ALAMEDA -- Injured wideouts Jacoby Ford and Denarius Moore were spotted jogging at the Raiders compound Monday morning, lending credence to the notion that one or both could potentially play Sunday against Detroit at the O.co Coliseum.Just don't ask coach Hue Jackson how close they are to returning. Clearly, he's just as frustrated as the playersand fans."You want degrees, you want days? Honestly, I don't know," Jackson said with a smile in his weekly media conference on Monday. "I quit speculating. I'm not going to worry about it. When they give me those players back, I'm going to take them with open arms and we're going to put them out there, because that would mean they are ready to play."When they go, 'Hue, you got them and you can practice with them,' then I'll know they're ready. But I'm not going to get into that. I'm going to take the guys we have and get these guys better. We're going to get our focus right and get ready to play a game here at home."Ford has not practiced since spraining his left foot catching a long pass at San Diego on Nov. 10 while Moore injured his right anklefoot returning a punt at Minnesota on Nov. 20.So the fact that the two playmakers were running around had to be good news for the Raiders (7-6) as they prepare for the final three games, right?"That's much better," Jackson allowed. "It's very encouraging that they're out there doing more than what they did last week, this early in the week. I think that's good. I think it bodes well for the future."But again, until someone tells me, 'You got 'em,' I'm not going to speculate on them."Also, there was no update on running back Darren McFadden, who reportedly has a Lisfranc injury to his right foot, rather than a mere mid-foot sprain, in going down on Oct. 23."Whether you use the word Lisfranc or mid-foot, to me they're all the same," Jackson said. "Now, there's different degrees of a Lisfranc injury, and I think we all understand that, or a mid-foot injury. To me, theyre all the samenobodys trying to mislead anybody."What we've got to do is figure out which one he has, and I think our doctors and people are working through it. You guys have seen him running around a little bit, trying to get back out there, but I still think we need some time, and then we'll get therehe does not need surgery. That much I do know. You guys can write that. Darren McFadden does not need surgery."But quarterback Jason Campbell did require surgery after breaking a collarbone on Oct. 16. He underwent the procedure the next afternoon and said he hoped to return in six weeks. It has now been eight weeks.The Raiders acquired Carson Palmer on Oct. 18. Campbell will be a free agent after this season."He's not out there yet," Jackson said of Campbell. "I think he's getting closer. I still think he's still a little ways away from having an opportunity to come out there and play and throw the ball."He's a little bit further away thanwe all think he is."
Trent Richardson is reportedly in some trouble.
Richardson was arrested on Thursday night for domestic violence, according to TMZ Sports.
The former running back was taken into custody on a third degree charge, the report states, with bail being set for $1,000.
The arrest was made in Hoover, Alabama.
The Browns selected Richardson with the third overall pick in the 2012 draft.
He was traded to the Colts in 2013 and played for Indianapolis in 2014.
He signed with the Raiders in 2015 and appeared in three exhibition games, but did not make the team.
The 26-year old was cut by the Ravens last August.
Derek Carr and Todd Downing are tight. A strong friendship was forged between the Raiders’ franchise quarterback and his position coach these past two seasons, one that should help the Raiders now that Downing will call plays.
The Raiders new offensive coordinator will use his young signal caller as a resource formulating a game plan. Carr has a bright offensive mind – he called his own plays in high school and in college at times – and Downing plans to use it to put his quarterback in positions to succeed.
Carr’s influence in preparation will expand over previous seasons under coordinator Bill Musgrave.
“Where I see him needing a little bit more command is just being able to share his thoughts of game plans,” Downing said Wednesday in a conference call. “Being a student of the game, as he already is, but vocalize what he likes and doesn’t like. I think my relationship with him is something that’s going to give him the opportunity to voice his opinions. I look forward to him really taking charge of expressing his thoughts on the offense.”
Carr has always had freedom to adjust at the line of scrimmage, but that could increase with Downing in charge. Derek Carr’s brother Davis Carr told 95.7 The Game as much a few weeks ago, a topic Downing addressed on Wednesday.
“There’s been a lot made about his command at the line of scrimmage,” Downing said. “There’s certainly going to be opportunities for Derek to do that. That’s not something I feel we’ll even have to get into until we’re much further into this offseason and into training camp.”
Downing had opportunities to interview with other teams this offseason, but head coach Jack Del Rio wanted to pair Downing and Carr together. The young duo have similar personalities and a strong working relationship based on a love of the game.
“My relationship with Derek starts there,” Downing said in Wednesday interview on 95.7-FM. “We both love coming to work each day and respect the heck out of each other. When you have that kind of relationship with any coach, you’re taking a step in the right direction. Derek’s the leader of our franchise. In my opinion, he’s the best young quarterback in football. We’re fortunate to have him. Why wouldn’t I be in a good mood every time I am around him?”
Carr made great progress working with Downing the past two years, and was an MVP candidate in 2016. Downing sees continued room for growth and refinement as next season approaches.
“I think Derek made big strides in 2016, just in terms of his command of the offense, being the field general, being able to get through progressions more efficiently,” Downing said. “His footwork took big strides. I certainly want him to remain focused on all of those attributes. You don’t want to feel like you’ve arrived in a certain area of your game and then have it go backwards when the next season starts. Certainly, I want him focused on all of those.”