Seymour among Raiders' scratches vs. Dallas


Seymour among Raiders' scratches vs. Dallas

OAKLAND -- Veteran defensive tackle Richard Seymour, who basically missed all of last week's padded practices with what has been described as a knee injury, is among the Raiders' scratches for their exhibition opener against Dallas.The others: punter Shane Lechler (knee), receivers Duke Calhoun (knee), Eddie McGee (hamstring) and Denarius Moore (hamstring), running backs Taiwan Jones (hamstring) and Mike Goodson (neck), linebackers Mario Kurn (knee) and Aaron Curry (knees), offensive tackle Zach Hurd (head) and tight end Brandon Myers (shoulder).The Cowboys will be without receiver Miles Austin.The Raiders are dressing 77 players.

Norton: Raiders 'have the right people,' defensive scheme, but lacking execution


Norton: Raiders 'have the right people,' defensive scheme, but lacking execution

ALAMEDA – Ken Norton Jr.’s defense hasn’t been good all season. It’s only been a hindrance twice in six weeks, allowing the Raiders to brush it under the run while compiling a 4-2 record.

The Raiders were exposed in Sunday’s 26-10 loss to the Kansas City Chiefs, leaving many to wonder whether this defense has fatal flaws.

The team’s defensive coordinator believes these problems can be fixed without a radical reconstruction.

Norton trusts his scheme. He believes in his personnel. He has faith there are better times ahead.

“It depends on what you believe in,” Norton said before Thursday’s practice. “If you believe in the players, you believe in the coaches and believe in yourself…

“Obviously you’d like the stats to be better. But we are 4-2, in a good place record-wise. The stats need to be better. We need to continue to understand who we are, what we are and get better at what we’re doing.”

“We have the right people. It’s just a matter of getting it done on game day.”

Coaches have cited eye violations (a.k.a misreads) as communication issues reasons why the Raiders give up chunk yards. Their 6.9 yards per play allowed is the league’s worst.

Edge rusher and team captain Khalil Mack said opponents are challenged the Raiders defensive discipline. Misdirection, bootlegs, wacky formations and the like have given the Raiders fits, and will continue to do so until they repair what’s broken.

“It’s all about discipline,” Norton said. “It’s all about angles. It’s all about leverage and tackling and the fundamentals of the game and getting down to the nitty gritty of playing smart and sharp. It’s the ultimate team game. …Everybody’s connected to a successful play. That play has to be successful consistently over a period of 70 plays. Everybody’s watching every single play, so you need consistency and have guys playing together. It will pick up.”

Communication is the latest buzz word attached to defensive miscues. Norton said it’s been corrected, just not consistently enough.

“It’s been fixed, but it will come up some times, at the worst times,” Norton said. “We are continually practicing. There are 16 games, and you need to be obsessed with improvement, and we are. Guys care a lot. They show up early and stay late. The communication, the playmaking, the coaching, all of it will continue to improve.

“Everybody wants to talk about communication but it’s guys consistently playing well over a duration of a game. You have to be sharp.”

The Raiders have used different coverage schemes at times this season and made two lineup changes – it’s also possible Perry Riley starts at middle linebacker this week – to no avail.

“You see things going wrong with missed tackles or balls going over our head, the little things and details need to get taken care of,” Norton said. “There aren’t a lot of differences between us and the good defenses, but they make a lot of plays they’re supposed to make.

“We have the right people. It’s just a matter of getting it done on game day.”

After trading for Chiefs RB, Packers put Lacy on IR


After trading for Chiefs RB, Packers put Lacy on IR

GREEN BAY, Wis. -- The Packers have put top running back Eddie Lacy on injured reserve, another blow to Green Bay's scuffling offense.

The Packers announced the move Thursday, hours before hosting the Chicago Bears. Lacy has been bothered by a left ankle injury and backup James Starks isn't playing this week because of a knee injury.

The Packers traded a conditional draft pick to Kansas City this week for Knile Davis. They also signed Don Jackson to the active roster from the practice squad.

Davis was buried on the depth chart with the Chiefs and Jackson is a rookie from Nevada. Both could be taking handoffs from quarterback Aaron Rodgers soon as Green Bay (3-2) tries to catch up in the NFC North race against divisional foe Chicago (1-5).