Four fined in Lions-Raiders game


Four fined in Lions-Raiders game

The Raiders and Lions are the two most penalized teams in the NFL. It shouldn't be surprising, then, that after their weekend matchup, four different players were tagged with league fines.

Raiders safety Jerome Boyd was fined 20,000 for an illegal blind-side block on a kick return. The play negated a nice return by Tyvon Branch, and Boyd was seen laughing on the sidelines after the penalty put the Raiders on their own five-yard line.

If his sideline behavior didn't make it clear enough, Boyd tweeted his thoughts on the fine Friday.

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Jerome Boyd What's the point of even playing football to get fined 20,000 for a legal but hard hit!!!!!!! Might as well put flags instead of pads onUS
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Linebacker Aaron Curry also picked up a fine, his a 7,500 bill for unsportsmanlike conduct. Tommy Kelly sacked Matthew Stafford, who fumbled the ball right to Curry. Curry walked it into the endzone for a fourth-quarter touchdown and proceeded to unload a furious punching combination into the goalpost padding, drawing the unsportsmanlike conduct penalty.

Two Lions were also fined.

Cliff Avril and Stephen Tulloch were each docked 15,000 for horse-collar tackles. Their penalties helped the Raiders march down the field for their first touchdown.

Donald Penn: Raiders players trust McKenzie will add right pieces

Donald Penn: Raiders players trust McKenzie will add right pieces

The Raiders were pretty darn good last season. A 12-4 record proved that point. There was plenty of talent on a team with a penchant for high-wire acts in victory that masked the fact there were holes on the roster.

They need to be filled for the Raiders to improve in 2017, and new players will be imported through free agency and the draft.

Left tackle Donald Penn is excited to see who gets added, but said there’s no doubt talent is coming to Oakland. He speaks for Raiders players, who have faith that general manager Reggie McKenzie will make the right moves.

“Things that Reggie has done in past drafts have been great, and we’re looking forward to seeing what he brings back towards us,” Penn said recently during an in-studio appearance on NFL Network. “We can’t wait to get back out there healthy. We’re ready to hit the football world with a storm.”

While new guys are coming, a few might head out. The Raiders have several unrestricted free agents. Penn wants to keep his guys around – he mentioned running back Latavius Murray by name -- though he has some ideas for McKenzie’s checklist.

The Raiders don’t need much with most key players under contract – the Raiders should be less active in free agency over past offseasons – but a few key components could put this team over the top.

“If we stick to Reggie’s plan, we’ll be great,” Penn said. “I know he’s going to have a great draft, add a couple little pieces here and there – maybe somebody in the secondary to help out a little bit.

"On offense, you could always use a weapon. Maybe we get another receiver to take (pressure off Michael Crabtree and Amari Cooper), but we have a good nucleus right now.”

Raiders LT Donald Penn: QB Derek Carr 'almost 100 percent'

Raiders LT Donald Penn: QB Derek Carr 'almost 100 percent'

Derek Carr is on the mend. The Raiders franchise quarterback had surgery to repair his fibula shortly after he broke it in a Week 16 victory over Indianapolis, and is recovering well during the offseason.

Carr insisted on intense rehab this winter in an attempt – however unlikely it may have been – to return should the Raiders have played in the Super Bowl. It slowed to a normal pace after the Raiders' loss at Houston in the postseason’s opening round, but those in contact with him say he’s making strides.

Left tackle Donald Penn was recently in contact with Carr, and provided an update on Monday during an in-studio appearance on NFL Network.

“I texted Derek (a few) days ago checking in,” Penn said, “and he said he’s almost 100 percent.”

Surgically-repaired broken filbulas take significant time to heal, and the Raiders plan to be conservative with their MVP candidate during the offseason. Derek Carr’s brother and NFL Network analyst David Carr, who was on set with Penn on Monday, said Derek could be back for offseason work.

“He’s doing good,” David Carr said. “He’s walking around already, stretching it out. You can’t do a lot for the bone, right? But he’s going to be back. He’s going to get a whole full offseason in. That’s going to be the best part.”