Branch's 57-game starting streak comes to an end

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Branch's 57-game starting streak comes to an end

OAKLAND -- Tyvon Branch's 57-game streak of starting for the Raiders has come to an end as the franchise-tagged strong safety was on the list of inactive players for Oakland for it game against New Orleans.Branch, who was slapped with the franchise tag in the offseason before signing a long-term deal, tweaked his neck in last week's game at Baltimore. Mike Mitchell will start in Branch's place.RELATED: Key matchup No. 1 -- Mike Mitchell vs. Jimmy Graham
Running backs Darren McFadden (ankle) and Mike Goodson (ankle) and defensive tackle Richard Seymour (hamstringknee) were already declared out on Friday. Marcel Reece will start at running back, with Owen Schmitt replacing Reece at fullback while Desmond Bryant will start for Seymour for the second week in a row.The rest of the Raiders inactives then -- quarterback Terrelle Pryor and offensive linemen Lucas Nix and Willie Smith, which means that Khalif Barnes will start at right tackle for the first time since going down with a groin injury in Week 2 at Miami.Also, receiver Darrius Heyward-Bey, who strained a hamstring in practice on Wednesday and did not practice Thursday or Friday, is active. As is newly-signed linebacker Omar Gaither, who was signed with Travis Goethel going on season-ending Injured Reserve this week.The Saints inactives -- receiver Greg Camarillo, cornerback Corey White, running back Darren Sproles, linebacker Scott Shanle, tackle Zach Strief, defensive tackle Tyrunn Walker and defensive end Junior Galette. Charles Brown will start at right tackle for Strief.

Oakland police credit Raiders QB Derek Carr for helping find missing child

Oakland police credit Raiders QB Derek Carr for helping find missing child

Raiders quarterback Derek Carr has 247,000 Twitter followers and, given his popularity in the Bay Area, it’s assumed a significant portion stems from this region.

Carr put that megaphone to good use.

Oakland Police sent out an Amber Alert on Saturday hoping to find a young boy gone missing, and Carr retweeted that call for public assistance.

The boy was quickly found after a citizen replied on Twitter and provided information that led to the rescue.

That led an Oakland police officer to credit Carr for helping find the boy.

Carr responded to the news on social media, happy police were able to find a missing child.

Raiders S Karl Joseph named to PFWA All-Rookie team

Raiders S Karl Joseph named to PFWA All-Rookie team

Injury issues bookended Karl Joseph’s rookie year. The Raiders brought their first-round strong safety along slowly while recovering from ACL surgery, keeping him out of defensive action during 2016’s first two games. He missed four at regular-season’s end with a toe injury.

In the middle he played just fine. Joseph was solid against the run and impactful playing deep, allowing him and veteran Reggie Nelson to remain unpredictable in deep coverage.

Joseph finished the year with 60 tackles, an interception and six passes defensed.

That was good enough for recognition on the Pro Football Writers of America’s All-Rookie team, which was released on Tuesday following a vote of the association’s membership.

Dallas Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott and Los Angeles Chargers defensive end Joey Bosa were the offensive and defensive Rookies of the Year, respectively.