ALAMEDA -- Upon entering the Raiders locker room Friday, the talk was about the senseless and tragic events a continent away.
Players had just finished practiced and asked reporters for details about the mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., wondering if the shooter was in custody. They talked amongst themselves about the type of justice they would dole out if they could.
The numbers were stark -- 26 killed, including 20 children between the ages of 5 and 10.
Raiders strong safety Tyvon Branch, who played college ball at Connecticut in nearby Storrs, may have had a different perspective than most in the locker room.
"Yeah, definitely," he said. "I don't care where it is, anytime you hear about something as tragic as kids being killed in school, all you can do is pray and hope everything, you know, hope the Lord works everything out."