The Raiders have announced their exhibition schedule for 2012.Oakland will play host to the Dallas Cowboys to open the preseason on ESPN's Monday Night Football at 5 on Aug. 13 before playing at Arizona in Week 2, the exact date of which has yet to be announced, though it will be between Aug. 16 and Aug. 20.The Raiders will then play host to Detroit in Week 3, between Aug. 23 and Aug. 26, before closing out the preseason at Seattle in Week 4, on either Aug. 29 or Aug. 30.As announced last summer, the Raiders and 49ers will not meet in an exhibition game this season after fan violence marred last year's game at Candlestick Park. The teams were scheduled to meet this year in Oakland and it appears as though Detroit has taken the 49ers' place on the Raiders' docket.Also, with the date of the Raiders' first exhibition game set, and with teams able to open training camp no more than 15 days before their preseason opener, we can ascertain the Raiders will open camp in Napa on July 29.The regular season schedule will be announced later in the month but the Raiders already know their opponents as they will play host to Denver, San Diego, Kansas City, Cleveland, Jacksonville, New Orleans, Pittsburgh and Tampa Bay and play road games at Denver, San Diego, Kansas City, Atlanta, Baltimore, Carolina, Cincinnati and Miami. WEEK 1 August 13 DALLAS 5 p.m. PT WEEK 2 August 16-20 at Arizona Time TBA WEEK 3 August 23-26 DETROIT Time TBA WEEK 4 August 29-30 at Seattle Time TBA
The Raiders had an NFL-best seven players on the initial Pro Bowl roster. The number planning to play in the league’s all-star game continues to dwindle.
That total's down to three after left tackle Donald Penn and receiver Amari Cooper bowed out. Penn won’t be ready after suffering a knee injury in the regular-season finale, an ailment that kept him out of a playoff loss at Houston. Cincinnati’s Andrew Whitworth will take Penn’s place.
Cooper battled a shoulder injury late last season, though it's uncertain exactly what is keeping him from the game.
In addition to Penn and Cooper, Quarterback Derek Carr obviously can't play while recovering from surgery to repair a broken fibula. Edge rusher Khalil Mack also bowed out recently with what is believed to be a minor back injury.
There’s a possibility a fifth Raider will also excuse himself. Center Rodney Hudson suffered an ankle injury in the playoffs. It remains uncertain whether he’ll play in the Pro Bowl.
Safety Reggie Nelson and left guard Kelechi Osemele remain firmly in the fray at this stage.
Mike Tice’s contract expired shortly after this season’s end, but there was strong belief he would retain his post with a new deal.
A league source confirmed Wednesday that a new deal was in place for Tice to remain with the Raiders. The exact length of the contract was not disclosed. Assistant coach contracts are typically set for two years, though they can be three in some cases.
Tice was the first assistant Jack Del Rio hired after being named Raiders head coach. The two are long-time friends, dating back to days playing for the Minnesota Vikings in the 1990s.
Tice was Del Rio’s assistant head coach for three seasons in Jacksonville, which made him a natural fit for a new project in Oakland. It was a smart hire. Tice has been excellent as Raiders offensive line coach, managing and scheming for one of the NFL’s best position groups.
ESPN first reported the Tice agreement.
While offensive coordinator Bill Musgrave was allowed to leave on an expired contract and is now Denver quarterbacks coach, the rest of the Raiders offensive staff remains intact.
Quarterbacks coach Todd Downing was promoted to offensive coordinator and his assistant Jake Peetz assumes his old post.
The Raiders still have a vacancy on the defensive side, with Marcus Robertson out and on to the Broncos staff.