Raiders notes: Might Wisniewski move back to guard?


Raiders notes: Might Wisniewski move back to guard?

ALAMEDA -- While Stefen Wisniewski has not played since injuring his right calf against the Dallas Cowboys in the Raiders' preseason opener on Aug. 13, Alex Parsons has filled in at center admirably.Still, offensive coordinator Greg Knapp said both Wisniewski and Parsons would be "up" on Monday for the Raiders' regular season opener against San Diego."Were going to evaluate them during the week how practice is going to decide whos the starting center, per se, and the other one will be the backup guardcenter rotation guy," Knapp said."Once you get into season mode, well suit up seven (offensive linemen). We have to have a swing-guy inside and a swing tackle."So did you catch that? Wisniewski is also working at guard -- he was a standout left guard as a rookie last season -- after missing the entire offseason training activities while recovering from shoulder surgery and then going down with the calf issue.It would make sense to move Wisniewski back to left guard, where veteran Cooper Carlisle moved from right guard with the seining of Mike Brisiel, and with Parsons essentially running with the first-team offense the majority of the time."Hes done a fine job in improving his pass blocking skills," Knapp said of Parsons. "And thats usually the struggle for a young offensive lineman. And hes done a good job with the command of what we call 'spotting our line.' Because of what we do in the zone-run game, the center has a lot of responsibility of targeting us to the right linebacker or lineman, so hes done a fine job with that."While Jacoby Ford has yet to practice since injuring his left foot on Aug. 17, coach Dennis Allen was not ready to "officially" declare Ford not playing against the Chargers a done deal."We're going to hold out and wait until we get closer to game time to go ahead and make that decision," Allen insisted. "He's continued to get better. We'll see where we're at come gametime."And Allen on rookie receiver Juron Criner's sore right ankle: "My expectation is that he'll be ready to go Monday night."The Raiders will avoid a blackout as Monday's 7:15 p.m. game will indeed be televised locallyparking lots will open at 2:15 p.mRaiders games will air in Spanish on Univision Radio's 105.7 FM out of San Francisco, 100.7 FM out of San Jose, 1020 AM out of Los Angeles and 107.5 FM out of Fresno.

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.