Asomugha pulls out of Pro Bowl, Bailey replaces

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Asomugha pulls out of Pro Bowl, Bailey replaces

Jan. 27, 2011RAIDERS PAGE RAIDERS VIDEO
Paul Gutierrez
CSN California HONOLULU, Hawaii Nnamdi Asomughas sprained right ankle, suffered on a freak play on Halloween when he came down awkwardly on Seattle receiver Golden Tate's foot on the sidelines, cost the Raiders cornerback two games and numerous snaps.RELATED: Asomugha, Lechler named to All-Pro team
A re-aggravation of it, incurred in the AFCs opening Pro Bowl practice on Wednesday, is costing him a chance to play in the NFLs all-star game Sunday.Asomugha pulled out of the Pro Bowl to little fanfare following practiceThursday at Kapolei High School in West Oahu and will be replaced by Denvers Champ Bailey.
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There had been no evidence of a medical issue with Asomugha in that he made it through the first two helmets-and-shorts practices, though he did exhibit a slight limp. Following todays practice, he spoke on the field at length with coach Bill Belichick and walked briskly off the field, answering a few questions from tailing reporters. Asomugha never let on he was going to pull out of the Pro Bowl. In fact, he jogged to the bus.The day before, Asomugha sat poolside at the players hotel for a revealing Q&A with csncalifornia.com and talked about his sprained ankle.It was on a fluke play, he said, one of those uncontrollable things, and then it left us in the place where were at. The injury also contributed to Asomugha missing some incentives, which voided his contact and made him a free agent.
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Baltimore linebacker Ray Lewis was asked if he had been recruiting Asomugha. Stop that, Lewis said with a laugh. I cant tell you that. Lets just say we had some good conversations. Asked how good Asomugha is, Lewis smiled again.
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I think hes the best, Lewis said. When you see that kind of talent, playing that position, he reminds you of the old school. The Night Train Lanes, the Rod Woodsons, the Deion Sanders, all those guys. He just has those types of skills. Asomugha was just named All-Pro at cornerback for the second time in his career.

Donald Penn: Raiders players trust McKenzie will add right pieces

Donald Penn: Raiders players trust McKenzie will add right pieces

The Raiders were pretty darn good last season. A 12-4 record proved that point. There was plenty of talent on a team with a penchant for high-wire acts in victory that masked the fact there were holes on the roster.

They need to be filled for the Raiders to improve in 2017, and new players will be imported through free agency and the draft.

Left tackle Donald Penn is excited to see who gets added, but said there’s no doubt talent is coming to Oakland. He speaks for Raiders players, who have faith that general manager Reggie McKenzie will make the right moves.

“Things that Reggie has done in past drafts have been great, and we’re looking forward to seeing what he brings back towards us,” Penn said recently during an in-studio appearance on NFL Network. “We can’t wait to get back out there healthy. We’re ready to hit the football world with a storm.”

While new guys are coming, a few might head out. The Raiders have several unrestricted free agents. Penn wants to keep his guys around – he mentioned running back Latavius Murray by name -- though he has some ideas for McKenzie’s checklist.

The Raiders don’t need much with most key players under contract – the Raiders should be less active in free agency over past offseasons – but a few key components could put this team over the top.

“If we stick to Reggie’s plan, we’ll be great,” Penn said. “I know he’s going to have a great draft, add a couple little pieces here and there – maybe somebody in the secondary to help out a little bit.

"On offense, you could always use a weapon. Maybe we get another receiver to take (pressure off Michael Crabtree and Amari Cooper), but we have a good nucleus right now.”

Raiders LT Donald Penn: QB Derek Carr 'almost 100 percent'

Raiders LT Donald Penn: QB Derek Carr 'almost 100 percent'

Derek Carr is on the mend. The Raiders franchise quarterback had surgery to repair his fibula shortly after he broke it in a Week 16 victory over Indianapolis, and is recovering well during the offseason.

Carr insisted on intense rehab this winter in an attempt – however unlikely it may have been – to return should the Raiders have played in the Super Bowl. It slowed to a normal pace after the Raiders' loss at Houston in the postseason’s opening round, but those in contact with him say he’s making strides.

Left tackle Donald Penn was recently in contact with Carr, and provided an update on Monday during an in-studio appearance on NFL Network.

“I texted Derek (a few) days ago checking in,” Penn said, “and he said he’s almost 100 percent.”

Surgically-repaired broken filbulas take significant time to heal, and the Raiders plan to be conservative with their MVP candidate during the offseason. Derek Carr’s brother and NFL Network analyst David Carr, who was on set with Penn on Monday, said Derek could be back for offseason work.

“He’s doing good,” David Carr said. “He’s walking around already, stretching it out. You can’t do a lot for the bone, right? But he’s going to be back. He’s going to get a whole full offseason in. That’s going to be the best part.”