Could Carter play in Denver on Sunday?


Could Carter play in Denver on Sunday?

ALAMEDA -- A day earlier, freshly-signed pass-rushing specialist Andre Carter said he expected to play on Sunday in Denver."If I wasn't ready, then I wouldn't be here," he said.So after his first practice, wearing No. 97, how did he look?"Andre's out here working," said Raiders defensive coordinator Jason Tarver. "I have some history with Andre. He's very excited, he's working. He's out here, moving around well today. We'll see how he progresses."He's a smart guy. He knows a lot of defense."Carter, who had 10 sacks in 14 games for New England last year before a quadriceps injury ended his season, is expected to help a sack-deficient Oakland pass rush that has just three sacks thus far.Asked if the 33-year-old Carter could play this weekend, coach Dennis Allen said, "We'll see."If he did play, Carter could play defensive end on either side, and rushing the quarterback is a little more one-dimensional than learning an offensive playbook."Obviously, there's not as much mentally that goes into that particular position," Allen said. "But there's a whole lot that goes into (it) physically and understanding how to play the game from a physical standpoint."But he's a veteran player, so he understands how to play the game. So the learning curve for him is not quite as steep as it would be for some others."Carter, who spoke to reporters on Wednesday, was not available during open locker room on Thursday.

Week after signing with Vikings, ex-Raiders RB Murray undergoes surgery

Week after signing with Vikings, ex-Raiders RB Murray undergoes surgery

A week after signing a deal with the Vikings, former Raiders running back Latavius Murray has undergone ankle surgery.

The Vikings made the announcement Wednesday afternoon.

Minnesota issued the following statement regarding the surgery:

"Vikings RB Latavius Murray had successful ankle surgery today. The surgery was performed by Dr. Bob Anderson in Charlotte, North Carolina. We were aware of the required surgery prior to signing Latavius on March 16. Latavius is expected to fully recover and be available for training camp."

Murray's deal with the Vikings is reported worth $15 million over three years, but can reportedly be voied after the first year.

Drafted in the sixth round of the 2013 NFL Draft, Murray became the Raiders' primary running back midway through the 2015 season. In his three years in Oakland, Murray carried the ball 543 times for 2,278 yards and 12 touchdowns. He was named to the Pro Bowl in 2015.

Ex-Raiders tight end signs deal with Jaguars

Ex-Raiders tight end signs deal with Jaguars

After four seasons with the Raiders, tight end Mychal Rivera is on the move.

The 2013 sixth-round pick has signed a deal with the Jacksonville Jaguars, the team announced.

News of an agreement between the two sides was first reported by ESPN. Terms of the deal were not immediately known.

After playing a prominent role in Oakland his first two seasons, Rivera saw his numbers decrease in 2015 and 2016. This past season, he caught just 18 passes for 192 yards and one touchdown.

In his time with the Raiders, the Tennessee alum caught a total of 146 passes for 1,413 yards and 10 touchdowns.

The Raiders signed free agent tight end Jared Cook last week to go with incumbents Clive Walford and Lee Smith.

Shortly after the deal was announced, Rivera took to Instagram to thank Raiders fans.

"Thank You #RaiderNation. It was an honor to wear silver and black for the first 4 years of my NFL career. A kid from LA was drafted to the Bay...and God made a way! Wins, Losses, Blood, Sweat, & Tears made me the player I am today. Better than ever. The values that embody what it is to be a Raider will stick with me for life," Rivera wrote.