Raiders Blog and Q&A

News, observations and reader questions about the Oakland Raiders

December 27, 2009
Raiders-Browns pre-game Blog

Greetings from chilly Cleveland. A few random snowflakes are falling, not quite the Winter Wonderland we were expecting here.

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Raiders Inactives - QB Bruce Gradkowski, WR's Darrius Heyward-Bey, Javon Walker and Nick Miller, RB Justin Fargas, OT Khalif Barnes and TE Brandon Myers. J.P. Losman is the third quarterback.

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Follow me on Twitter @paulhgutierrez

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Just spent a few minutes on the sidelines with Lawrence Pervier, a Marysville High School graduate and U.S. Army rifle platoon sergeant who just finished his second tour of duty in Iraq. A lifelong Raiders fan who is based at Fort Bragg, Pervier is taking in his first Raiders game and was presented with field passes for his two sons and father-in-law by Raiders Chief Executive Amy Trask. Pervier said he is scheduled to be deployed to Afghanistan next.

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RB Marcel Reese has been promoted from the practice squad to take the place of the suspended Luke Lawton, who is serving a four-game suspension for violating the NFL's performance-enhancing substance policy.

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Al Davis is not on this trip. Officially, he chose not to come so that his son Mark Davis could take the trip on the team charter, alongside his mother. Last year, Al Davis did not attend the season finale at Tampa Bay, ostensibly for the same reason. Though that game was three weeks after Davis took a nasty spill in San Diego.

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Raiders captains - Michael Bush, Michael Huff, Sebastian Janikowski

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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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