Injury updates on Wisniewski, Seymour, Moore and Ford


Injury updates on Wisniewski, Seymour, Moore and Ford

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Center Stefen Wisniewski's strained right calf will keep him out of the preseason finale at Seattle on Thursday, defensive tackle Richard Seymour has arthritis in his knee, receiver Denarius Moore should play in the regular-season opener despite having not practiced since Aug. 4 and receiverreturner Jacoby Ford is still in a walking boot, even if he is able to walk pain-free without it.And that's your injury update for Raiders starters, per coach Dennis Allen on his Sunday conference call with beat writers.Of course, there are more details, but you get the gist, right?"Wiz won't play this week," Allen said. "He's not ready."There hasn't been a setback. The calf just hasn't quite responded as fast as I would hope."Wisniewski was initially injured on the first offensive series of Oakland's exhibition opener against Dallas on Aug. 13.Seymour, meanwhile, has only played in one exhibition game, Aug. 17 at Arizona, and has not practiced since.Originally, Allen said Seymour, entering his 12th NFL season, was getting the veteran treatment. And while that may still ring true, Allen added a new wrinkle Sunday."Seymour is more of a maintenance deal," Allen said. "He's got some arthritis, basically, in his knee. He gets a little pain, a little swelling, and we have to be able to manage that."The Moore update, though, was decidedly more upbeat.He initially strained the right hamstring in minicamp in mid-June and it hampered him early and often in Napa. But he was on the field running routes to test the leg before the Detroit exhibition and emerged relatively pain-free."I'm confident that he'll be ready for the opener," Allen said. "Now, I don't have a crystal ball, so I can't say for sure, but I think where he's at now in relationship to when we open on Monday night, I think there's plenty of time for him to get ready. And so I think if he continues to improve like he has the past couple of days, he'll be ready to go."In fact, Moore might see some time Thursday in Seattle. But"The last thing I want do is put him out there and have him pull up again," Allen said, "and now we're going into the regular season and he's going to be battling that all year long."Ford, meanwhile, is the most curious case of all.He has been wearing a walking boot on his left foot -- the same foot he sprained last year -- since going down against the Cardinals last week, even as Allen has said there is no swelling or structural damage to his foot. Allen said Sunday that Ford is able to walk "pain-free" without the boot, yet he still wears it."So I think," Allen said, "we're making some progress there."Allen added that he anticipated playing his healthy starters at Seattle, despite conventional wisdom saying they should sit in an ultra-meaningless contest."I really plan on most of those guys playing," Allen said. "I don't anticipate holding a lot of guys out. The plan is, if guys are healthy and good to go, the plan is to let them play."

Raiders' Sean Smith charged with assault


Raiders' Sean Smith charged with assault

Raiders cornerback Sean Smith has been charged with assault, the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office announced on Thursday.

The charge is for assault of his sister's boyfriend in Smith's hometown of Pasadena. Smith allegedly beat and stomped the boyfriend's head on the morning of July 4, 2017 in Old Town Pasadena, the district attorney said.

Smith faces formal felony counts of assault by means of force likely to produce great bodily injury and battery with serious bodily injury to the victim.

The 30-year old plans to fight the charges levied against him. 

"Sean maintains his innocence at this time," Smith's attorney, Daniel Rosenberg told NBC Sports Calforinia on Thursday evening. "We are going to be entering a plea of not guilty and fighting these charges."

A warrant was filed on Aug. 16. Smith's arriagnment is scheduled for Sept. 29. 

If convicted as charged, Smith could face a maximum sentence of seven years in California prison. 

A Raiders spokesman did not immediately respond to a request for comment. The case is still under investigation by the Pasadena Police Department. 

This is another blow in a rough summer for Smith. He has struggled on the practice field during training camp and faces an off-field legal issue. Smith is guaranteed $9.5 million for the 2017 season. 

More to come. 

After speaking with Marshawn Lynch, two things are crystal clear

After speaking with Marshawn Lynch, two things are crystal clear

NAPA – Marshawn Lynch spoke with the media Thursday for the second time as a Raider. He was quick-witted, disarming and, as always, not suitable for work.

It was five minutes of peak Marshawn, where he brought light to his charitable endeavors, called himself the “daddy” of his position group and cleverly sidestepped all things nation anthem.

He was asked four questions on other topics before elephant in the room was mentioned. It didn’t stick around long.

“I think the elephant left the room because a little mouse ran in here,” Lynch deadpanned. “Didn’t they say elephants are scared of mice or something? That [expletive] left the room, cousin.”

[RATTO: Lynch reminds media how much control he exerts over any interaction]

Two more related questions came down the pike. The first was about Del Rio letting players be themselves. He answered a different question instead.

“Yeah, because on ‘doctor-24,’ it’s a designed way that you’re supposed to run it but I have all freedom to go any way that I choose to run it,” Lynch said. “I would say, yes.”

The final anthem-esque query was deflected in a similar fashion.

“When we run ‘74’ or something like that, where I have to scan and read on both sides, that is pretty difficult. For the most part, I’m a veteran so I can make it work.”

Two things were crystal clear after speaking with Lynch.

He didn’t miss football one bit during his year in retirement. Lynch said this spring he decided to return after the Raiders were approved to relocate away from his native Oakland. He wants to represent his hometown well and give them something to cheer before the team leaves for Las Vegas.

That’s why he’s fired up even for Saturday’s exhibition against the Rams – he’s expected to make a cameo in that game – his first in Oakland wearing silver and black.

“It’s truly a blessing and just to have the opportunity to go and do that is a good [expletive] feeling,” Lynch said. “It’s a good [expletive] feeling.”

Lynch has always been active in the community, and hopes him playing here will bring more visibility to what’s being done to help kids in Oakland.

“I plan on continuing to do what I do in the community,” Lynch said. “It’ll probably be that now that I’m here, more people that are in the community might actually come out and support what it is that we’ve got going on.”