Raiders coach Dennis Allen's day-after-an-exhibition conference call took on the tone of a medical update presser early Saturday evening.The highlights, or lowlights, less than 24 hours after the Raiders' 31-27 defeat in Arizona: Receiverreturner Jacoby Ford's sprained foot may keep him out of action into the regular season and yes, it is the same foot, his left one, he sprained last season that kept him out of the lineup for most of the second half of the season."If you ask me, is there a chance (he could miss regular-season time), yeah, there's a chance," Allen said. "But we've still got to continue to look at it to see what type of time frame we're looking at." Backup quarterback Matt Leinart (cut right index finger) and running back Mike Goodson (shoulder weakness) are going to be O.K., Allen said. Receiver Darrius Heyward-Bey, who injured a shoulder against the Cardinals, was not considered to have a "serious" injury but will be monitored this week in practice. Allen "is hoping" to have both tight end Brandon Myers (shoulder) and running back Taiwan Jones (hamstring) back in practice this week. Receiver Denarius Moore (hamstring) is also getting "closer," per Allen, but there is no timetable on his return either. Linebacker Aaron Curry (knees) has returned from a week-plus in Los Angeles getting treatment and worked out with a running program for the Raiders coaches Saturday and "looked pretty good so we'll look at him (Sunday) and see where he's at," Allen said, "kind of evaluate him as we go along."The spate of injuries at the skill positions raise the specter of the Raiders looking outside the box, especially with such veterans still unemployed as receivers Plaxico Burress and Chad Johnson and running back Ryan Grant.And as such, Allen was asked if the Raiders needed to look at potentially adding some players now."We're going to look at that," he said, "as far as if we need to add somebody or not."Especially at returner, what with the injured Ford returning both kickoffs and punts."Right now we're looking at Bryan McCann," Allen said. "But that's obviously a position we've got some concern over. We're going to be evaluating the guys we have here but we're also going to be looking at the rosters of the other 31 teams and see if there's somebody that comes available that can help us in that regard."
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.
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.
Free agent tight end Mychal Rivera has agreed to terms with the Jaguars, two sources tell me.— Jeff Darlington (@JeffDarlington) March 22, 2017
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.