Fourteen Raiders on Injury Report

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Fourteen Raiders on Injury Report

ALAMEDA -- Fourteen players were on the Raiders' injury report on Wednesday with eight unable to practice.Oakland offensive playmakers Darren McFadden, Jacoby Ford and Denarius Moore were still not on the field, though Ford and Moore were in the locker room following practice."I'm a'ight," Ford said as he walked to the showers.Coach Hue Jackson, though, seemed weary of the questions. Any why not? McFadden has not practiced since Oct. 23, Ford has been out since Nov. 10 and Moore since Nov. 20."I think you guys all know this has been tough," Jackson said. "I've quit trying to put percentages or days or anything on it. What I try to do with this football team is to keep us afloat and just keep playing. When those guys show back up, they're going to show back up, and I know they will at some point in time, and that's all I can worry about is the guys that are out there practicing and playing, and go check on the guys that are not, and hopefully we can get them back soon and be part of this team.
"It's hard, but that's part of it too. And I think the team understands that. We've got to keep playing and keep going."Jackson was asked if McFadden and Ford had suffered setbacks."No, if anything there's more positives," Jackson said. "They're getting closer, and I wish I could tell you what day and what the percentage is, but I know they're getting closer."Quarterback Carson Palmer, meanwhile, had an interesting take on the McFadden situation."I heard a couple of weeks ago that this was going to be the week (McFadden returned)," Palmer said. "But Mike (Bush has) done a great job filling in for him, and when (McFadden is) back, he'll be ready and this team knows that Darren's doing everything he can to get back on the field."A look at Wednesday's crowded practice report, then:Did not participate: QB Jason Campbell (collarbone), WR Jacoby Ford (foot), DT John Henderson (knee), CB Chris Johnson (not injury related), RB Taiwan Jones (hamstring), RB Darren McFadden (foot), WR Denarius Moore (anklefoot), WR Chaz Schilens (foot).Limited participation: TE Kevin Boss (hip), DT Tommy Kelly (toe), DE Jarvis Moss (hamstring), DE Trevor Scott (shoulder), DT Richard Seymour (knee).Full participation: FS Michael Huff (ankle).

Carr discusses contract negotiations with Raiders: 'These things take time'

Carr discusses contract negotiations with Raiders: 'These things take time'

Raiders general Reggie McKenzie plans to extend quarterback Derek Carr’s contract this offseason. That isn’t a new thing, something that has been in the works for some time. He re-affirmed that fact last week, citing his team’s commitment to work out a long-term deal likely the biggest in franchise history.

Carr was reportedly frustrated with the pace of contract talks after the NFL draft – they’re supposed to heat up this spring and summer – but said he believes a deal will get worked out before training camp begins.

That’s his deadline for an offseason deal, the point where he wants focus honed on football.

“I have an agent who is in charge of that and I am confident that he and Mr. (Reggie) McKenzie will work it out,” Carr, a Fresno State alum, told the Fresno Bee. “I am only focused on becoming a better football player and helping my teammates become better players.

“I have complete faith it will get done before training camp. These things take time. The Raiders know I want to be here; this is my family, and I know they want me to be their quarterback.”

The sides have discussed parameters of a long-term deal, with greater specifics to be ironed out in the future. Carr has long said he wants to be a Raider his entire career. The Raiders want him as the public face of their franchise. A new deal is expected by all parties, a sentiment that has never wavered on either side.

Carr is scheduled to make a $977,519 in base salary in 2017, the final year of his rookie contract.

Raiders offseason program intensifies as OTA sessions begin

Raiders offseason program intensifies as OTA sessions begin

The Raiders offseason program is five weeks old. Players have lifted weights. They’ve improved cardiovascular shape. They’ve done drills in position groups and discussed schematics. They’ve added rookies to a group now 90 strong.

On Monday, they can finally put on helmets. They still can’t wear pads or have full contact, but the Raiders can play 11-on-11. Receivers will be covered. Quarterback Derek Carr will throw into traffic. Generally speaking, the competition cranks up a bit.

The NFL collective bargaining agreement has strict mandates regarding offseason activity, and a period formally called “Phase III” allows for more realistic on-field football work.

The Raiders will conduct 10 OTA sessions over the next three weeks. The media can watch three of them. Tuesday is the first, with another in each of the next two weeks. These sessions are technically voluntary, though the Raiders generally hover around perfect attendance. Head coach Jack Del Rio prefers his team be unified in the offseason. Players know it and show up.

There is a mandatory minicamp from June 13-15 which wraps the offseason program and starts a quiet period that extends until training camp begins in late July.

These OTAs offer an opportunity for new players to learn the system, for adjustments to be made and for chemistry to be built heading into a 2017 season where expectations are high.