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Forbes: Raiders valuation soars on 47 percent growth

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Forbes: Raiders valuation soars on 47 percent growth

Only one of the world's 51 most valuable franchises grew faster than the Oakland Raiders last year.

According to Forbes Magazine, the Raiders now rank 34th in the world with a $2.1 billion valuation after experiencing a one-year change of 47 percent -- the second highest increase among the 51 teams. 

The Raiders, who had an operating income was $46 million, were not ranked in the Top 50 last year.

Only the Rams grew at a quicker clip, increasing 100 percent on the strength of their move to Los Angeles and jumping from outside the Top 50 to No. 12.

Of the world's 51 most valuable sports franchises, 29 are NFL teams, which far and away increased at a higher rate than teams from other sports.

The World's Most Valuable Sports Teams 2017

1. Dallas Cowboys -- $4.2B
2. New York Yankees -- $3.7B
3. Manchester United -- $3.69B
4. Barcelona -- $3.64B
5. Real Madrid -- $3.58B
6. New England Patriots -- $3.4B
7. New York Knicks -- $3.3B
8. New York Giants -- $3.1B
9. San Francisco 49ers -- $3B
9. Los Angeles Lakers -- $3B
11. Washington -- $2.95B
12. Los Angeles Rams -- $2.9B
13. New York Jets -- $2.75B
14. Los Angeles Dodgers -- $2.75B
15. Bayern Munich -- $2.71B
16. Chicago Bears -- $2.7B
17. Boston Red Sox -- $237B
18. Chicago Cubs -- $2.68B
19. San Francisco Giants -- $2.65B
20. Houston Texans -- $2.6B
20. Golden State Warriors -- $2.6B
22. Philadelphia Eagles -- $2.5B
23. Chicago Bulls -- $2.5B
24. Denver Broncos -- $2.4B
25. Miami Dolphins -- $2.38B
26. Green Bay Packers -- $2.35B
27. Baltimore Ravens -- $2.3B
28. Pittsburgh Steelers -- $2.25B
29. Seattle Seahawks -- $2.23B
30. Minnesota Vikings -- $2.2B
30. Boston Celtics -- $2.2B
32. Indianapolis Colts -- $2.18B
33. Atlanta Falcons -- $2.13B
34. Oakland Raiders -- $2.1B
35. Manchester City -- $2.083B
36. Los Angeles Chargers -- $2.08B
37. Carolina Panthers -- $2.075B
38. Arizona Cardinals -- $2.03B
39. Tennessee Titans -- $2B
39. Los Angeles Clippers -- $2B
39. New York Mets -- $2B
42. Jacksonville Jaguars -- $1.95B
43. Arsenal -- $1.93B
44. Kansas City Chiefs -- $1.88B
45. Cleveland Browns -- $1.85B
46. Chelsea -- $1.845B
47. Tampa Bay Buccaneers -- $1.8B
48. Brooklyn Nets -- $1.8B
49. St. Louis Cardinals -- $1.8B
50. New Orleans Saints -- $1.75B
50. LA Angels of Anaheim -- $1.75B

Injury report: CB Sean Smith questionable; Washington TE Reed's status uncertain

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Injury report: CB Sean Smith questionable; Washington TE Reed's status uncertain

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Raiders are remarkably healthy heading into Sunday night’s game against the Washington football club.

The entire 53-man roster practiced fully on Friday, before heading to the nation’s capital.

That includes veteran cornerback Sean Smith, who missed the previous game with a neck injury. A shoulder ailment cropped up during the week, which prompted the Raiders to label him questionable heading into Week 3. Smith’s the only Raider on the injury report, and even he’s in decent shape.

“I mean we put it on there because there’s still a little bit of a question,” head coach Jack Del Rio said. “You don’t have probable’s anymore. Given the choices, I just left him that way.”

That means the Raiders are going to have some healthy scratches a week after Smith was the only injured player sitting out.

Washington has some impact players on the mend. That included tight end Jordan Reed, who is questionable with a rib/sternum injury. He stands 6-foot-2, 246 pounds and is the type of receiving tight end that gives the Raiders fits. He has 1,638 yards 17 touchdowns the last two seasons, using good hands and a large frame to create mismatches in the secondary.

It’ll be key for the Raiders to defend him well if he’s active, with Nicholas Morrow as a primary coverage option.

“We’re prepared to face him,” Del Rio said. “We think he’s a good player. We’ll approach it that way and adjust if he doesn’t go.”

Washington also lists starting inside linebacker Mason Foster and running back Rob Kelley as questionable.

Raiders Injury Report
Questionable
CB Sean Smith (neck/shoulder)

Washington Injury Report
Questionable

TE Jordan Reed (rib/sternum), LB Mason Foster (shoulder), RB Rob Kelley (rib), S Monate Nicholson (shoulder), CB Josh Norman (shoulder)

Karl Joseph living up to first-round billing with early impact for Raiders

Karl Joseph living up to first-round billing with early impact for Raiders

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Raiders safety Karl Joseph notched his first career forced fumble in Week 2’s blowout victory over the New York Jets. It came on his first sack, where he bent around a tackle into the pocket and devoured his pray.

Joseph recovered the ball, and the Raiders quickly scored a touchdown. The second-year pro enjoyed that moment, but left the game with regrets.

"I should have definitely had more sacks than I did,” Joseph said. “I feel like I should have had three.”

Joseph had quarterback Josh McCown in the crosshairs three times, and feels like he should’ve finished each one. The game plan provided opportunity. Joseph blitzed six times – fellow safety Reggie Nelson attacked thrice – and pressured the quarterback four times.

It was a relatively new responsibility, considering he blitzed nine times all last year. Joseph will be first to say he was a different player then. He was less explosive, more tentative and a smidge less confident, lingering effects from an ACL tear during his final college season. Joseph was cleared to play as a rookie but wasn’t all the way back, doubly hampered by missing an offseason program where rookies grow quick.

"I wasn’t completely myself,” Joseph said in an exclusive interview with NBC Sports California. “I feel a lot more like myself this year. I obviously feel better physically, and the year of experience in the system has definitely helped. So has adjusting to the NFL life. That’s been an easier transition for me.”

Joseph is playing more like his highlight reel from West Virginia, where he proved a heavy hitter and a solid cover man worthy of last year’s No. 14 overall draft pick. The Jets game isn’t the only evidence of that.

Joseph had an excellent training camp, flashing an aggressive style and solid timing making plays in practice. That translated to the regular-season opener at Tennessee, when he saved a touchdown on consecutive plays. The first came on an open-field tackle. The second was a leaping pass breakup in the end zone, proof positive that Joseph was ready to make a big impact.

"He’s really good close to the line of scrimmage,” defensive coordinator Ken Norton Jr. said. "He’s a really good tackler in the open field. He also plays well on the back end. I think his development is right on time right now.”

The Raiders recognize that, and are using him like a queen on the chessboard. He can move back or forward, as an attacker or the last line of defense. He’s a rover at times, with an ability to create havoc at all levels of the defense.

Joseph is an excellent fit for the defensive scheme, bring a tone-setting physicality to the secondary. He is learning, as part of his development, that the nuclear option isn’t always best. There are times when it is, and Joseph enters those scenarios without fear.

"You can’t play worried about getting hurt. That’s not the way I play,” Joseph said. “It’s about being smart. I had to adjust my game coming into the NFL. Every hit can’t be a big hit. Sometimes you have to be smart and just wrap people up, but you can’t ever play scared.”

He isn’t afraid to take risks or attack when asked, and is already making a major impact on this year’s defense. That isn’t a surprise. It’s expected of first-round picks.

"That’s what he’s supposed to do. He’s supposed to make plays,” head coach Jack Del Rio said. “He’s a guy we selected because we thought he’d be a guy that could come in and impact on our defense. In the first two games of this year he’s played well. There are still things, like I tell you all the time, that have cleaning up to do, work to do, things to improve on, but he’s off to a good start and obviously it follows up from a good offseason. Healthy, a lot of good work and confidence that he’s gaining as we go.”