Huff aims to return at Minnesota

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Huff aims to return at Minnesota

ALAMEDA -- A major source of pride for Raiders free safety Michael Huff?The fact he had never missed a game at any leveluntil this season."Now, two games," he said Wednesday. "Now, I'm missing two games, especially one primetime game, national TV. Those are ones I want to be in. But we got the 'W,' and that's all that matters."
Indeed, Huff's sprained right ankle forced him to miss last Thursday's 24-17 defeat of San Diego on the NFL Network. This after Huff missed the first game of his six-year career in Week 3, against New England, with a concussion.Wednesday, Huff was officially listed as "limited" in practice."I ran a little bit at practice today," Huff said, "got some more reps, so I'll definitely be ready this week."An unrestricted free agent, Huff signed a reported four-year, 32-million deal to return to the Raiders after picking up an All-Pro vote following last season.He has been nicked up most of the year."Trust me, Michael Huff wants to play every football game," said Raiders coach Hue Jackson. "At some point in time, as the head coach, I got to step in and say, 'Hey, look, I just don't think it's good for you.' Kudos to him. He's done a heck of a job of fighting through it every week, but I saw an opportunity to get him a little bit more rest."I almost got to fight him to get him not to play. He didn't, and we'll be better served for it. He has a chance to be a little bit healthier than what he's been in quite awhile."Sunday in Minnesota, Huff will see Minnesota running back Adrian Peterson for the first time since Oct. 9, 2004, when Huff was at Texas and Peterson was a freshman phenom at Oklahoma. Peterson rushed for 225 yards on 32 carries in a 12-0 Sooners victory."That," Huff said, "was a long day."Not as taxing, though, as it was for Huff to have to sit out a pair of games due to injury.

After eating her food as kid, Lynch purchasing restaurant from 79-year-old

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After eating her food as kid, Lynch purchasing restaurant from 79-year-old

Marshawn Lynch first tasted Cassie Nickelson's food when he was nine years old while she catered out of her Oakland apartment.

"When he was 9-years-old, he came across the street to get a hamburger and French fries. 25-cent French fries and a 75-cent hamburger," Nickelson said to KTVU.

Lynch, 31, is now set to take over Nickelson's popular soul-food restaurant, Scend's Restaurant and Bar, in Emeryville. Nickelson, 79, will be retiring in August. 

"I'm comfortable with him and I like him," Nickelson said.

Lynch will not become the official owner until the liquor license changes hands. Scend's, an acronym for Nickelson's children and grandchildren, is known for its seafood, fried chicken and red beans. 

Father of Raiders GM Reggie McKenzie passes away

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Father of Raiders GM Reggie McKenzie passes away

Raider Nation is grieving on Monday.

The father of general manager Reggie McKenzie passed away recently, and the franchise issued the following statement:

"The Raiders family is saddened by the passing of Sam McKenzie Jr., father of Reggie and Raleigh McKenzie. The thoughts and prayers of the entire Raider Nation are with the McKenzie family."

No additional information is known at this time.