Branch's 57-game starting streak comes to an end


Branch's 57-game starting streak comes to an end

OAKLAND -- Tyvon Branch's 57-game streak of starting for the Raiders has come to an end as the franchise-tagged strong safety was on the list of inactive players for Oakland for it game against New Orleans.Branch, who was slapped with the franchise tag in the offseason before signing a long-term deal, tweaked his neck in last week's game at Baltimore. Mike Mitchell will start in Branch's place.RELATED: Key matchup No. 1 -- Mike Mitchell vs. Jimmy Graham
Running backs Darren McFadden (ankle) and Mike Goodson (ankle) and defensive tackle Richard Seymour (hamstringknee) were already declared out on Friday. Marcel Reece will start at running back, with Owen Schmitt replacing Reece at fullback while Desmond Bryant will start for Seymour for the second week in a row.The rest of the Raiders inactives then -- quarterback Terrelle Pryor and offensive linemen Lucas Nix and Willie Smith, which means that Khalif Barnes will start at right tackle for the first time since going down with a groin injury in Week 2 at Miami.Also, receiver Darrius Heyward-Bey, who strained a hamstring in practice on Wednesday and did not practice Thursday or Friday, is active. As is newly-signed linebacker Omar Gaither, who was signed with Travis Goethel going on season-ending Injured Reserve this week.The Saints inactives -- receiver Greg Camarillo, cornerback Corey White, running back Darren Sproles, linebacker Scott Shanle, tackle Zach Strief, defensive tackle Tyrunn Walker and defensive end Junior Galette. Charles Brown will start at right tackle for Strief.

The next Primetime? Carr receives compliment after imitating Neon Deion


The next Primetime? Carr receives compliment after imitating Neon Deion

Watch out Jalen Richard. You have some competition for your punt returning job.

Okay, not really.

But quarterback Derek Carr got in on the action Tuesday. In a video posted by the Raiders on Twitter, Carr fielded a punt and ran it back to the endzone for a touchdown.

He proceeded to do Deion Sanders' touchdown dance and that elicited a response from the Pro Football Hall of Famer.

"That's 1 of the many reasons why I gots mad love for @derekcarrqb he is the #Truth," Sanders wrote in a quote tweet.

Carr has yet to respond.

Raiders place two on Non-Football Injury List


Raiders place two on Non-Football Injury List

The Raiders placed two players on the Non-Football Injury List, the team announced on Tuesday.

Linebacker Ben Heeney and tight end Cooper Helfet both count against the 90-man roster.

The Raiders' first team practice of training camp is scheduled for Saturdya.

Heeney was selected in the 5th round of the 2015 draft out of Kansas.

After appearing in 15 games a rookie, he saw action in just four games last season.

Over 23 games for the Seahawks in 2014 and 2015, Helfet caught 25 passes for 315 yards and two touchdowns.

He spent time on the Raiders' practice squad last season.