Raiders Blog and Q&A

News, observations and reader questions about the Oakland Raiders

October 8, 2007
Front-running Raiders

ALAMEDA – The AFC West leaders are back at work.

The Raiders, like my beloved Cal football team, moved up in the standings by having the weekend off and watching everyone else lose.

Now it’s time to see if the Raiders can actually win a game in the division when the Raiders play San Diego this weekend.

The only players missing from practice were LaMont Jordan and Josh McCown.

Jordan’s back injury will probably keep him down for a few more days and make him a gametime decision. That’s just speculation on my part, based on Jordan’s back being a recurring problem. But that’s more than you’ll probably get from Lane Kiffin later today.

Unless McCown (fractured toe) found a miracle healing balm over the weekend, I can’t see him playing against the Chargers.

*The NFL trading deadline is Oct. 16. McCown’s health will dictate if Andrew Walter is dealt by then.

Carolina and Arizona are two teams in need of another quarterback and Walter is need of a team that wants him.

*For the music lovers out there, the Raiders played some rock music that was unfamiliar to me during stretching. Daunte Culpepper was digging it and Dominic Rhodes had the “totally dude” head nod going.

I was able to catch on when the music switched up to Nas and Lauryn Hill’s “If I Ruled the World.”

I guess the Raiders rule their AFC West world for now. But the bigger question is this: Is a new Lauryn Hill CD ever going to come out?

--Jason Jones

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About Raiders Blog and Q&A

Matt Kawahara was born in Sacramento and attended McClatchy High School and UC Berkeley, where he wrote for the independent student paper The Daily Californian. He graduated from Cal in 2010 and started at The Sacramento Bee as a summer intern. He joined The Bee's sports staff in fall 2011.

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