Raiders notes: Concussed Condo has team scrambling

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Raiders notes: Concussed Condo has team scrambling

ALAMEDA -- Raiders long snapper Jon Condo suffered a concussion when he was knocked out of Oakland's 22-14 loss to San Diego Monday night, Oakland coach Dennis Allen confirmed in his Tuesday media conference.As such, and with the NFL's more stringent rules on concussions and recovery, Condo's availability for Sunday's game at Miami is in doubt."He'll have to be cleared medically so I don't know at what point that would happen," Allen said. "But we've obviously got some plans in place in case he's not ready to play."Such as bringing in a long snapper off the street, so to speak?"That's an option that we're looking at," Allen said, "yeah."Two names that come to mind are former Chargers Pro Bowler David Binn, who famously dated Pamela Anderson, is now 40 and played 17 years with the Chargers, the last in 2010, and Sacramento State product Lonie Paxton, who famously celebrated New England's Tuck Rule game victory over the Raiders with snow angels, signed a big-money contract with Denver and was cut by the Broncos when rosters were reduced to 75 players last month.Or, the Raiders can simply work with Travis Goethel more, or get their two centers -- Alex Parsons and Stefen Wisniewski -- to hone their skills to save the roster spot, right?In any event, Allen bore the responsibility for Goethel's nightmarish game, in which he rolled two of his snaps to punter Shane Lechler and a third snap resulted in a blocked punt. The Chargers got three field goals out of the gaffes."That falls on me," Allen said. "I've got to do a better job of making sure we're prepared for all those different situations. We practiced Travis snapping the ball but we could have probably done a better job of putting him in more live-type situations and giving him the opportunity to do it, kind of representing what he would do in a regular game."The Raiders' issues at long snapper in a nationally-televised game Monday night seem to serve as a cautionary tale for the rest of the league. The Chicago Bears gave their backup long snapper Matt Spaeth extra work in their Tuesday practice.Cornerback Ron Bartell underwent an MRI on his injured shoulder Tuesday, thought the results were not known as of Allen's media conference.Allen, though, said he was "very hopeful" that Denarius Moore (right hamstring) would play against the Dolphins.One of Allen's biggest tests this season is to reduce the Raiders' penchant for penalties. They picked up one against the Chargers on offense for having 12 men in the huddle."It was a little bit of a miscommunication there," Allen said. "We were trying to get a personnel grouping onto the field, and there were some miscommunications on the field as to who needed to be in there, so we have to do better at that. Those are inexcusable and falls on us as a coaching staff, and well be better at that as we move forward."Allen said the competition between Parsons and Wisniewski at center was still ongoing.Technically, the Raiders opener should still be going on. Or, at least, the Raiders should have had one more play because the Chargers touched the final punt first as time expired."I knew the rule that if they touched the ball first that it was illegal touching and we shouldve been awarded another play," Allen said. "I wasnt sure exactly who touched the ball first when it happened in the game and it was later that I realized it was them that touched the ball first."

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.