ALAMEDA -- The Raiders' first post-bye practice looked fairly similar to their last workout before the four-day break.There were no new faces to be seen during the media window of practice, though defensive tackle Richard Seymour was back after missing Wednesday. And the same injured players were still missing in cornerback Shawntae Spencer (right foot), right tackle Khalif Barnes (groin) and tight end Richard Gordon (hamstring).There was also no sign of linebacker Aaron Curry, whose injured knees have had him on the PUP list since Aug. 31, or cornerback Ron Bartell, who was designated to return by being placed on the new reserveinjured list with a broken left shoulder blade on Sept. 15.Curry has to miss the first six weeks of the season and can begin practicing on Oct. 16. But within 21 days of his first practice, he must be activated, waived or placed on season-ending Injured Reserve by the Raiders.Bartell, meanwhile, can return to practice as soon as Oct. 27 and play again as early as Nov. 11 at Baltimore.Receiver Darrius Heyward-Bey, who suffered a concussion and neck strain on Sept. 23, was practicing, though it is not known if he has gone through the concussion protocol to be cleared completely.
Raiders quarterback Derek Carr has 247,000 Twitter followers and, given his popularity in the Bay Area, it’s assumed a significant portion stems from this region.
Carr put that megaphone to good use.
Oakland Police sent out an Amber Alert on Saturday hoping to find a young boy gone missing, and Carr retweeted that call for public assistance.
The boy was quickly found after a citizen replied on Twitter and provided information that led to the rescue.
That led an Oakland police officer to credit Carr for helping find the boy.
Carr responded to the news on social media, happy police were able to find a missing child.
@OPDChris great news! Thank you for letting me know they are safe! God bless y'all!— Derek Carr (@derekcarrqb) January 15, 2017
Injury issues bookended Karl Joseph’s rookie year. The Raiders brought their first-round strong safety along slowly while recovering from ACL surgery, keeping him out of defensive action during 2016’s first two games. He missed four at regular-season’s end with a toe injury.
In the middle he played just fine. Joseph was solid against the run and impactful playing deep, allowing him and veteran Reggie Nelson to remain unpredictable in deep coverage.
Joseph finished the year with 60 tackles, an interception and six passes defensed.
That was good enough for recognition on the Pro Football Writers of America’s All-Rookie team, which was released on Tuesday following a vote of the association’s membership.
Dallas Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott and Los Angeles Chargers defensive end Joey Bosa were the offensive and defensive Rookies of the Year, respectively.