ALAMEDA -- Defensive tackle Tommy Kelly was a somewhat surprising non-participant in Thursday's practice after injuring a foot the day before. Still, coach Dennis Allen said he did not expect it to affect his status come gametime Sunday in Atlanta.
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"We chose to keep him out today," Allen said. "I fully anticipate that hell practice (Friday) and be OK to play. But again, well evaluate that tomorrow and see where were at. He seems to think hes going to be all right."Of course, anytime a Raider surfaces with a foot injury, eyebrows are raised as much as concern, what with their history."Yeah you get a little nervous," Allen said. "But that seems to be something thats going around the league. I know theres been a few guys that have had foot injuries that have cost them a lot of time. Its something we have to continue to look at and try to figure out what the reasons, why those things occur."Following, then, is the Raiders' injury report for Thursday:Did not participate -- RT Khalif Barnes (groin), CB Shawntae Spencer (right foot), TE Richard Gordon (hamstring), DT Tommy Kelly (foot).Limited participation in practice -- PK Sebastian Janikowski (left groin), DT Richard Seymour (knee)Full participation in practice -- WR Darrius Heyward-Bey (concussion), GC Alex Parsons (shoulder), RB Taiwan Jones (shoulder), RB Darren McFadden (shoulder), TE David Ausberry (shoulder), TE Brandon Myers (shoulder).
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.
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.