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September 30, 2011
NFL affirms Pryor's suspension

ALAMEDA - The NFL affirmed its decision to suspend Raiders rookie quarterback Terrelle Pryor.

Here's a statement from commissioner Roger Goodell:

"I believe it is a fair conclusion that he intentionally took steps to ensure that he would be declared ineligible for further college play and would be able to enter the NFL via the supplemental draft. Taken as a whole, I found that this conduct was tantamount to a deliberate manipulation of our eligibility rules in a way that distorts the underlying principles and calls into question the integrity of those rules."

Pryor is eligible to be activated Oct. 10, a day after the Raiders play at Houston. Pryor is here working out and attending meetings but isn't allowed to practice with the team until the five-game ban is lifted.

September 30, 2011
Chris Johnson out vs. Patriots

ALAMEDA -- Raiders coach Hue Jackson ruled out starting cornerback Chris Johnson and wide receiver Louis Murphy for this Sunday's game against the New England Patriots.

Johnson left Sunday's win over the New York Jets with a hamstring injury.

Rookie corner Chimdi Chekwa seems to be the logical choice to start but Jackson said he'd decide that over an Irish coffee.

Here's the rest of Friday's practice report along with the player's status for Sunday.

September 29, 2011
Wylie's magic works with cards, with the O-line

ALAMEDA - Each week the media is given time with the offensive and defensive coordinator.

This week we were treated to a lesson in leverage and upper and lower body power angles courtesy of Raiders offensive line coach Bob Wylie.

Here's how Wylie broke it down for us media types:

"There's an upper body power angle and there's a lower body power angle. And it's the way it's worked since the good dawn of time. It's the way your body is constructed and I try to teach them how the body works. How you want to segment the upper body power angle from the lower body power angle. And once that happens you're in control."

It's hard to dispute Wylie's philosophy or results through three games.

The Raiders have allowed two sacks (one coming when Jason Campbell tripped over Darren McFadden's foot).

McFadden leads the NFL with 393 rushing yards and the Raiders are atop the NFL with 185 rushing yards per game.

But Wylie is also the team magician, mixing card tricks in with coaching pointers.

"I think the defensive backs really believe it's real," Wylie said. "'Show me another trick, coach. How'd you do that?'"

*The only change to yesterday's injury report is safety Michael Huff (concussion) was held out of practice.

Raiders coach Hue Jackson wouldn't go as far as to call Huff's absence a setback and said the team is being "overly cautious" with Huff.

It sounds as if wide receiver Jacoby Ford (hamstring) and safety Mike Mitchell (knee) will be good to go Sunday against the Patriots.

Linebacker Ricky Brown (concussion), cornerback Chris Johnson (hamstring), wide receiver Louis Murphy (groin), defensive end Matt Shaughnessy (shoulder) and fullback Marcel Reece (ankle) also missed Thursday's practice.

September 28, 2011
McFadden practices, picks up an award

ALAMEDA - Everyone can calm down about Darren McFadden being injured.

He said he was fine on Sunday and nothing has changed since he left Sunday's win over the New York Jets with a tight groin.

"I guess me coming out at the end of the game was just a misunderstanding," McFadden said. "People got it confused or something. I feel OK. I had a good practice today, and I'm just looking forward to this weekend."

McFadden was named AFC Offensive Player of the Week after running for 171 yards and two touchdowns on the Jets. It's the latest in national praise for the fourth-year running back.

September 28, 2011
Mitchell returns to practice

ALAMEDA -- Raiders safety Mike Mitchell joked Monday he'd be surprising us this week. That surprise might have been his return to practice for the first time since training camp.

Cornerback DeMarcus Van Dyke (knee), wide receiver Jacoby Ford (hamstring) and safety Michael Huff (concussion) were also at practice.

Wide receiver Louis Murphy (groin), fullback Marcel Reece (ankle) and defensive end Matt Shaughnessy (shoulder) were not practicing.

*Denarius Moore and Nick Miller alternated fielding punts to start practice.

September 26, 2011
Raiders prep for the Patriots

ALAMEDA - As big as beating the New York Jets was Sunday, the New England Patriots will be in town this weekend.

And even though the Jets - not New England - have lost in the last two AFC Championship games, it's the Patriots who are regarded as the NFL's elite team.

September 25, 2011
Offense taking pressure offense

OAKLAND - The Raiders have a lot invested in their defense. I even thought it would be the strength of the team.

But with injuries in the secondary and coming of a shaky showing last week in Buffalo, the defense is proving it needs a work before it can be classified among the elite.

The offense - has managed to be the reliable unit through three weeks.

The Raiders have 92 points through three games - the most since the Raiders put up 113 in the first three games of the 2002 season.

Hue Jackson has been creative in his playcalling. Quarterback Jason Campbell has taken care off the ball (his only interception came on a Hail Mary at the end of last week's loss at Bufalo). The offensive line has been very good and pass protection has not been a problem (two sacks in three games).

Jacoby Ford's injury hasn't been an excuse. It's just meant more time for Denarius Moore - which is a good thing.

No Kevin Boss at tight end for two weeks wasn't an excuse. And when the Raiders lost last week, the offense did give the defense a lead to protect late.

So while the defense sorts out things, there's a level of comfort knowing a 10-point lead by the opposition doesn't mean game over for the Raiders.

"It feels good but at the same time it kind of makes you feel bad after what they did last week, they put up 35 and we blew an 18-point lead," said defensive tackle Tommy Kelly. "So it feels good, I ain't going to lie, actually having a chance to win and not needing the other team to turn the ball over three or four times just to keep it close."

September 25, 2011
Raiders get "X-rated" in beating the Jets

OAKLAND - Richard Seymour didn't wait until the late-night hour to get "X-rated."

The Raiders defensive tackle was in that mood around 1 p.m. on Sunday when he saluted fans during pregame introductions by crossing his forearms about his head.

"When I throw up the 'X,' that means it's time to put the kids to bed," Seymour said. "It's X-rated out there. That means if you're 13 and under, don't watch this."

It took until the second half for things to get beyond PG-13 for Jets quarterback Sanchez.

The Raiders sacked Sanchez four times in the second half of their 34-24 win over the New York Jets at Coliseum.

September 25, 2011
Jets at Raiders (Raiders lead 24-17 after three quarters)

OAKLAND - Denarius Moore makes a big play - again.

The rookie receiver scored on a 23-yard reverse to give the Raiders the lead. The quarter ended with the Raiders having the ball on the Jets' one-yard line. Antonio Cromartie fumbled the ensuing kickoff and it was recovered by Taiwan Jones.

On the fumble, Cromartie started by kicking the ball and when he tried to pick up the ball and run the ball was knocked loose and recovered by Jones at the 12.

Darren McFadden ended the third with an 11-yard run.

The run by Moore featured a great peel-back block by center Samson Satele on Jets safety Jim Leonhard.

*The Raiders also finally got to Mark Sanchez, with Kamerion Wimbley, Richard Seymour and Jarvis Moss all recording sacks.

*I'll check back in after the postgame locker room. Hopefully by then the internet here will cooperate with me.

September 25, 2011
Jets at Raiders (17-17 at haltime)

OAKLAND - Darren McFadden has already topped 100 rushing yard after his second touchdown run of the day - a 70-yard play that featured great blocks from tight end Kevin Boss and receivers Derek Hagan and Chaz Schilens.

McFadden has 122 rushing yards on just 11 carries.

The Raiders tied the score on a 54-yard field goal by Sebastian Janikowski as the half expired.

*LaDainian Tomlinson has hurt the Raiders in the passing game. He caught an 18-yard touchdown pass against the coverage of linebacker Quentin Groves. Tomlinson has 92 receiving yards on two catches.

*Jason Campbell is 14-of-19 for 97 yards in the first half.

*The Raiders are allowing 4.6 yards per run, but the jets have only run the ball 14 times for 65 yards. Mark Sanchez has thrown or 173 yards (10-of-17 with an interception).

September 25, 2011
Jets at Raiders

OAKLAND - The Raiders opened the game with an impressive drive to take a 7-0 lead on a Darren McFadden two-yard run. The Raiders went 76 yards in five plays, aided by a pass interference call on Jets cornerback Antonio Cromartie.

The Raiders haven't done much on offense since.

*A missed tackle by Rolando McClain on a screen pass to LaDanian Tomlinson got the ball down to the Raiders one. Jets quarterback Mark Sanchez scored two players later on a bootleg.

*Raiders safety Michael Huff left the game with a head injury and was being evaluated. Raiders fullback Marcel Reece also limped off the field.

September 22, 2011
Sunday a sellout, Thursday injury update, etc.

By Matt Kawahara

ALAMEDA -- The Raiders announced today that Sunday's home opener against the Jets is a sellout, meaning it will be televised locally. It's just the second of the last 16 Raider home games -- last year's Nov. 7 game against the Kansas City Chiefs is the other one -- to sell out.

In practice news, receivers Jacoby Ford (hamstring) and Louis Murphy (groin) did not participate Thursday. Murphy already said he will not be able to go this weekend. Darrius Heyward-Bey (knee) did go through the full practice, head coach Hue Jackson said.

Safety Mike Mitchell (knee) also did not participate, Jackson said.

Running back Darren McFadden (shoulder), quarterback Jason Campbell (foot) and cornerbacks Chris Johnson (groin) and DeMarcus Van Dyke (knee) were limited.

September 22, 2011
Thursday practice: Who's missing

By Matt Kawahara

ALAMEDA -- We'll get a more detailed injury report after it's over, but these were the guys not at practice this morning:

WR Jacoby Ford (hamstring)
WR Louis Murphy (groin)
S Mike Mitchell (knee)

Murphy indicated to reporters yesterday that he will not be available Sunday against the Jets.

Safety Jerome Boyd (knee), receiver Darrius Heyward-Bey (knee), and cornerbacks Chris Johnson (groin) and DeMarcus Van Dyke (knee) were at practice with helmets.

Sebastian Janikowski (left foot), who was limited in practice yesterday, is also out there this morning.

September 21, 2011
Corners, receivers missing from practice; Boss back in

By Matt Kawahara

ALAMEDA -- The Raiders were down two cornerbacks at practice on Wednesday -- Chris Johnson (groin) and DeMarcus Van Dyke (leg laceration) did not participate, coach Hue Jackson said.

"It's a concern, but I think we're early in the week, we'll see where we are tomorrow, the next day," Jackson said. "I think hopefully we'll get some of these guys back, get 'em back rolling."

Receivers Jacoby Ford (hamstring) and Louis Murphy (groin) also did not participate, and Murphy told reporters after practice that he "can't go" Sunday against the Jets. Darrius Heyward-Bey (knee) practiced in a limited manner, and could be seen with a helmet catching passes early in Wednesday's practice.

September 21, 2011
No-shows at practice: Ford, Johnson, Mitchell, etc.

By Matt Kawahara

ALAMEDA -- Filling in for Jason Jones around Raiders practice this week. The following players were not seen at practice Wednesday morning:

WR Jacoby Ford (hamstring)

CB Chris Johnson

S Mike Mitchell (knee)

WR Louis Murphy (groin)

Darrius Heyward-Bey (knee) was at practice with a helmet and catching throws from Jason Campbell.

Tight end Kevin Boss (knee) was also on the field with a helmet. Head coach Hue Jackson had said Monday that it "wasn't necessarily a setback" that kept Boss out of the Buffalo game. He said Boss felt "pretty good," and it was Jackson's decision to hold Boss out.

September 16, 2011
Jacoby Ford out for Sunday

ALAMEDA - Starting wide receiver and kickoff returner Jacoby Brown is out for Sunday's game at Buffalo with a hamstring injury.

Raiders coach Hue Jackson did not name a starting receiver or kick returner to replace Ford.

Here's the complete list of injuries, practice participation and their status for Sunday

September 16, 2011
Seymour, Huff back at practice

ALAMEDA -- Defensive tackle Richard Seymour (ribs) and safety Michael Huff (groin) both had their helmets with them for this morning's practice.

One player that did not look ready to go was wide receiver Darrius Heyward-Bey. His left knee was wrapped in tape and he wasn't moving too well. While receivers coach Sanjay Lal threw passes to Chaz Schilens, Heyward-Bey was an observer.

Jacoby Ford (hamstring) wasn't at practice. Neither was Louis Murphy (groin). Safety Mike Mithcell (knee) was working with a trainer away from the practice field.

September 15, 2011
Safety shuffling

ALAMEDA -- Even with Michael Huff (groin) missing a second practice, Raiders coach Hue Jackson "there's a chance" Huff and receiver Jacoby Ford (hamstring) could play Sunday in Buffalo.

"There's always a chance for anything," Jackson said. "But, obviously, as we get closer to the end of the week, there are decisions that have to be made. But, those guys, there's still a possibility."

If Huff can't play, Matt Giordano or Jerome Boyd would start, depending on the offensive set the Bills start the game in.

September 15, 2011
Who's in and who's out at practice

ALAMEDA -- While we won't know the full injury report until after practice, the following players were not participating:

S Michael Huff (groin)
DT Richard Seymour (ribs)
WR Jacoby Ford (hamstring)
WR Louis Murphy (groin)
S Mike Mitchell (knee)

*The Raiders are practicing in full pads today.

September 14, 2011
Injury report with actual injured body parts

Still not sure why Hue Jackson doesn't disclose the full injury report now that the regular season has started. The list is released every day by the league. And here are the injuries for the Raiders:

WR Jacoby Ford (hamstring) Did Not Participate In Practice
S Michael Huff (groin) Did Not Participate In Practice
S Michael Mitchell (knee) Did Not Participate In Practice
WR Louis Murphy (groin) Did Not Participate In Practice
DT Richard Seymour (ribs) Did Not Participate In Practice
QB Jason Campbell (foot ) Full Participation in Practice
CB Joe Porter (concussion) Full Participation in Practice
TE Kevin Boss (knee) Limited Participation in Practice
CB Chris Johnson (groin) Limited Participation in Practice
RB Darren McFadden (shoulder) Limited Participation in Practice
DE Jarvis Moss (foot )Limited Participation in Practice

September 14, 2011
DHB's increasing confidence

By Jason Jones

ALAMEDA - Four receptions for 44 yards.

For Darrius Heyward-Bey, those are confidence-building statistics.

The Raiders third-year wide receiver has been maligned for two seasons for not being the big-play receiver expected of the seventh overall pick in the 2008 NFL Draft.

September 14, 2011
Boss is back, Huff and Ford out

ALAMEDA -- Raiders tight end Kevin Boss was on the practice field this morning with a brace on his left knee. Boss missed Monday's game with a knee sprain.

Safety Michael Huff (groin) and wide receiver Jacoby Ford (hamstring) were not practicing. Safety Mike Mitchell (knee) and wide receiver Louis Murphy (groin) also were not practicing.

Defensive tackle Richard Seymour was on the field but did not have a helmet with him so he's probably being given the day off.

September 13, 2011
Still looking for more in the passing game

ALAMEDA - Some notes from Tuesday's press conference:

The Raiders' improved passing game didn't show up in Monday's win at Denver.

Jason Campbell completed 13 of 22 passes for 105 yards and a touchdown. The leading receiver was Darrius Heyward-Bey with four catches for 44 yards.

September 9, 2011
Huff on the nickel

ALAMEDA -- Raiders defensive coordinator Chuck Bresnahan said safety Michael Huff would be the team's nickel cornerback.

"He'll play in the slot," Bresnahan said. "He'll play our nickel corner, but again we have some things we'll do. He has had a very productive preseason for the limited amount of time that he's done."

So instead of putting rookie DeMarcus Van Dyke on the slot to be targeted by defenses, it will be Huff who deals with those receivers.

So the Raiders third-best corner is their starting free safety.

*As if there was any doubt after missing practice all week, Hue Jackson essentially ruled receiver Louis Murphy (groin), tight end Kevin Boss (knee) and safety Mike Mitchell (knee) out of the season opener.

The trio hasn't practiced all week.

"Probably after today probably not," Jackson said when asked they would play. "But again there's miracles that do happen so we'll see. But again obviously we're getting closer to those decisions being made."

Murphy told reporters he underwent surgery for a sports hernia in training camp. He hopes to play in the home opener Sept. 25 against the New York Jets.

*Running back Taiwan Jones (foot) and receiver Chaz Schilens (knee) were full participants in practice.

September 8, 2011
DHB on speed and more notes from practice

ALAMEDA - It can be fun discussing speed with the Raiders because they draft a lot of fast players.

So, who is the fastest?

One player said he knows the answer.

"I am," said Darrius Heyward-Bey.

What about the facts?

"Technically Jacoby (Ford) has the fastest 40 time but that's by .01," Heyward-Bey said.

Here's the end of a funny exchange between Heyward-Bey and the media about speed and what would happen if there was a race among the fastest Raiders.

(For the record, Heyward-Bey said there hasn't been a race because no one wants to risk injury and any race would have to happen in the offseason).

Q: Would there be 8 guys in the race?
A: We talk about it all the time. We talk about 4x100 teams and who would be on it.

Q: Who's on it?
A: We've got two teams. It's tough. Me, Jacoby, Tyvon (Branch), Louis (Murphy) will always try to throw himself in there. I mean then up there it depends. You've got Stan (Routt), CJ (Chris Johnson), you've got DVD (DeMarcus Van Dyke), you've got the young guy (Taiwan Jones). That fourth spot's a little crazy but I know for sure me and Jacoby would be on the team.

Q: Who would be on the anchor leg, then?
A: They all say they want me to. I'm more comfortable running the second leg. I think that's the fastest guy, runs the second leg. I'm a track guy, I know.

Q: So you're on the record as saying you're No. 1, the fastest guy in here?
A: Yeah. I mean, Jacoby would say he's No. 1 and I'm going to say I'm No. 1.

Q: Actually, Jacoby said 'We're all the fastest.'
A: Oh, well you tell Jacoby I said I'm the fastest.

*Here's the Raiders injury report. It doesn't include the actual injuries. Why? Hue Jackson didn't tell us. But when the NFL releases league-wide injury reports tomorrow, injured body parts should be included. Some guys we know, like Kevin Boss (knee). Others we'll find out later.

WR Derek Hagan (full participation)
WR Louis Murphy (did not practice).
WR Chaz Shcilens (limited)
RB Taiwan Jones (limited)
TE Kevin Boss (did not practice)
LB Darryl Blackstock (full participation)
DT Richard Seymour (full participation)
CB Chris Johnson (full participation)
S Mike Mitchell (did not practice)
CB DeMarcus Van Dyke (full participation)

Here's how Jackson answered my question about if Boss (knee) was out for Monday night in Denver:

"I haven't decided that neither. I just said did not participate. Now tomorrow, if you guys are nicer to me then I'll give you more information. How about that?"

*Jackson didn't reveal all of the team captains, but here they are:

QB Jason Campbell
RB Darren McFadden
P Shane Lechler
RB Rock Cartwright

*Jackson said the Raiders worked out free agent linebacker Tully Banta-Cain but no decision had been made to add the former New England, San Francisco and Cal player.

*Also still no word on the starting wide receivers or punt returner.

September 7, 2011
Schilens is ready for Denver

ALAMEDA - Chaz Schilens missed most of the preseason with a knee injury but he expects to take the field Monday night at Denver.

"I plan to play in the game and I hope everything goes good," Schilens said after Wednesday night's practice.

Schilens said he's not worried about being tentative when he gets back on the field, even though he's battled injuries since coming into the league in 2008.

"Actually, probably the opposite," Schilens said. "I try to come back even harder, so maybe that's why I've gotten myself in some of the problems, but nah, I try not to think about it at all really."

September 5, 2011
Giordano in, Bennett out

ALAMEDA - The Raiders released running back Michael Bennett and re-signed safety Matt Giordano on Monday.

The Raiders have more than enough running backs with Darren McFadden, Michael Bush and Taiwan Jones. There's also special teams leader Rock Cartwright and fullback Marcel Reece.

So what did Giordano show the Raiders after signing during training camp before being cut last Saturday?

"That he'll compete, he's tough," said coach Hue Jackson. "He's played the game at a very high level. He's played on some very good, quality teams. He's a great worker, has good range. He plays safety and can fill in on special teams, so he has some value."

*Jackson wasn't sure if tight end Kevin Boss (knee) would practice Wednesday. Wide receiver Derek Hagan didn't practice today with one of those nicks Jackson talks about, but said he'd be fine.

*Quote of the day has to go to defensive tackle Tommy Kelly when talking about the speed the Raiders have on offense:

"Nah, nah, nah, nah, nah, nah nah, nah...nah. Nah. We pretty fast. But like I said, we've got to execute it. It don't mean nothing. It's like a nice piece of chicken that's sitting on the plate. If you don't even touch it you won't be able to enjoy it. So, you know, we've got to execute the gameplan and whatever coach calls, the line's got to line up there and block, and the quarterback got to put it there on time and the receiver's got to catch it."

September 4, 2011
Jackson announces the starting offensive line

ALAMEDA - The starting offensive line is set:

LT: Jared Veldheer
LG: Stefan Wisniewski
C: Samson Satele
RG: Cooper Carlisle
RT: Khalif Barnes

"I am very happy with those guys, from left to right," said head coach Hue Jackson. "Happy with the guys that we kept here to back up that group. I feel very comfortable and confident with the men that we have playing on the offensive line."

*The Raiders will start practice at 7:15 p.m. three days this week to prepare their Monday night opener.

But does that really help?

"It is what it is," said cornerback Stanford Routt. "You can make it out to be an advantage, you can make it out to be a disadvantage."

*Jackson said the Raiders aren't done looking at ways to upgrade the roster.

"We're never done," Jackson said. "We're going to keep trying to find ways to get this football team better. That's not going to change as long as I'm here, as long as coach allows me to keep scurrying around and see what's out there so we can get our team as good as we can get it."

*Ricky Brown was happy to be back with the Raiders. He said he was at the airport after being let go by New England when he his agent called to tell him the Raiders wanted him back.

"Most of the coaches, I know from the last couple of years," Brown said. "Players, some of my best friends are on this team. It feels good to be back."

*Jackson said he'd announce later in the week the team's top punt returner would be.

*For those wondering, punter Shane Lechler is the emergency quarterback behind Jason Campbell and Kyle Boller.

*Jackson said the Raiders keeping four tight ends isn't an indication that Kevin Boss won't be ready for the season opener. The Raiders also have seven wide receivers and five running backs and one fullback.

September 4, 2011
Brown is back and practice squad set

ALAMEDA - The Raiders 53-man roster that was announced Saturday evening has already been changed.

Linebacker Ricky Brown was signed Sunday and offensive tackle Seth Wand was released.

Brown spent his first five seasons with the Raiders after being undrafted out of Boston College. Brown was in training camp with New England.

Brown adds needed depth and has always been a solid special teams player.

*The Raiders also announced their practice squad:

CB Sterling Moore, DT Jamie Cumbie, DE Mason Brodine, FB Manase Tonga, OL Alex Parsons, TE Kevin Brock, LB J Leman, and WR Eddie McGee

September 3, 2011
Raider cuts announced

Can't say any of these cuts were shocking. The closest would be the decision to let go of quarterback Trent Edwards and go into the season with only two quarterbacks.

Keeping Jerome Boyd was a must with Mike Mitchell still out. Derek Hagan earned a spot. And considering the health of Louis Murphy, the Raiders needed to keep a veteran receiver just in case Denarius Moore looks more like a rookie than he did during training camp.

Lito Sheppard's chances of making the team were slim considering how late he joined the team.

There's still time for the Raiders to make more moves before the Monday Night opener in Denver on Sept. 12. But as of now, the Raiders for 2012 are set.

WR Shaun Bodiford
QB Trent Edwards
S Matt Giordano
G Daniel Loper
CB Lito Sheppard
LB Sam Williams
WR Shawn Bayes
G Roy Shuening
CB Jeremy Ware
TE Kevin Brock
DE Mason Brodine
DB Stevie Brown
DT Jamie Cumbie
LB Chris Francis
LB Bani Gbadyu
DT Derrick Hill
DE Tommie Hill
WR Chad Jackson
LB J Leman
CB Walter McFadden
WR Eddie McGee
CB Sterling Moore
P Glenn Pakulak
G Alex Parsons
RB Louis Rankin
FB Manase Tonga

QB Terrelle Pryor was placed on the reserve/suspended list

September 3, 2011
No official word on Raiders roster

The Raiders haven't released their list of players cut and won't have it available for another hour or two, once the league signs off on the moves.

Raiders coach Hue Jackson still had his conference call as scheduled but would not address roster moves or even who his backup quarterback is.

Aaron Wilson of reports cornerbacks Lito Sheppard, Walter McFadden, Jeremy Ware and safety Stevie Brown are among the Raider cuts.

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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