Cracked ribs, bruised lung end Palmer's season

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Cracked ribs, bruised lung end Palmer's season

A CT scan of Raiders quarterback Carson Palmer revealed cracked ribs and a bruised lung, coach Dennis Allen said in his Monday media conference, and Palmer's season is over.

"I've definitely been better," Palmer wrote in an email to CSNCalifornia.com.

Palmer was injured in the first quarter of the Raiders' eventual 17-6 loss to Carolina Sunday when Panthers defensive end Greg Hardy lowered his helmet into Palmer's upper-left back on a blind-side hit. Initial X-rays were negative and Palmer came back out of the locker room and began to warm up before shutting it down.

Palmer traveled back to Oakland on the team charter Sunday night but spent the night in the hospital. He was scheduled to be released from the hospital Monday afternoon.

With the Raiders playing their season finale Sunday in San Diego, Allen said he would stick with two quarterbacks in Matt Leinart and Terrelle Pryor and said he would announce the starter later this week.

Depth chart-wise, Leinart is the back-up quarterback and Pryor is third. And while Pryor is the more intriguing of the two, he was actually downgraded the previous week in practice. Still, with one game to go, why not start Pryor just to see how he does in a game situation, even if he only has a handful of plays?

Palmer, meanwhile, threw for 4,018 yards, the second-most in franchise history, on 61.1 percent passing with 22 touchdowns and 14 interceptions for a passer rating of 85.3.

Raiders LT Donald Penn, WR Amari Cooper to skip Pro Bowl

Raiders LT Donald Penn, WR Amari Cooper to skip Pro Bowl

The Raiders had an NFL-best seven players on the initial Pro Bowl roster. The number planning to play in the league’s all-star game continues to dwindle.

That total's down to three after left tackle Donald Penn and receiver Amari Cooper bowed out. Penn won’t be ready after suffering a knee injury in the regular-season finale, an ailment that kept him out of a playoff loss at Houston. Cincinnati’s Andrew Whitworth will take Penn’s place.

Cooper battled a shoulder injury late last season, though it's uncertain exactly what is keeping him from the game. 

In addition to Penn and Cooper, Quarterback Derek Carr obviously can't play while recovering from surgery to repair a broken fibula. Edge rusher Khalil Mack also bowed out recently with what is believed to be a minor back injury.

There’s a possibility a fifth Raider will also excuse himself. Center Rodney Hudson suffered an ankle injury in the playoffs. It remains uncertain whether he’ll play in the Pro Bowl.

Safety Reggie Nelson and left guard Kelechi Osemele remain firmly in the fray at this stage. 

Source: Raiders, OL coach Mike Tice agree on new deal

Source: Raiders, OL coach Mike Tice agree on new deal

Mike Tice’s contract expired shortly after this season’s end, but there was strong belief he would retain his post with a new deal.

A league source confirmed Wednesday that a new deal was in place for Tice to remain with the Raiders. The exact length of the contract was not disclosed. Assistant coach contracts are typically set for two years, though they can be three in some cases.

Tice was the first assistant Jack Del Rio hired after being named Raiders head coach. The two are long-time friends, dating back to days playing for the Minnesota Vikings in the 1990s.

Tice was Del Rio’s assistant head coach for three seasons in Jacksonville, which made him a natural fit for a new project in Oakland. It was a smart hire. Tice has been excellent as Raiders offensive line coach, managing and scheming for one of the NFL’s best position groups.

ESPN first reported the Tice agreement.

While offensive coordinator Bill Musgrave was allowed to leave on an expired contract and is now Denver quarterbacks coach, the rest of the Raiders offensive staff remains intact.

Quarterbacks coach Todd Downing was promoted to offensive coordinator and his assistant Jake Peetz assumes his old post.

The Raiders still have a vacancy on the defensive side, with Marcus Robertson out and on to the Broncos staff.