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Derek Carr's rehab on track, 'maybe even ahead of schedule'

Derek Carr's rehab on track, 'maybe even ahead of schedule'

Derek Carr’s rehab is going well. The Raiders quarterback had surgery to repair a fibula broken in Week 16 versus Indianapolis, and has made great progress in recovery.

Head coach Jack Del Rio confirmed that point on Thursday afternoon at the NFL Scouting Combine, stating his quarterback is on the mend without confirming if he’d be available to participate fully in the team’s offseason program.

“He’s doing well,” Del Rio said. “We still have a couple months before we crank it up. He’s in good spirits and everything that I’ve seen and heard is that he’s on track, or maybe even ahead of schedule. We expect a complete recovery, and for him to have no issues.”

Left tackle Donald Penn said last week that Carr was nearing 100 percent. Carr wouldn’t quantify his health at this stage, but remains confident he’ll be ready soon.

“We’re really close,” Carr said in an interview with Sirius XM’s Mad Dog Radio. “I feel good, but there’s a bit of the process left to go. I won’t put a number on it, but I can assure you I’ll be back 100 percent ready to go. We’re almost there.”

Carr wants to be a full participant in the team’s offseason, but will take a conservative approach to recovery in an attempt to avoid setbacks. It isn’t vital Carr participate in every OTA, only that he’s healthy as the season gets close.

“My goal is to do everything,” Carr said. “I believe that I can, and will really soon. Now it’s up to the team and myself getting together to (formulate) the best plan. There’s nothing holding me back physically. We’re just trying to be smart with the way we do it. You don’t want anything to push it back a couple weeks just because we rushed a certain thing.

“We’ve taken this process as slow as possible ever since our team got knocked out of the playoffs. We’re going to continue to do that, but I fully expect to be out there with my teammates when everything starts up.”

Raiders' Sean Smith charged with assault

Raiders' Sean Smith charged with assault

Raiders cornerback Sean Smith has been charged with assault, the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office announced on Thursday.

The charge is for assault of his sister's boyfriend in Smith's hometown of Pasadena. Smith allegedly beat and stomped the boyfriend's head on the morning of July 4, 2017 in Old Town Pasadena, the district attorney said.

Smith faces formal felony counts of assault by means of force likely to produce great bodily injury and battery with serious bodily injury to the victim.

The 30-year old plans to fight the charges levied against him. 

"Sean maintains his innocence at this time," Smith's attorney, Daniel Rosenberg told NBC Sports Califorinia on Thursday evening. "We are going to be entering a plea of not guilty and fighting these charges."

A warrant was filed on Aug. 16. Smith's arriagnment is scheduled for Sept. 29. 

Smith was not present at Thursday's Raiders practice, the last session of training camp. He surrendered to Los Angeles County authorities, posted an $80,000 bond and has been released from custody.

If convicted as charged, Smith could face a maximum sentence of seven years in California prison. 

A Raiders spokesman did not immediately respond to a request for comment. The case is still under investigation by the Pasadena Police Department. 

This is another blow in a rough summer for Smith. He has struggled on the practice field during training camp and faces an off-field legal issue. Smith is guaranteed $9.5 million for the 2017 season. 

More to come...

After speaking with Marshawn Lynch, two things are crystal clear

After speaking with Marshawn Lynch, two things are crystal clear

NAPA – Marshawn Lynch spoke with the media Thursday for the second time as a Raider. He was quick-witted, disarming and, as always, not suitable for work.

It was five minutes of peak Marshawn, where he brought light to his charitable endeavors, called himself the “daddy” of his position group and cleverly sidestepped all things nation anthem.

He was asked four questions on other topics before elephant in the room was mentioned. It didn’t stick around long.

“I think the elephant left the room because a little mouse ran in here,” Lynch deadpanned. “Didn’t they say elephants are scared of mice or something? That [expletive] left the room, cousin.”

[RATTO: Lynch reminds media how much control he exerts over any interaction]

Two more related questions came down the pike. The first was about Del Rio letting players be themselves. He answered a different question instead.

“Yeah, because on ‘doctor-24,’ it’s a designed way that you’re supposed to run it but I have all freedom to go any way that I choose to run it,” Lynch said. “I would say, yes.”

The final anthem-esque query was deflected in a similar fashion.

“When we run ‘74’ or something like that, where I have to scan and read on both sides, that is pretty difficult. For the most part, I’m a veteran so I can make it work.”

Two things were crystal clear after speaking with Lynch.

He didn’t miss football one bit during his year in retirement. Lynch said this spring he decided to return after the Raiders were approved to relocate away from his native Oakland. He wants to represent his hometown well and give them something to cheer before the team leaves for Las Vegas.

That’s why he’s fired up even for Saturday’s exhibition against the Rams – he’s expected to make a cameo in that game – his first in Oakland wearing silver and black.

“It’s truly a blessing and just to have the opportunity to go and do that is a good [expletive] feeling,” Lynch said. “It’s a good [expletive] feeling.”

Lynch has always been active in the community, and hopes him playing here will bring more visibility to what’s being done to help kids in Oakland.

“I plan on continuing to do what I do in the community,” Lynch said. “It’ll probably be that now that I’m here, more people that are in the community might actually come out and support what it is that we’ve got going on.”