ALAMEDA -- Of course the main goal for the Raiders this weekend should be to beat San Diego on Sunday and hold out hope for things to fall in a manner that allows them to get into the playoffs.But how satisfying would it be for all involved to see Michael Bush gain 89 yards on the ground against the Chargers to get to 1,000 yards for the season, the benchmark for any NFL running back, especially since Bush did not become the starter until Week 9?"Oh gosh, for him personally, it's well deserved," said Raiders offensive coordinator Al Saunders. "And he's been a workhorse for this football team since he's been here and this is the first time he's had an extended opportunity to be a starter and I think our offensive line is excited about the possibility of him reaching that (milestone) and we're all excited for him, too, so hopefully that will happen."Bush is a superstitious-type, ever since he broke his leg as a senior in college at Louisville. So don't expect him to weigh in on such things.But his offensive line would love nothing more than to see a 1,000-yard season for him."It would be great," said center Samson Satele. "He's kind of quiet about it, but I know he wants it, and we want it, too, as bad as he does."When we run the ball and run the ball good, we're unstoppable. Once we get that big boy rolling, we're unstoppable."At San Diego on Nov. 10, Bush rumbled for 157 yards on the ground, 242 yards from scrimmage, the most by a Raiders player since Art Powell had 247 all-purpose yards in 1963."They're going to have something different," Satele said of the Chargers. "We ran the ball a lot and got a lot of yards, so they're going to have something different out there. But Bush will make them pay for that."Bush replaced Darren McFadden after he went down with what the Raiders deemed a "mid-foot" sprain of his right foot against Kansas City on Oct. 23."That's why it's so difficult in this league to be the lead back and the lead ballcarrier for game after game after game," Saunders said. "You need to have some people that can go in and spell him. He's been a workhorse, there's no doubt about that. Defensive coaches generally look at what you do well and take away that first."Bush had consecutive 30-carry games against San Diego and Minnesota, but has seen his yards-per-attempt fall accordingly."In this league, each week, you don't get any healthier. You usually either maintain what you are or you're a little sore, a little beat up and he's had a lot of hits. How does that equate to his production? We think he's been very productive. Maybe not number-wise, but certainly in what he's been asked to do. But it takes a toll on you after a while."
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 Cleveland.com.
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.
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.