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October 31, 2011
Houshmandzadeh latest former Bengal to get a look

ALAMEDA - Are the Oakland Raiders becoming Bengals-West?

The Raiders traded for Cincinnati quarterback Carson Palmer two weeks ago and signed former Bengals safety Chinedum Ndukwe.

Tomorrow the Raiders will workout former Bengals wide receiver T.J. Houshmandzadeh.

October 31, 2011
Lito back?

ALAMEDA -- There's a new player at Raiders practice wearing No. 21 that looks a lot like cornerback Lito Sheppard.

We have not received confirmation that it is Sheppard, who was with the team in training camp. He played in the Raiders final preseason game after being signed late in camp and being released before the start of the season.

(Update: The Raiders confirmed Sheppard has been re-signed).

Cornerback Chimdi Chekwa (hamstring) was not practicing during the portion of practice open to the media. Neither was linebacker Rolando McClain (ankle) or running back Darren McFadden (foot).

Fullback Marcel Reece (ankle) was back at practice. He has been out for more than a month when he was injured during the Raiders Week 3 win over the New York Jets.

October 23, 2011
Palmer plans to work during the bye week

OAKLAND - The Raiders are now Carson Palmer's team after he made his debut in their 28-0 loss to the Kansas City Chiefs at O.co Coliseum.

If there was any doubt (and there shouldn't have been) coach Hue Jackson confirmed Palmer will be the starter Nov. 6 when the Raiders host the Denver Broncos.

Palmer's debut was not impressive (8-for-21, 116 yards, three interceptions). But he admittedly said he only knew three or four pass protections and had a limited playbook.

"That makes it difficult," Palmer said. "But really it's just reps with personnel. Just timing and rhythm. You got to know who's playing N, and who's playing Y, who's playing strong-side receiver and who's playing weak-side receiver. Then start piecing it together with individuals in their roles. There's a slot receiver a tight end... so that's something I've got a lot of ground to make up on. And I will. It's not bye week for me, that's for sure."

Palmer wasn't going to save the Raiders, entering a game down 21-0. Palmer expects to use the practice time he has this week before the Raiders take four days off.

Palmer said he'd be "grinding" at the team facility trying to get all he could in in time for the Broncos.

"This bye week couldn't be at a better time," Palmer said. "It's enough time to get work in early next week with these young guys and get the playbook down and then have Monday and Tuesday when we get back from the bye to get even more in with these guys, and really the game week for Denver starts Wednesday so it's going to be a very important week for this team but also a very important week for me."

*Running back Darren McFadden (foot), tight end Kevin Boss (concussion), middle linebacker Rolando McClain (lower leg) and safety Matt Giordano (neck spasms) did not finish the game.

October 23, 2011
Palmer debuts, Raiders still trail

OAKLAND - After another ineffective drive to start the third quarter, Kyle Boller was benched in favor of Carson Palmer. The move, however, has not led to any points and the Raiders trail 21-0.

Palmer completed three of seven passes for 46 yards. He entered the game down 21-0, and with only three practices. So there was no reason to expect Palmer to save the Raiders in Tim Tebow-like fashion.

Javier Arenas scored on a seven-yard run to add to the Chiefs' lead.

Darren McFadden still has not returned to the game. Safety Matt Giordano (neck) is also out for the game.

October 23, 2011
Boller's three INTs help keep Raiders in a hole


OAKLAND - Kyle Boller is up to three interceptions the Raiders continue to hurt themselves with fundamental mistakes.

But the game is still within reach, with the Kansas City Chiefs leading 14-0.

Boller is 7-of-11 for 61 yards with three interceptions. Boller's third interception ended a chance for the Raiders to score before halftime.

The Raiders had a chance to score but bungled a fourth-and-goal from the one. Michael Bush was lining up at quarterback but called a timeout with the play clock running down. The Raiders still went with Bush at quarterback and he was stuffed short of the goal line.

Other mistakes include Denarius Moore allowing two punts to be fielded inside the five by the Chiefs.

Also the injuries are piling up. Running back Darren McFadden did not play in the second quarter because of a right ankle injury. Middle linebacker Rolando McClain also limped off the field and did not return.

October 23, 2011
Raider fall behind after two INTs

OAKLAND - The Raiders have gotten a heavy does of bad Kyle Boller to fall behind 14-0.

Boller ihas officially completed two of his four passes. Boller's other two passes were intercepted. The first interception was returned 59 yards by safety Kendrick Lewis for a touchdown.

The second interception led to a one-yard touchdown run by Le'Ron McClain.

After each interception there were boos and chants of "Carson Palmer."

Palmer is active, but has not played. Terrelle Pryor has, though.

Pryor lined up at wide receiver, went in motion and lined up to take a quarterback sneak on third and one. But he was called for a first start for not being set at the snap. Boller's first interception came after that play.

October 23, 2011
In-game commentary from Raiders, Chiefs writers

See live commentary from Jason Jones, Matt Kawahara and The Kansas City Star's Chiefs writers during today's game.

October 23, 2011
Raiders, Chiefs inactives

All three of the Raiders' healthy quarterbacks are active, and there's still no official word on a starter. Carson Palmer is listed first on the depth chart on the team's game card -- though it's probably not worth reading too much into that. Kicker Sebastian Janikowski is not active, still nursing a left hamstring injury. Newly acquired kicker Dave Rayner is wearing No. 5.

The Raiders' inactives are:
QB Jason Campbell (clavicle)
K Sebastian Janikowski (left hamstring)
CB Chimdi Chekwa (hamstring)
CB Chris Johnson (groin, hamstring)
FB Marcel Reece (ankle)
G Bruce Campbell
WR Chaz Schilens (groin)

The Chiefs' inactives are:
WR Jeremy Horne
QB Ricky Stanzi
S Reshard Langford
T Steve Maneri
WR Jerheme Urban
DL Brandon Bair
DL Jerrell Powe

-- Matt Kawahara

October 22, 2011
Campbell reacts to Palmer trade

Jason Campbell was hadn't fully regained his senses when he realized he'd been replaced as the Raiders starting quarterback.

After surgery on his broken collarbone Monday, Jason Campbell found out watching television that the Raiders had sent a first-round pick and conditional second-round draft choice to Cincinnati for quarterback Carson Palmer.

"I was halfway still on pain medicine," Campbell said on 95.7 FM Friday. "It was kind of a moment of silence. My fiancee looked at me to see if I was gonna say something. There's different things that go through your mind but you don't want to fill your mind with those thoughts."

Campbell hopes to be back in six weeks but by then the starting job will probably belong to Palmer, who is signed through 2014.

Campbell said he spoke with coach Hue Jackson Friday.

"He was like, 'I still believe in you. We brought you here, and you've done everything we've asked you to do, you know, helped turn the franchise around. You're winning, you're playing good.'

"And he was like, 'Don't get frustrated and get caught up into the things that are being said as far as a political standpoint and what you're hearing from a day-to-day basis. Just focus on getting back healthy and move forward.'"

Moving forward will probably result in Campbell moving on to a new team next season. He will be a free agent.

October 22, 2011
Kicker Rayner added to the roster

The Raiders signed kicker Dave Rayner Saturday. The Raiders waived defensive back Ron Parker to make room for Rayner on the roster.

Rayner was one of three kickers the Raiders worked out after Friday's practice. Sebastian Janikowski has a left hamstring injury and it appears he won't play in Sunday's game against the Kansas City Chiefs.

Rayner's last regular season game was Jan. 2, 2011, when he made a 55-yard field goal for the Detroit Lions.

Rayner was cut by the Dallas Cowboys before the 2011 season.

Parker played in three games for the Raiders after being signed to the practice squad. It would not be a surprise to see Parker re-signed soon.

The Raiders have a bye after the Chiefs game and assuming Janikowski is healthy the Raiders would not keep two kickers on the roster.

October 22, 2011
Kicker Rayner added to the roster

The Raiders signed kicker Dave Rayner Saturday. The Raiders waived defensive back Ron Parker to make room for Rayner on the roster.

Rayner was one of three kickers the Raiders worked out after Friday's practice. Sebastian Janikowski has a left hamstring injury and it appears he won't play in Sunday's game against the Kansas City Chiefs.

Rayner's last regular season game was Jan. 2, 2011, when he made a 55-yard field goal for the Detroit Lions.

Rayner was cut by the Dallas Cowboys before the 2011 season.

Parker played in three games for the Raiders after being signed to the practice squad. It would not be a surprise to see Parker re-signed soon.

The Raiders have a bye after the Chiefs game and assuming Janikowski is healthy the Raiders would not keep two kickers on the roster.

October 21, 2011
Raiders looking at kickers

ALAMEDA - Sebastian Janikowski's left hamstring might hurt more than the Raiders want to let on.

The Raiders worked out kickers Rhys Lloyd, Ricky Schmitt and Dave Rayner after Friday's practice.

"We'll always make sure we protect our football team," Jackson said while not indicating if he thought Janikowski would be out.

Janikowski is officially listed as questionable for Sunday's game against the Kansas City Chiefs.

Jackson said his decision to go for it on fourth-and-1 against Cleveland or to try the fake field goal had nothing to do with Janikowski being injured during the game.

*There is still no announcement from Jackson on who will be the starting quarterback Sunday. Kyle Boller and Carson Palmer have both taken first-team reps.

Jackson has not ruled out playing more than one quarterback. So Terrelle Pryor is still in the mix at some point, but it would still be surprising to see Pryor play this weekend with Boller established with the team and Palmer needing any work he can get to get caught up after missing six weeks of the season.

*Linebacker Rolando McClain (ankle) did not practice and is questionable.

"I think he's not as well as he was a week ago, you know, and so I want to make sure that we're very cautious with him," Jackson said. "Sometimes there's a little bit more rest to it too. So I think it's a combination of both. But still I want to make sure that we're putting healthy football players out there. If he's not healthy enough to go, we won't let him go."

*Only quarterback Jason Campbell (broken collarbone) and cornerback Chris Johnson (groin, hamstring) have been ruled out for the Chiefs game.

October 21, 2011
Janikowski at practice, not kicking

by Matt Kawahara
mkawahara@sacbee.com

ALAMEDA -- Kicker Sebastian Janikowski (left hamstring) was on the Raiders' practice field feeding footballs into a machine during kickoff drills this morning, though not kicking.

National media reports have raised questions about Janikowski's availability for Sunday's game against the Kansas City Chiefs, saying the Raiders were bringing in kickers for tryouts Friday. No other kickers were seen during the window of practice media was allowed to watch.

Janikowski was limited in practice Thursday after not showing up on the injury report Wednesday. The ninth-leading scorer in the NFL this season, with 52 points, Janikowski has converted 12-of-13 field goals and 16-of-16 extra points.

Meanwhile, cornerback Chimdi Chekwa (hamstring), who has not played in the last two games, jogged onto the practice field with a helmet. Running back Rock Cartwright (calf) was also practicing.

Linebacker Rolando McClain (ankle), safety Michael Huff and cornerback Chris Johnson (groin, hamstring) were not participating. Marcel Reece (ankle) was jogging off to the side.

October 20, 2011
Who's in, out, at practice

by Matt Kawahara
mkawahara@sacbee.com

In for Jason today. Didn't see the following players practicing:

RB Rock Cartwright
FB Marcel Reece
LB Rolando McClain
CB Chimdi Chekwa
CB Chris Johnson

It looked like Reece was one of several players jogging on a side field. McClain was around the practice field without a helmet. Kyle Boller took the first snap at quarterback.

October 19, 2011
Plenty of praise for Palmer

ALAMEDA - The reviews of Carson Palmer's first day of practice were all positive.

The media was only around long enough to see Palmer throw one pass, a short pass to a running back.

But everyone seems to like Palmer.

October 19, 2011
Shaughnessy done for the season

The Raiders placed starting defensive end Matt Shaughnessy on injured reserve with a shoulder injury, ending his season.

The move freed up a roster spot for quarterback Carson Palmer, who came to the Raiders in a trade from the Cincinnati Bengals Tuesday.

Shaughnessy started the first three games of the season and was injured during the Raiders Week 3 win over the New York Jets.

Shaughnessy had seven tackles and a sack this season.

October 18, 2011
No longer retired Palmer ready to play

ALAMEDA - Carson Palmer said he still has the passion to play football.

That's a fair question considering Palmer, the former two-time Pro Bowl quarterback, was willing to sit out this season instead of playing for the Cincinnati Bengals.

"I hoped (to play this season)," Palmer said. "I definitely hoped. I definitely wanted to. I just didn't know if a trade was going to happen."

The Raiders made Palmer's hope a reality Tuesday when they acquired him for a first round pick in 2012 and a conditional second round pick in 2013.

If the Raiders play in the AFC Championship game in either of the next two seasons, the Bengals receive a first round pick in 2013.

Palmer declined to discuss what made being a Bengal so bad that he would rather not play football. Palmer said it was simply time to move on.

"For me to go into certain aspects of what happened in the past, that's the past to me now," Palmer said. "I'm looking toward the future, I'm looking to tomorrow morning, starting meetings and getting out there to practice and the next however many weeks this season lasts. That's what I'm focused on, that's what I'm worried about right now."

Palmer said it would be up to coach Hue Jackson to decide when he makes his debut. Jackson, of course, was giving no hints when asked if Palmer would start against the Kansas City Chiefs.

Kyle Boller was slated to start before today's trade.

"I'm not going to let that out of the bag just yet," Jackson said. "But you've got to be ready for anything from me. I think you know that. We'll see as we continue to move through the week exactly where we are."

October 18, 2011
Carson Palmer deal is official, Gannon approves

The Raiders acquired quarterback Carson Palmer from the Cincinnati Bengals in exchange for a first round draft pick in 2012 and a second round pick in 2013. The pick in 2013 reportedly becomes a first round pick if the Raiders win a playoff game this season.

Here's waht SiriusXM NFL Radio host/former Raiders QB Rich Gannon said about the deal:

"Let's start with [Bengals owner] Mike Brown first and foremost. You know, he gets a lot of criticism for the way he's run that organization over the years but he does come out, in this situation, like a genius. I mean, I think he showed great patience, he rolled the dice in a big way, had teams not lost quarterbacks or had a real need, maybe Carson Palmer would've sat the entire year. I think he kinda dug his feet into the ground and said, 'Hey listen, here's how we're going to do this thing, we're not going to deal Palmer.' I think he sent that message out right up to the trade deadline. It's a game of kind of Russian Roulette and it worked out well for him. To think they could pick up a first rounder this year, a potential first round or second round pick next year, I mean, what a great deal for the Bengals."

"Now, on the flipside, let's look at it from the Oakland Raiders' perspective. [Head coach] Hue Jackson goes back with Carson Palmer a long, long way. They were together at USC when Carson was in college, they were together in Cincinnati, they have a very close relationship. My sense is that they were probably talking along the way. I'm sure Carson's reached out to him for advice. I'm not so sure that Hue Jackson was convinced or sold on Jason Campbell. I think that was an Al Davis deal. Hue was doing the best he could. I think when Jason went down this opened up the door [to the] the possibility that they could do something with Carson. I think they got together as a staff, as an organization and said, 'Let's put our best foot forward and let's see if we can address the quarterback situation for awhile.' If they bring in Carson Palmer that's it for Jason Campbell. You're looking at Carson being the starting quarterback there for the next half dozen years. He is 31 years old, some people feel like his best days are behind him, but you look at what the Raiders gave up, not much of a draft left in 2012. The first four picks are all gone; they only have a 5 and a 6 left. I know there was some talk about they explored the possibility of a potential trade with Philadelphia for Vince Young. In my opinion, this is a much better deal for the Raiders. They get Carson Palmer, he can step in there and start tomorrow, he understands the system. I think this is great news if you're a Raiders fan."

October 18, 2011
Raiders making play for Palmer

This definitely qualifies as bold.

ESPN reports the Raiders are on the verge of acquiring disgruntled Cincinnati quarterback Carson Palmer in exchange for a 2012 first-round draft pick and conditional 2013 first-round pick.

The moved would leave the Raiders without a pick in the first four rounds in the 2012 NFL draft, pending compensatory picks for free agents the team lost.

Palmer, a Pro Bowl selection in 2005 and 2006, is under contract through 2014, so this move would essentially end Jason Campbell's time with the Raiders unless he is re-signed as a backup.

Campbell is out with a broken collarbone.

Kyle Boller and rookie Terrelle Pryor are the only other quarterbacks on the roster.

Palmer had said he'd retire rather than play for the Bengals again and the Bengals had said they would not trade him.

But with two first-round picks on the table, the Bengals would have been crazy to say no, considering the team has moved along nicely with rookie Andy Dalton and is off to a 4-2 start.

October 18, 2011
Raiders announce trade for Bengals QB Carson Palmer

Bee sports staff

carsonraiders.jpgThe Raiders confirmed through Twitter just after Tuesday's 1 p.m. NFL trade deadline that they have acquired quarterback Carson Palmer from the Cincinnati Bengals.

While no details of the trade were disclosed on the post, it had been reported earlier in the morning that the Raiders were going to send the Bengals a 2012 first-round pick and another future conditional pick. The story was first reported by FoxSports' Jay Glazer.

October 17, 2011
Safety tweets he is a Raider

Free agent safety Chinedum Ndukwe announced via his Twitter account that he has signed with the Raiders.

The Raiders have not announced a corresponding roster move to make room for Ndukwe on the 53-man roster.

The Raiders waived cornerback Joe Porter Monday to make room for quarterback Terrelle Pryor on the 53-man roster.

Ndukwe was a seventh-round pick of the Cincinatti Bengals out of Notre Dame in 2007. Ndukwe appeared in 53 games with 31 starts. Ndukwe has 7.5 sacks and six interceptions in his career.

October 17, 2011
Campbell having surgery today, hopes to return in six weeks

ALAMEDA -- Raiders starting quarterback Jason Campbell said he would be having surgery today for his fractured right clavicle.

"It was a tough break," Campbell said. "I'm going to stay positive. If everything goes right I could be back in six weeks."

Campbell was injured in the second quarter of Sunday's 24-17 win over the Cleveland Browns when linebacker Scott Fujita landed on him.

Kyle Boller is the starting quarterback. Rookie Terrelle Pryor is the only other quarterback on the roster.

There's still bound to be speculation about whether the Raiders should add a veteran like David Garrard, considering Pryor isn't ready to play yet..

*Cornerback Joe Porter has been released. The Raiders needed to make a roster move to add Pryor to the roster.

October 16, 2011
Raiders QB options? There are plenty ... maybe

Between now and the time I wake up I'm sure any quarterback that's not starting or not on a team will be linked to the Raiders.

So let's have some fun with that.

All we know right now is Kyle Boller is the starter and his backup is a rookie that wasn't allowed at practice until last week.

Here are the Raiders quarterback options, no matter how unrealistic.

October 16, 2011
Kyle Boller, the starting quarterback

OAKLAND - This is Kyle Boller's team.

That's a scary proposition to many Raider fans.

There are already some calling for Terrelle Pryor to play (no way, he's not ready).

October 16, 2011
Campbell fractures clavicle

OAKLAND -- Raiders starting quarterback Jason Campbell suffered a fractured clavicle in the second quarter of the Raiders 24-17 win over the Cleveland Browns.

Campbell left the game with 4:18 left in the first half.

Kyle Boller will be the starter but look for the Raiders to bring in a veteran to back him up. Trent Edwards, who was with the team in training camp is a logical choice.

The Raiders didn't give a timetable for how long Campbell would be out but reports are he will miss the rest of the season.

October 16, 2011
Campbell leaves game with injury

OAKLAND -- Raiders starting quarterback Jason Campbell left the game in the second quarter and was taken to the locker room after being tackled by Cleveland linebackers Chris Gocong and Scott Fujita.

Kyle Boller replaced Campbell. The third quarterback is punter Shane Lechler.

Terrelle Pryor is not active for the game and will not be on the active roster until tomorrow.

October 14, 2011
Some more Curry and some Pryor

ALAMEDA - Aaron Curry appeared happy and relieved.

No longer was the draft bust in Seattle Seahawks. He was the starting weakside linebacker for the Oakland Raiders.

It's not often the fourth overall pick in the NFL Draft is available via trade five games into his third season.

October 14, 2011
Raiders vs. Browns injury report

ALAMEDA - Here's what the injury report for the Raiders looks like:

OUT: TE Richard Gordon (hand), CB Chimdi Chekwa (hamstring), CB Chris Johnson (hamstring), DE Matt Shaughnessy (shoulder).

QUESTIONABLE: RB Rock Cartwright (calf), FS Michael Huff (ankle), LB Rolando McClain (ankle), FB Marcel Reece (ankle).

Cartwright and Reece did not practice this week. Raiders coach Hue Jackson said McClain and Huff would be "fine."

PROBABLE: QB Jason Campbell (foot), DB Matt Giordano (groin/concussion), SS Mike Mitchell (knee), WR Louis Murphy (groin), TE Brandon Myers (ribs), DT Richard Seymour (knee), C Samson Satele (ribs).

BROWNS

QUESTIONABLE: CB Joe Haden (knee), C Alex Mack (illness), LB Titus Brown (ankle), T Tony Pashos (ankle), WR Joshua Cribbs (knee).

PROBABLE: S Eric Hagg (knee).

October 14, 2011
Curry will start at WLB vs. Cleveland

ALAMEDA - After one practice, Aaron Curry will start at weakside linebacker this Sunday when the Raiders host the Cleveland Browns.

Coach Hue Jackson made the announcement after Friday's practice. Curry

"I didn't bring him here to look at him to figure it out or anything like that," Jackson. "He's the starting Will (linebacker) on this football team. Period."

Curry lost his starting job to rookie K.J. Wright in Seattle before being traded to the Raiders this week. Now he's on a new team and starting after picking up his playbook yesterday.

Curry replaces Quentin Groves, who will be Curry's backup and play special teams, likely filling the roles of Bruce Davis, who was cut to make room for Curry.

Curry, the fourth overall pick in the 2009 NFL Draft said he was relieved to have a fresh start after things didn't work out in Seattle.

Curry said starting Sunday would be no problem.

"When you look at it from the outside in it looks weird but I've been practicing all week whether I was wearing blue or whether I was wearing black," Curry said.

Curry's last day with the Seahawks was Tuesday and he was in Alameda on Thursday.

*The following Raiders have been ruled out for the Cleveland game:

TE Richard Gordon (hand), CB Chris Johnson (hamstring), CB Chimdi Chekwa (hamstring), defensive end Matt Shaughnessy (shoulder).

LB Rolando McClain (ankle) and S Michael Huff (ankle) are both questionable but Jackson said both would be "fine" to play.

October 13, 2011
Thursday injury report

ALAMEDA - Michael Huff did not practice today because of his ankle, but coach Hue Jackson said Huff would be "fine."

That doesn't appear to be the case with a few other Raiders who also did not practice.

Jackson said until tight end Richard Gordon can use his broken hand to grab and block it will be hard for him to play.

Defensive end Matt Shaughnessy has been out since Sept. 25 with a shoulder injury with no indication he will be able to play soon.

"I'm not going to say it's going to go on for quite a while," Jackson said. "I think we'll make a good decision here real soon exactly where we are for him."

The Raiders have to announce tomorrow who will be out for Sunday's game against the Cleveland Browns.


Raiders

Did not participate in practice
RB Rock Cartwright (calf)
CB Chimdi Chekwa (hamstring)
TE Richard Gordon (hand),
FB Marcel Reece (ankle)
DE Matt Shaughnessy (shoulder).
S Michael Huff (ankle)
CB Chris Johnson (hamstring)

Limited
C Samson Satele (ribs)
DT Richard Seymour (knee)
LB Rolando McClain (ankle)

Full participation
QB Jason Campbell (foot)
S Matt Giordano (groin/concussion)
S Michael Mitchell (knee)
WR Louis Murphy (groin)
TE Brandon Myers (ribs)

Browns

Did not participate in practice
CB Joe Haden (knee)
C Alex Mack (recovering from appendectomy)

Limited
LB Titus Brown (ankle)
WR Josh Cribbs (knee)
OL Tony Pashos (ankle)

Full participation
SS Eric Hagg (knee)

October 13, 2011
Curry tweets that he is a Raider

ALAMEDA - Thanks to Twitter, we know the trade for Aaron Curry is official.

Curry (@Aaron59Curry) tweeted a picture of himself wearing a Raiders cap while linebacker Bruce Davis tweeted he had been released.

The deal was not official when the media spoke with coach Hue Jackson but he did have a few things to say about Curry.

"He's athletic," Jackson said. "He can run, he tackles, he takes on linemen, he takes on backs. I think he's a really good football player.

Jackson said Curry is versatile enough to play more than strongside linebacker, but wouldn't say where he planned to use Curry.

Curry is the first acquisition made without the approval of owner Al Davis, who passed on Saturday. Curry was the fourth overall pick in the 2009 NFL Draft, but failed to live up to expectations in Seattle.

October 12, 2011
Injury report

ALAMEDA - Here's the latest injury report from the Raiders and Cleveland:


Raiders

Did not participate in practice
RB Rock Cartwright (calf)
CB Chimdi Chekwa (hamstring)
TE Richard Gordon (hand), LB Rolando McClain (ankle)
FB Marcel Reece (ankle)
DE Matt Shaughnessy (shoulder).

Limited
S Michael Huff (ankle)
CB Chris Johnson (hamstring)
C Samson Satele (ribs)
DT Richard Seymour (knee)

Full participation
QB Jason Campbell (foot)
S Matt Giordano (groin/concussion)
S Michael Mitchell (knee)
WR Louis Murphy (groin)
TE Brandon Myers (ribs)

Browns

Did not participate in practice
CB Joe Haden (knee)
C Alex Mack (recovering from appendectomy)

Limited
LB Titus Brown (ankle)
WR Josh Cribbs (knee)
OL Tony Pashos (ankle)

Full participation
SS Eric Hagg (knee)

October 12, 2011
Raiders look to add LB Curry

ALAMEDA -- Fox Sports and ESPN both report the Raiders have acquired linebacker Aaron Curry from the Seattle Seahawks for two draft picks.

The Seahawks reportedly would receive a seventh-round pick in 2012 and a mid-round conditional pick (fourth or fifth round) in 2013 based on Curry's playing time.

The Raiders have not issued a statement on the deal or any related roster moves. Seahawks coach Pete Carroll said in a radio interivew a deal was not done.

Curry has already cleaned out his locker, according to several reports from the Seattle area.

"It's something that's in the works and we'll have to wait and see," Carroll said on
SiriusXM NFL Radio's Movin' the Chains. "There's still some stuff to be done to make that official...It's not official yet."

Curry was the fourth overall pick in the 2009 NFL Draft and adds depth at an area the Raiders need help at.

Curry had been the starting strongside linebacker but lost the job to rookie K.J. Wright, a fourth-round pick from Mississippi State.

The Raiders don't need another starting SLB, considering what they paid Kamerion Wimbley in the offseason.

It's a low-risk deal for the Raiders that could pay off big if they can find a way to get more out of Curry's athletic ability.

Depending on the severity of Matt Shaughnessy's shoulder injury it is possible Wimbley will play more snaps at defensive end, which he does a lot in passing situations.

October 10, 2011
Jackson talks about "Coach" Davis

ALAMEDA -Hue Jackson's press conference today had nothing to do with Sunday's win in Houston. It was all about his relationship with late Raiders owner Al Davis.

Jackson discussed grieving, coaching and going forward this season without Davis.

By the end of the press conference Jackson was overcome with emotion after talking about "Coach" for more than 20 minutes.

October 7, 2011
Tackling remains a priority

ALAMEDA -- Raiders defensive coordinator Chuck Bresnahan spoke with the media following Friday's practice.

He's had the misfortune of being on the podium after the Buffalo and New England games -- the two worst defensive showings of the season.

Bresnahan said tackling was a major emphasis this week:

October 6, 2011
Jackson to focus more on defense

ALAMEDA - Don't blame the players or the defensive coaches for what's gone wrong on defense.

Hue Jackson said he prefers to let his coaches coach. But he's being proactive when it comes to the defense, which ranks 29th in total defense and is near or at the bottom of several other categories through four weeks:

"Obviously my side of the ball is on offense, but I look at it all. I'm not going to sit up here and say I'm void of what's going on on defense, hey, I'm the biggest culprit too, I'm the head coach of this football team, so I've spent more time over there, I'll tell you that. And I plan on spending more. If that's what I got to do, that's what I got to do. Whatever it takes to get this team where it needs to be is what I'm going to do, and it starts with me and filters down to the rest of the coaches, but I mean, if anyone is going to point a finger, point it at me because I'm the one that spearheads it all and I've got to get it fixed."

October 5, 2011
WR Murphy returns to practice

ALAMEDA - The Raiders had all six of their wide receivers at practice for the first time this season with Louis Murphy back at practice.

Murphy had sports hernia surgery Aug. 17 during training camp and has been out since.

"We'll see how (Murphy) feels tomorrow," said Raiders coach Hue Jackson. "Again, that's his first extended practice, so until tomorrow we'll get an idea what he really feels like and go from there."

October 5, 2011
Catching up with Kubiak

ALAMEDA - Today is conference call day with the opposing team. Local media spoke with Houston Texans coach Gary Kubiak this morning. Running back Arian Foster is still to come.

Here's Kubiak on this season's Raiders:

"They're obviously running the ball extremely well, with big-play capability. Their kicking game is always excellent - their punter and kicker are as good as there is in football - and defensively, up front, they're getting after people, causing havoc and they're very good up front. And anytime you play the Raiders, you better be able to beat man coverage. They're off to a good start, they've played a very tough schedule with the Jets and New England back-to-back and we know we're going to get a big test out of them."

October 3, 2011
Looking for more from McClain and Jackson's big expectations

ALAMEDA - As the Raiders continue to struggle on defense, the spotlight will only become brighter on middle linebacker Rolando McClain.

"I think he's doing fine," said Raiders coach Hue Jackson. "We all wish that he made more plays. We all do. Every player wishes they made more plays. You want to go home feeling like the player of the game when you play. But we need to turn it up."

There's a lot of pressure on McClain, but it's fair to expect more from the eighth overall pick in the 2010 NFL Draft.

October 2, 2011
"Bonehead" play, phanton penalty and more

OAKLAND - Last Wednesday Jason Campbell said all it would take was a loss today before everyone starting talking about the "Same old Raiders."

There were signs of those Raiders that were losers of 10 or more games a season most of the last decade.

The Raiders still can't stop the run. And the offense took a turn for the worse starting with what Jason Campbell called his "bonehead" interception in the second quarter in Oakland's 31-19 loss to the New England Patriots Sunday at O.co Coliseum.

October 2, 2011
Raiders down 24-13 after three

OAKLAND -- Stevan Ridley scored on a 33-yard run to help the Patriots build on their halftime lead.

The Raiders appeared to be in position for a touchdown when Kyle Arrington was called for pass interference. The officials then discussed the play and decided the players' feet were tangled and there would be no penalty. Instead of first-and goal, the Raiders had to settle for a field goal.

The Patriots suddenly have a good running game against the Raiders' defense. New England has 140 rushing yards on 17 attempts, a robust 8.2 yard average.

October 2, 2011
Raider errors help Pats take 17-10 halftime lead

OAKLAND - The Raiders probably should be no worse than down a point to the New England Patriots. But the Raiders are intent on dong whatever they can to help the Patriots.

The latest gift came courtesy of Raiders quarterback Jason Campbell. On second and goal from the six, Campbell (I assume) wanted to throw the ball out of bounds. Instead he threw the ball directly to Patriots safety Patrick Chung. There wasn't a Raider anywhere near Chung.

That set up a late field goal or the Patriots to give them a 17-10 halftime lead.

That's about all Campbell did wrong in the first half. He's 11-for-15 for 144 yards. Darren McFadden has run for 57 yards in eight carries. Michael Bush scored on a one-yard run in the second quarter.

*To go with the help the Pats theme, the Raiders also have seven penalties for 70 yards.

*The Patriots, as expected, are going after the Raiders through the air. But Tom Brady has completed just eight of 17 passes for 121 yards and a touchdown. Wes Welker has three catches for 60 yards. Chad Ochocinco has two catches for 26 yards.

BenJarvis Green-Ellis has a touchdown run for the Patriots.

October 2, 2011
Patriots lead 7-3 after first quarter

OAKLAND - Richard Seymour played it cool this week, trying to give no indication today's game was bigger than any other.

But watching him in the first quarter it's obvious this game means a lot to Seymour. He picked up an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty or slinging Tom Brady to the grass on a play that had been blown dead or delay of game.

Seymour was also flagged for a facemask penalty, giving the Patriots 30 yards in penalties on a drive that ended with a 15-yard touchdown catch by Wes Welker to give the Patriots a 7-3 lead.

The Raiders lone score came on a 28-yard field goal by Sebastian Janikowski on the Raiders opening drive.

That drive stalled when Jared Veldheer was flagged or an illegal block in the back.

*Jason Campbell completed eight of 10 passes for 91 yards. Kevin Boss caught two of those passes for 35 yards to lead the Raides.

*Brady connected on three of five passes for 41 yards and a touchdown.

*Matt Giordano started at free safety for Michael Huff (concussion). Richard Gordon started at fullback for Marcel Reece (ankle). Jarvis Moss started for Matt Shaughnessy (shoulder).

October 1, 2011
Parker in, Miller out

The Raiders signed defensive back Ron Parker to the active roster from the practice squad and released wide receiver Nick Miller.

Parker was signed to the practice squad Monday. With Jacoby Ford looking ready to play he would be the Raiders kick returner. The emergence of rookie Denarius Moore also gave the Raiders an option as a punt returner over Miller.

Miller was inactive in the Raiders' win against the New York Jets.

Depth in the secondary is a concern for the Raiders. Michael Huff (concussion) missed the last two practices and is questionable for tomorrow's game against the New England Patriots.

Cornerback Chris Johnson (hamstring) is out against the Patriots.

With an extra spot on the practice squad, the Raiders could bring back cornerback Sterling Moore, who was cut to make room for Parker on the practice squad.

Parker is a rookie from Newberry College in South Carolina.



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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