Raiders injury report: Giordano, Myers upgraded


Raiders injury report: Giordano, Myers upgraded

While free safety Matt Giordano and tight end Brandon Myers were both upgraded on the Raiders' injury report, Giordano from not practicing to limited and Myers from limited to full, receiver Darrius Heyward-Bey was downgraded as the hamstring he strained in practice Wednesday kept him out of practice 24 hours later.Running backs Mike Goodson and Darren McFadden and defensive tackle Richard Seymour, none of whom played at Baltimore last weekend, all missed practice as did strong safety Tyvon Branch.Right tackle Khalif Barnes, though, appears ready to reassume his starting job.Following, then, is the Raiders' injury report for Thursday as they prepare for Sunday's home game against New Orleans:Did not participate -- SS Tyvon Branch (neck), RB Mike Goodson (right ankle), WR Darrius Heyward-Bey (hamstring), RB Darren McFadden (ankle), DT Richard Seymour (kneehamstring).Limited participation in practice -- FS Matt Giordano (concussion), TE Richard Gordon (hamstring), PK Sebastian Janikowski (left groin), Full participation in practice -- RT Khalif Barnes (groin),TE Brandon Myers (shoulderconcussion), FB Marcel Reece (hamstring).

Wondolowski's PK in stoppage time helps Earthquakes draw with Union


Wondolowski's PK in stoppage time helps Earthquakes draw with Union


SAN JOSE -- Chris Wondolowski scored on a penalty kick in stoppage time to give the San Jose Earthquakes a 2-2 tie with the Philadelphia Union on Saturday night.

Shea Salinas drew a foul on Joshua Yaro in the penalty area to set up the penalty kick in the 95th minute. With his 10th goal, Wondolowski became the first player in MLS history with eight straight double-digit seasons.

Roland Alberg scored in the 55th to put Philadelphia (8-11-6) up 2-1.

Valeri Qazaishvili scored three minutes for San Joe (9-10-6). He eluded two defenders before punching it between two more defenders.

Jack Elliott tied it in the 35th with his first goal of the season, knocking the ball in on the left side of the net.

As legal process unfolds, Raiders CB Sean Smith continues to battle for playing time

As legal process unfolds, Raiders CB Sean Smith continues to battle for playing time

OAKLAND – Raiders cornerback Sean Smith had a rough week. He’s losing grip on a starting spot, but that concern pales in comparison to mounting legal issues that put him in a Los Angeles County jail Thursday morning.

He was formally charged with felony assault and battery for beating his sister’s boyfriend on July 4 in his hometown of Pasadena, surrendered to authorities and was released on an $80,000 bond.

He was back in the East Bay to play Saturday’s exhibition against the Los Angeles Rams, where he was a third cornerback entering in sub packages. Smith had two tackles and a nice pass defensed in the end zone.

Smith’s legal issues shouldn’t stop him from playing and practicing with the team in the near future. He has an arraignment sent for Sept. 29, where will plead not guilty and fight the charges levied against him.

“We’ll let him battle what issues he has legally,” Raiders head coach Jack Del Rio said. “I don’t have much to add to it. You hear the story of him defending his sister, and things occurred that have been taken issue with, so he's having to defend himself right now.”

An NFL spokesman said the league is looking into the matter, but didn’t have further comment at this time. It’s possible the league could place Smith on the commissioner’s exemption list, an option for players charged with violent offenses. He would essentially go on paid leave if that were the case. Smith will make $9.5 million in guaranteed money this season.

Smith will battle TJ Carrie and first-round cornerback Gareon Conley – he remains on the PUP list with a shin injury – for playing time in the Raiders defense. He practiced better last week, but must show consistency to get back in the team’s good graces.