ALAMEDA -- The Raiders will miss playing against two of Pittsburgh's defense stalwarts on Sunday as Steelers linebacker James Harrison and strong safety Troy Polamalu will not play as they continue to recover from injury.Both missed the Steelers' victory last week against the New York Jets, Harrison still dealing with the after effects of surgery on his left knee Aug. 15 and Polamalu having a hurt calf.Also, running back Rashard Mendenhall (knee) will not play for the Steelers, who have a bye week after facing the Raiders.Chris Carter is expected to start in place of Harrison while Ryan Mundy will play for Polamalu. And tight end Heath Miller (ribs) practiced Friday for the Steelers and is expected to play Sunday.
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.
@OPDChris great news! Thank you for letting me know they are safe! God bless y'all!— Derek Carr (@derekcarrqb) January 15, 2017
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.