or five of facing Ware.

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