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PRO FOOTBALL DAILY REPORT : RAIDERS : Hobert Thrilled With Exhibition Outing

It might have been an exhibition game, but to quarterback Billy Joe Hobert it was the highlight of his football career.

Better even than leading the Washington Huskies to 17 victories in a row.

Hobert was accustomed to being a star when he joined the Raiders last season as a third-round draft choice. But he quickly had to learn to accept that his star had, temporarily at least, dimmed because he became the second backup behind starter Jeff Hostetler.

So when Coach Art Shell put Hobert into last Sunday’s exhibition opener against Denver in the third quarter and left him there through overtime--even though the Broncos had their defensive starters back in the game--Hobert was thrilled.

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“It was the most fun I’ve ever had in football,” he said of his march to Jeff Jaeger’s game-winning 39-yard field goal. “I can’t remember having as much fun. It was nice to be out there.”

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Linebacker Aaron Wallace, who sat out Sunday’s game in Barcelona because of a knee injury, was on the field Wednesday and reported no tightness in the knee. Shell said he will start Wallace Sunday against the Dallas Cowboys in Texas if he has totally recovered. . . . Defensive lineman Scott Davis sat out Wednesday’s drills as a precaution. He suffered a leg injury Sunday but missed only one play. . . . James Folston, who filled in for Wallace, said the ankle he sprained against the Broncos has responded well.


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