Moore brings life to Raiders practice


Moore brings life to Raiders practice

ALAMEDA -- There was a slight smile on the face of Carson Palmer following practice on Wednesday. And for good reason.The Raiders quarterback had one of his favorite targets back as rookie playmaking receiver Denarius Moore had returned to practice after being out since Nov. 20 with injuries to his right ankle and foot."It was good, it was good," Palmer said "He didn't get a ton of work, but he looked good, and for a Wednesday it looked good. He's still got a handful of days to get ready and kind of get back in the swing of things. Catching balls and (being) on the field with the defense coming at was good for him."Officially, Moore was listed as "limited" in practice. He was not available for comment.
Still, his merely being on the field lent a certain promise to the day, said coach Hue Jackson."I was glad to see him back out there, but again, I don't want to push him too far, too fast," Jackson said. "But just to have him back out there, catching balls, running around, that was a good start for him."The next step to Moore possibly playing Sunday against Detroit is his recovery on Thursday."Obviously, when you come out and run around at full speed, do those things, I think the next day is what's important, just making sure that you still feel good," Jackson said. "Again, it was great to have him back out there...I think his teammates were glad to see him back out here, gave us a little life."Moore has caught 24 passes for 410 yards with a team-high four touchdown receptions in 10 games.But he has been inactive since getting injured returning a punt at Minnesota. And with Jacoby Ford, Darren McFadden and even Taiwan Jones being out, Palmer has had precious few explosive playmakers with which to work.And Jackson's playcalling has been as limited as the Raiders defense has been porous the past two weeks.Ford and Jones did not practice, but they were on a side field working with a trainer at the start of the day.Moore returning, though, would at least give what has become a predictable offense a spark."Obviously," Jackson acknowledged, "he's one of our better players. I think any time you get one of your playmakers back, it gives you a tremendous boost. Again, this is going to be a football team game. It won't be just one guy. One guy can't change where we need to be. It's got to be our team. Our team on offense, our team on defense, our team on special teams. We've go to do a better job, period."Again, just, it's tough for one man to do it. It's got to be a team effort."

Report: Browns have preliminary extension talks with Pryor

Report: Browns have preliminary extension talks with Pryor

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

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. 

Injury report: RB Murray questionable, in line to play Sunday

Injury report: RB Murray questionable, in line to play Sunday

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.