Seymour's struggles lead to meeting with coach


Seymour's struggles lead to meeting with coach

ALAMEDA -- Richard Seymour was off to a fast start in this, his 11th NFL season.In the Raiders' first five games, the six-time Pro Bowler had five sacks, 15 tackles and three assists. But a knee injury suffered in Oakland's victory at Houston in Week 5 has severely limited the defensive tackle.Consider: in his last five games, Seymour has one sack and one tackle. Total. That's it. In fact, he has posted clean stat sheets the past two games, blowouts in which the Raiders fell behind by a cumulative 68-0 before scoring at Miami and Green Bay.
It all prompted a recent meeting between Seymour, the unquestioned leader of the Raiders locker room, and rookie coach Hue Jackson.
"I'm not going to say it's anything other than...Richard's fine," Jackson said. "He'll be fine. Me and Richard had a great conversation and I feel very comfortable with him and where he is. Richard's a pro. I know when you say (his stats), the thought is he needs to step his game up. I think Richard would be the first to tell you, he knows what he needs to do and I do, too. We'll get it done, and it's crunch time now, it's time to play."Not that it wasn't before, but we know what it is now, so let's go."Seymour, 32, has not missed any games -- he did not start at Minnesota on Nov. 20 but came off the bench -- but has missed a slew of practice time. He also missed much of the second half against Miami after being ejected for throwing a punch.
"It's just been tough for me just because I haven't been able to practice much," he said. "It's just tough pushing through injuries. Earlier in the year, I felt good, it was going.The Houston game ensued."Then I was just battling through practices and just trying to manage it going through games," Seymour said. "Your health is very important, especially when you are playing on the inside. You've got to be able to fight off guys and be explosive, and personally I haven't had that the last couple of weeks."But, um, I am getting better. And that's all you can do, stay in the weight room, stay with the trainers. I have been at it a while, so it isn't like I haven't had good games...You want to be consistent in your play. That's what it is."

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.