Allen takes high road on DHB hit


Allen takes high road on DHB hit

ALAMEDA -- Raiders coach Dennis Allen took the high road in his Monday media conference when asked about the clear helmet-to-helmet hit put on receiver Darrius Heyward-Bey by Pittsburgh safety Ryan Mundy the day before in the Raiders' 34-31 victory.Rather than rip or blast, Allen said the most important development was Heyward-Bey expected to make a full recovery after being diagnosed with a concussion and neck strain and spending the night at Eden Medical Center for observation.NEWS: Heyward-Bey released from hospital
"Its the game of football," Allen said. "I dont think people are trying to go out there and hurt people. The safety was playing the game fast and physical. Its a tough game to play when youre making split-second decisions on how you play the game. Its the unfortunate things that happen in this game but we move on from it."No flag was thrown on the play, though it is assumed Mundy will be fined by the NFL for the hit."It's a judgement call," Allen said.Allen said he spoke with Heyward-Bey Monday morning."He sounded tired," Allen said. "But hes doing O.K. He was in good spirits. Hes doing fine and were looking forward to getting him back."Beyond the concussion, the neck strain is an added element the Raiders have to factor in when it comes to a prognosis for Heyward-Bey's return."Hes a guy that were going to have to continue to evaluate and see where hes at," Allen said.With Heyward-Bey's availability in question this weekend in Denver, Allen was also asked if the Raiders and general manager Reggie McKenzie would scour the wires for another wide receiver."That's a potential," Allen said. "We'll look at that. Reggie and I will get together and talk personnel probably this afternoon, so we'll see."Less then two weeks ago, though, McKenzie nixed the idea of Terrell Owens, Chad Johnson andor Plaxico Burress.And while the situation has changed, it seems more likely the Raiders simply elevate rookie Juron Criner, who was a healthy scratch against the Steelers, especially with a bye week following the Broncos game.

Raiders LT Donald Penn, WR Amari Cooper to skip Pro Bowl

Raiders LT Donald Penn, WR Amari Cooper to skip Pro Bowl

The Raiders had an NFL-best seven players on the initial Pro Bowl roster. The number planning to play in the league’s all-star game continues to dwindle.

That total's down to three after left tackle Donald Penn and receiver Amari Cooper bowed out. Penn won’t be ready after suffering a knee injury in the regular-season finale, an ailment that kept him out of a playoff loss at Houston. Cincinnati’s Andrew Whitworth will take Penn’s place.

Cooper battled a shoulder injury late last season, though it's uncertain exactly what is keeping him from the game. 

In addition to Penn and Cooper, Quarterback Derek Carr obviously can't play while recovering from surgery to repair a broken fibula. Edge rusher Khalil Mack also bowed out recently with what is believed to be a minor back injury.

There’s a possibility a fifth Raider will also excuse himself. Center Rodney Hudson suffered an ankle injury in the playoffs. It remains uncertain whether he’ll play in the Pro Bowl.

Safety Reggie Nelson and left guard Kelechi Osemele remain firmly in the fray at this stage. 

Source: Raiders, OL coach Mike Tice agree on new deal

Source: Raiders, OL coach Mike Tice agree on new deal

Mike Tice’s contract expired shortly after this season’s end, but there was strong belief he would retain his post with a new deal.

A league source confirmed Wednesday that a new deal was in place for Tice to remain with the Raiders. The exact length of the contract was not disclosed. Assistant coach contracts are typically set for two years, though they can be three in some cases.

Tice was the first assistant Jack Del Rio hired after being named Raiders head coach. The two are long-time friends, dating back to days playing for the Minnesota Vikings in the 1990s.

Tice was Del Rio’s assistant head coach for three seasons in Jacksonville, which made him a natural fit for a new project in Oakland. It was a smart hire. Tice has been excellent as Raiders offensive line coach, managing and scheming for one of the NFL’s best position groups.

ESPN first reported the Tice agreement.

While offensive coordinator Bill Musgrave was allowed to leave on an expired contract and is now Denver quarterbacks coach, the rest of the Raiders offensive staff remains intact.

Quarterbacks coach Todd Downing was promoted to offensive coordinator and his assistant Jake Peetz assumes his old post.

The Raiders still have a vacancy on the defensive side, with Marcus Robertson out and on to the Broncos staff.