The anatomy of a football melee


The anatomy of a football melee

CINCINNATI -- Tensions were already high on the Raiders sideline midway through the fourth quarter of an eventual 34-10 Cincinnati victory when Lamarr Houston decided to take down Cincinnati quarterback Andy Dalton, well after the whistle had blown the play dead due to a false start on right tackle Andre Smith.A play earlier, the Raiders felt wronged by the inadvertent whistle ruling that gave the Bengals another shot at third down. And a few minutes before, a late clipping penalty called on right guard MIke Brisiel moved the Raiders from the Bengals 27-yard line back to near midfield.So yeah, Houston probably added a little extra oomph to his takedown of Dalton, and the Bengals took exception, with left tackle Andrew Whitworth charging over and getting in Houston's face. The fight ensued, as did the madness. Two Raiders were thrown out of the game -- Houston and defensive tackle Tommy Kelly -- as was Whitworth.Strangely, a trio of Bengals defensive players who left the bench to join the fracas were not penalized -- defensive end Carlos Dunlap, linebacker Manny Lawson and safety Taylor Mays. Even former Raiders coach Hue Jackson, now a Bengals assistant, joined the fray, pulling players out of the scrum. As did current Raiders coach Dennis Allen."You know," Houston said, "it doesn't matter. The game is over now. Give them credit, they played well today. They played well as a team. We'll be back at work on Monday."The Raiders were trailing 27-10 at the time and after the Bengals drove 84 yards, the final score was set. Even if the trash-talking was just getting started."The guy slammed Andy after about four whistles," Whitworth said. "It's my job, my responsibility to keep Andy clean and stay protected. I saw it and just walked up to him and told him to not let it happen (again). And then he head-butted me and three of their other linemen started swinging at me from behind."They were probably looking for a fight because they weren't doing much on the fieldteams like that, the last couple weeks they've had, I'm sure they're frustrated and they were getting beat again."PAUL G'S INSTANT REPLAY: Bengals 34, Raiders 10
Ouch."Whit just protected his guy," Dunlap said. "Al I know is that in a situation like that you've just got to protect your quarterback."I don't think he threw any punches. He just checked out his quarterback."Of course, the Raiders had a different point of view."I just remember one of their guys attacking one of our guys and then our guys defended themselves," said safety Mike Mitchell. "The next thing you know, we get two guys kicked out and they only get one guy kicked out. That is crazy."

Report: Browns have preliminary extension talks with Pryor

Report: Browns have preliminary extension talks with Pryor

Despite the team's overall struggles, fifth-year pro Terrelle Pryor is finding himself in Cleveland.

With his rushing, receiving and even passing contributions, his stock has quickly risen under the Hue Jackson regime. 

The Browns have been impressed enough where they've reportedly had preliminary contract extension talks with Pryor, according to Mary Kay Cabot of

Pryor, 27, is set to be an unrestricted free agent after this season.

The 2016 season, a breakout one for the 6-foot-6 athletic phenom, marks his second in Cleveland. 

Pryor was originally drafted by the Oakland Raiders in the third round of the 2011 NFL Supplemental Draft.  

He started 10 games for the Raiders at quarterback, compiling a 3-7 record, while tossing nine touchdowns to 12 interceptions. 

He was traded away after three largely unsuccessful seasons. 

In Cleveland this year, Pryor is 5-of-9 passing with 44 yards, has 21 rushing yards and a touchdown on eight attempts, and has a 33 receptions on 59 targets for a whopping 477 yards and three touchdowns. 

Injury report: RB Murray questionable, in line to play Sunday

Injury report: RB Murray questionable, in line to play Sunday

ALAMEDA – The Raiders should get Latavius Murray back in time to play the Jacksonville Jaguars.

That’s good news for the running game and the entire Raiders roster, which is surprisingly healthy at this point in the season.

Murray was listed as questionable on Friday’s official injury report but, barring a setback, is expected to play after missing two games with turf toe.

Murray was limited the entire week, but his return to football activity was a productive period.

“I thought he had a good week of practice,” Raiders head coach Jack Del Rio said. “It was nice to have him back.”

Menelik Watson also returned this week, but was limited in each practice and deemed questionable for the game. He may be healthy enough to be active, but it’s uncertain whether he or Austin Howard will start at right tackle.

There are several examples of the Raiders bringing returners back slowly this season. They could make Watson an emergency option behind Howard in hopes of giving him another week to get back in the swing of things.

While there are key players on injured reserve, there was near-perfect attendance for Friday’s walk-thru practice before the team left for Jacksonville.

Brynden Trawick returned for this light session after missing two heavier days, though offensive tackle Vadal Alexander was considered a non-participant.

Raiders Status Report

OL Vadal Alexander (ankle)
RB Latavius Murray (toe), OL Rodney Hudson (knee), OL Gabe Jackson (knee), RB Taiwan Jones (knee), OT Menelik Watson (calf), OL Jon Feliciano (calf), S Brynden Trawick (shoulder)

Jaguars Status Report

OT Kelvin Beachum (knee), DL Jared Odrick (hip), TE Neal Sterling (foot), TE Julius Thomas (ankle)

NOTE: Jacksonville’s CB Prince Amukamara (hamstring), S Johnathan Cyprien (calf), S Tashaun Gipson (knee), RB Corey Grant (toe), WR Rashad Greene (Achilles), WR Allen Hurns (shoulder), DT Abry Jones (hamstring), G Brandon Linder (foot), DT Sen’Derrick Marks (knee) and OT Jeremy Parnell (hip) did not receive an injury designation, meaning they will play.