Camp Report (826): Raiders break camp

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Camp Report (826): Raiders break camp

Aug. 26, 2011GUTIERREZ ARCHIVE
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CSNCalifornia.comPractice No. 22Summary: For their final practice of training camp in Napa, the Raiders went long and hard and fully-padded, though they did not tackle to the ground. After taking Thursday off, and before a walk-through Saturday at their Alameda compound, the Raiders spent most of the final full practice in front of the media working on special teams and red-zone offense. Plus, there were a couple of new faces in camp in quarterback Terrelle Pryor and cornerback Lito Sheppard. There were some light-hearted moments, as when receiver Chad Jackson was flagged for lining up offsides and Jackson pleaded his case to the rent-a-ref, going so far as to spike his mouthpiece. And when placekicker Sebastian Janikowski nearly took out the Raiders' camera atop the hydraulic lift behind the south goal posts on a 39-yard field goal. But especially when assistant coach, safeties, Kevin Ross berated Jeremy Ware after he dropped an interception in position drills, saying, "JuJu, you spiked it. This ain't volleyball." For a Raiders camp, it was particularly, well, staid. "That's the way it should be," said rookie head coach Hue Jackson. "I don't want drama. It's hard to become a good football team when there's a bunch of drama surrounding your team. We head into this season on a clean slate when it starts."
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Injury report: Defensive tackle Richard Seymour started practice but did not feel comfortable and took the rest of the afternoon off. As such, 16 players sat out practice with various "nicks," including receivers Louis Murphy (hamstringgroin), Chaz Schilens (sprained right knee) and Shawn Bayes, tight end Kevin Boss (left knee sprain), fullback James McCluskey, offensive linemen Lou Eliades, Ben Lamaak and Roy Schuening (left hand), linebacker Travis Goethel (knee), defensive backs Hiram Eugene (dislocated left hip), Chris Johnson (oil change, yes, he said oil change), Mike Mitchell (left knee), Zac Etheridge (knee) and DeMarcus Van Dyke and defensive tackle John Henderson. Offensive play of the day: Is there a better way to end practice for the offense than with a touchdown? Rolling out to his right, Kyle Boller found Rock Cartwright underneath and dumped a pass to him underneath. Cartwright cruised into the end zone untouched and three horns signified the end of practice and thus, the end of camp in Napa.Defensive play of the day: Minutes before the touchdown, though, the defense got the best of the offense. Boller was rolling right and saw receiver Damola Adeniji flash open in the back of the end zone. Boller, though, did not see safety Jerome Boyd spying the play. Boyd jumped the pass and came up with the end zone interception.Returning to work: Middle linebacker Rolando McClain was back on the field after sitting out the previous two practices and enjoying the team's off day on Thursday. Same with rookie tight end David Ausberry. Cornerback Chris Johnson, meanwhile, was working on agility drills on the side.Eye on reps: In his first time under center in his first NFL camp, Terrelle Pryor took 16 snaps as the fourth-string quarterback. He completed four of nine passes, though many of his throws looked like wounded ducks, and fumbled two of his first six snaps from third-string center Alex Parsons, while handing off or pitching the ball on five running plays.Personnel report: Terrelle Pryor got in his first practice less than 24 hours after the third-round supplemental draft pick signed his contract. Also, the Raiders signed 10th-year cornerback Lito Sheppard to provide leadership and depth to the dinged-up and youthful secondary. The Raiders also released undrafted rookie free agent quarterback Jordan La Secla as well as waivedinjured undrafted rookie free agent guard Alan Pelc. The Raiders are at 89 players on their roster -- the max is 90 -- but have to be down to 80 by Tuesday at 1 p.m. PT, and at 53 by 1 p.m. PT on Sept. 3. Also, Ricky Hunley has appeared on the team's Web Site as the team's assistant linebacker coach.Quotable: "Coach won't let me wear No. 2. Why? I don't know. You tell me. He won't let me wear No. 2. I'm just going off what coach tells me." Quarterback Terrelle Pryor, on why he's wearing No. 6, rather than the number he wore in college. As an aside, the last Raiders QB to sport No. 2 was JaMarcus Russell.Next practice: Saturday, closed walk-through in Alameda.

Injury report: Raiders interior D-line ailing; Amerson says he's ready

Injury report: Raiders interior D-line ailing; Amerson says he's ready

ALAMEDA – The Raiders interior defensive line is ailing, with tackles Darius Latham and Stacy McGee ruled out of Sunday’s game against the Buffalo Bills.

They were formally designated unavailable Friday on the team’s official injury report.

The timing isn’t great from a Raiders perspective. They’re facing the NFL’s best rushing attack, and will need others to play more snaps and stop Buffalo’s run game effectively.

Dan Williams and Justin Ellis are effective run stoppers and must carry an increased workload. Jihad Ward and Denico Autry will also work extensively in the middle.

While a significant hamstring injury will forced the Raiders to place DJ Hayden on injured reserve, David Amerson expects to be back after missing last game with a knee injury.

He was limited in practice all week and is considered questionable, but feels good enough to go.

“I feel good, man,” Amerson said. “I'm ready to get back out there and compete.”

They’ll need him and Sean Smith to anchor on the outside, with TJ Carrie now stepping into the slot role.

The Raiders will also be without reserve edge rusher Shilique Calhoun, out a second game after having a procedure on his knee.

Starting interior linebackers Perry Riley and Malcolm Smith are considered questionable with hamstring strains.

Quarterback Derek Carr was a full participant every practice this week and was taken off the injury report. He threw a second straight day without a glove.

Bills head coach Rex Ryan said receiver Sammy Watkins will play on Sunday against the Raiders despite a broken foot. Local reporters have suggested his snap count may be down.

Buffalo will miss cornerback Ronald Darby and receivers Percy Harvin and Robert Woods, who were ruled out with injury.

Bills Injury Report
Out

WR Robert Woods (knee), CB Ronald Darby (concussion), WR Percy Harvin (illness)
Questionable
OLB Lorenzo Alexander (ankle), OT Cordy Glenn (back), S James Ihedigbo (ankle), WR Sammy Watkins (foot), TE Charles Clay (knee), G Richie Incognito (neck), DT Marcell Dareus (abdominal), RB Mike Gillislee (hamstring), S Sergio Brown (wrist), G John Miller (shoulder), WR Marquise Goodwin (wrist)

Raiders Injury Report
Out
LB Shilique Calhoun (knee), DT Stacy McGee (ankle), DT Darius Latham (ankle)
Questionable
CB David Amerson (knee), WR Michael Crabtree (ankle), C Rodney Hudson (knee), RB Latavius Murray (ankle), OL Kelechi Osemele (knee), LB Perry Riley Jr. (hamstring), LB Malcolm Smith (hamstring)

Raiders to place DJ Hayden on injured reserve: 'A big blow'

Raiders to place DJ Hayden on injured reserve: 'A big blow'

ALAMEDA – Raiders cornerback DJ Hayden was a productive member of the Raiders secondary this season. He found a role in the slot and filled it well, playing with aggressiveness and confidence as the team’s third corner.

This was a positive step after injuries and effectiveness plagued the 2013 first round pick early in his NFL tenure. During Sunday’s victory over Carolina, his career took another cruel twist.

He got tangled up with receiver Kelvin Benjamin early in the fourth quarter, landed awkwardly and suffered a hamstring injury that ended his season early.

The Raiders will place Hayden on injured reserve before their home game against Buffalo, head coach Jack Del Rio announced on Friday afternoon.

"He has a substantial hamstring injury, and won’t be returning this year for us,” Del Rio said. “That was a big blow. It’s unfortunate. He was playing well.”

Hayden has played his last down of the season. He might’ve played his last down as a Raider as well. He was not offered a fifth-year team option afforded to first-round picks, and is set to be an unrestricted free agent at season’s end.

The Raiders locked up David Amerson and Sean Smith to long-term contracts this offseason.

If Hayden walks, it would mark a disappointing end for Reggie McKenzie’s initial first-round pick. Hayden battled with injuries early in his career. He was drafted No. 12 overall despite having a heart issue stemming from a practice incident at the University of Houston. He played eight games as a rookie and landed on IR with a groin strain.

Hayden missed the first six games of 2016 with a foot issue, but rebounded well and played 37 consecutive games before hurting his hamstring against Carolina.

“It's tough,” Amerson said. “It's the way the league goes, man. It sucks individually for DJ and for us as a DB unit because he was an important piece.”

TJ Carrie will become the Raiders’ slot cornerback, a position he held as a rookie. He started 14 games last season, but has taken a backseat with Amerson and Smith established on the outside.

“He’s been a pro all year,” Del Rio said. “He’s really been good for us. He played a lot bigger role last year, and has been prepared at all times to go in. We have a lot of confidence in TJ.”

Carrie has stepped in a lot lately, with Smith and Amerson missing time with injury in November. Rookie Antonio Hamilton now sits behind him as the No. 4 cornerback.