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Gruden, like Allen before him, lights Al Davis torch

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Gruden, like Allen before him, lights Al Davis torch

OAKLAND -- Raiders owner Mark Davis continues to rebuild bridges with former Raiders who fell out of favor with his father, the late Al Davis.Eight weeks after the then-unthinkable of bringing back Hall of Fame running back Marcus Allen to light the Al Davis torch, former coach Jon Gruden, as first reported by CSN Bay Area's Kate Longworth, became the 13th person to do the deed before Sunday's game against New Orleans. Gruden is in the area to broadcast the 49ers' game Monday night at Candlestick.And as expected, a large segment of fans in the Twitterverse were clamoring for Gruden, who was rocking a black Raiders visor, to replace Dennis Allen.A listing, then, of all of the torch lighters since it became part of the Raiders' pregame ceremony the week after Al Davis passed away last year:2011
Oct. 16 -- (Cleveland) John Madden
Oct. 23 -- (Kansas City) Jim Otto
Nov. 6 -- (Denver) Fred Biletnikoff
Nov. 27 -- (Chicago) Jim Plunkett
Dec. 18 -- (Detroit) Clem Daniels
Jan. 1 -- (San Diego) Mark Davis2012
Aug. 13 -- (Dallas) Reggie McKenzie
Aug. 25 -- (Detroit) Willie Brown
Sept. 12 -- (San Diego) Tom Flores
Sept. 23 -- (Pittsburgh) Marcus Allen
Oct. 21 -- (Jacksonville) George Atkinson
Nov. 4 -- (Tampa Bay) Cliff Branch
Nov. 18 -- (New Orleans) Jon Gruden

The next Primetime? Carr receives compliment after imitating Neon Deion

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The next Primetime? Carr receives compliment after imitating Neon Deion

Watch out Jalen Richard. You have some competition for your punt returning job.

Okay, not really.

But quarterback Derek Carr got in on the action Tuesday. In a video posted by the Raiders on Twitter, Carr fielded a punt and ran it back to the endzone for a touchdown.

He proceeded to do Deion Sanders' touchdown dance and that elicited a response from the Pro Football Hall of Famer.

"That's 1 of the many reasons why I gots mad love for @derekcarrqb he is the #Truth," Sanders wrote in a quote tweet.

Carr has yet to respond.

Raiders place two on Non-Football Injury List

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Raiders place two on Non-Football Injury List

The Raiders placed two players on the Non-Football Injury List, the team announced on Tuesday.

Linebacker Ben Heeney and tight end Cooper Helfet both count against the 90-man roster.

The Raiders' first team practice of training camp is scheduled for Saturdya.

Heeney was selected in the 5th round of the 2015 draft out of Kansas.

After appearing in 15 games a rookie, he saw action in just four games last season.

Over 23 games for the Seahawks in 2014 and 2015, Helfet caught 25 passes for 315 yards and two touchdowns.

He spent time on the Raiders' practice squad last season.