McFadden, Ford absent at practice

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McFadden, Ford absent at practice

The two most talked-about feet in Silver and Blackdom were physically absent Monday but metaphorically front and center when it came to the Raiders' injury report.Running back Darren McFadden, who has not practiced, let alone played, since suffering a right mid-foot sprain in Oakland's opening series against Kansas City on Oct. 23, was out of his walking boot Monday morning.However, receiverreturner Jacoby Ford, who suffered a sprained left foot Thursday in the Raiders' 24-17 primetime defeat of San Diego, was still utilizing his walking boot."I have a team to coach and I can't worry about all the injuries and those things," coach Hue Jackson said when asked if he monitors injuries on his own, or is he prefers to just be told when a player is ready to play.The Raiders play at Minnesota on Sunday."We have a team of doctors that handle that," Jackson added. "They're normally going to tell me when a guy can play and I trust their judgment and what they do. That's their job. I'm not a doctor. There are times when I want to know right away because as you start to build a gameplan you need to know."But we're early in the week -- it's Monday. By tomorrow when we really start laying all the foundation for a gameplan, I have to know who has a possibility of playing, at least. Nobody's been ruled out as of now, so we'll go through the week and see where we're at."On Friday, Ford spoke to reporters while on crutches and in his boot."It's feeling a little better than it did last night," Ford said at the time, "so that's a positive."It happens. You have to keep your head up and keep pushing forward."Ford was injured after catching a 41-yard pass from Carson Palmer in the first quarter and trying to spin away from the tackle of Dante Hughes. It appeared as though his foot was caught in the grass and underneath Hughes.Helped off the field, Ford was carted into the Raiders locker room but returned after halftime on crutches.He was also asked if his injury was similar to McFadden's."Nah, I don't think it's like his," Ford said. "I think it's something different. Hopefully it's not severe."In Ford's absence, rookie Denarius Moore had another breakout game with five catches for 123 yards and two touchdowns. And rookie Taiwan Jones returned kickoffs.Michael Bush, meanwhile, has wracked up 99-, 96- and 157-yard rushing games with McFadden sidelined. Plus, his 242 total yards from scrimmage against San Diego on Thursday was the most since Bo Jackson had 235 against Seattle in 1987 and the most by a Raiders player since the 1970 NFL-AFL merger.Jackson said McFadden is "getting closer" to returning."When I saw him he wasn't (wearing the boot)," Jackson said. "That doesn't mean that he's not using it, but when I saw him he was not in the boot at that time. I know we're getting closer to getting him back out here. I know he's working his tail off."When I saw him this morning he looked good. Until we get closer later on in the week and we know exactly where he is, I don't want to speculate."And Ford?"We're going to know more as we move through the week," Jackson said. "I don't know exactly what it iswe're going to just evaluate as we move through the week and see where he is."

Raiders head to NFL owners meetings looking for Las Vegas approval

Raiders head to NFL owners meetings looking for Las Vegas approval

PHOENIX -- All signs point to the Raiders being approved for relocation to Las Vegas. It could happen as early as Monday, when the topic will be discussed at the NFL owners meetings in Phoenix. It could be Tuesday. Or in May. Or at any point in a conference call.

The timing is less important than the ultimate outcome. The when is uncertain. The what seems likely, though not guaranteed, at this stage.

The Raiders need 24 of 32 approval votes to relocate and start construction on new digs.

The Raiders have presented a solid application to the NFL, centered on a stadium proposal in Las Vegas that includes $750 million in public funds for stadium construction. Bank of America, who is financing the project, is expected to loan the Raiders money to complete a financing plan that includes the public contribution and $500 million from the team and the NFL.

The Sports Business Journal reported on Sunday that the estimated stadium cost has dropped to $1.7 billion, and will receive $200 million in infrastructure improvements not included in their construction contribution.

League sources continue to say approval is expected. There is great confidence within the Raiders organization a vote will go their way.

Some issues remain, though none are significant roadblocks. A stadium lease hasn’t been finalized and a site hasn’t been formally announced – it’s reportedly set for a spot just off the Las Vegas Strip near Russell Road – so approval would likely come with conditions that could be met in time.

The Raiders worked a sweetheart deal that mines significant money from the public. They don’t have investors with direct ties to gambling. And, as important as anything else, the NFL doesn’t believe Oakland has a viable plan to keep the Raiders in an otherwise attractive, booming market.

That includes the latest proposal from the Oakland and financial partner Fortress Investments announced on Friday that makes certain concessions aimed at getting the Raiders back to the table.

The Silver and Black haven’t worked with East Bay officials in more than as year, as they’ve shifted complete focus to their Las Vegas quest.

The revised Oakland plan didn’t move the needle, a league executive said. That point was made crystal clear in a letter NFL commissioner Roger Goodell sent to Oakland mayor Libby Schaaf.

“The material that we reviewed earlier today confirms certain information that had previously been communicated orally, such as a willingness to bring bank financing to a stadium project, and a proposed valuation of the land at the Coliseum site,” Goodell wrote in a letter obtained by Bay Area News Group. “It also confirms that key issues that we have identified as threshold considerations are simply not resolvable in a reasonable time. In that respect, the information sent today does not present a proposal that is clear and specific, actionable in a reasonable timeframe, and free of major contingencies.”

That virtually eliminates the prospect of Oakland planting doubt in NFL owners’ minds heading into a pivotal discussion on the topic Monday at the Arizona Biltmore hotel.

It’s possible the stadium and finance committee will make a formal recommendation on the Raiders application to relocate. That could precede a vote, and generally holds significant weight among undecided owners.

A league source said the new Oakland plan will be a talking point, though it may not be viewed in a flattering light. That’s especially true in light of Goodell’s letter.

“At this date, there remains no certainty regarding how the site will be fully developed, or the specific and contractually-defined nature of the participation by Fortress or other parties,” Goodell wrote. “In addition, the long-term nature of the commitment to the A’s remains a significant complication and the resolution of that issue remains unknown. Other significant uncertainties, which we have previously identified, remain unaddressed. We had hoped that the past two years would have allowed both of us to develop a viable project.”

Peterson blasts report over salary demands, outlines main objectives

Peterson blasts report over salary demands, outlines main objectives

Adrian Peterson played defense on Friday night.

Hours after a report suggesting that the four-time All-Pro running back was still a free agent due to salary demands, the former Viking posted a lengthy statement on Instagram along with a video of his running an agility drill.

"YOU CANT BELIEVE EVERYTHING YOU READ OR HEAR PEOPLE. The last thing I'm worried about is playing ball this coming season ... that WILL HAPPEN! It's not all about the money as EVERYONE is speculating here lately. You'd THINK these analysts spoke to me directly. When you don't know what's going on people will say anything to create or make a story! How prideful is it for me to put out ... I won't play for anything less than 8 million! But see, when you don't know a person or what they stand for it's easy to paint YOUR OWN PICTURE. Unfortunately, this is the world we live in! Here is something Straight from the horse's mouth ... finding the best fit & helping a team in a major way win a championship is my main objective! I'm in no rush. Let me eliminate questions or speculation as to why... I believe whole heartedly my God will land me right where I need to be to accomplish what I've asked from him PERIOD"

Early in the free agency period, the Raiders were linked to Peterson, but nothing came of those rumors.

The Raiders, in need of a feature back after Latavius Murray signed with the Vikings, are reportedly pursuing the possibility of luring Oakland-native Marshawn Lynch out of retirement.

Peterson was scheduled to make $18 million in 2017, but the Vikings declined to exercise his contract, making him a free agent. The 2012 NFL MVP turned 32 on March 21 and played in just three games in 2016 due to a major knee injury.

According to the ESPN report, Peterson was looking for a contract that paid him over $8 million in the first year of the deal.

YOU CANT BELIEVE EVERYTHING YOU READ OR HEAR PEOPLE. The last thing I'm worried about is playing ball this coming season ... that WILL HAPPEN! It's not all about the money as EVERYONE is speculating here lately. You'd THINK these analysts spoke to me directly. When you don't know what's going on people will say anything to create or make a story! How prideful is it for me to put out ... I won't play for anything less than 8 million! But see, when you don't know a person or what they stand for it's easy to paint YOUR OWN PICTURE. Unfortunately, this is the world we live in! Here is something Straight from the horse's mouth ... finding the best fit & helping a team in a major way win a championship is my main objective! I'm in no rush. Let me eliminate questions or speculation as to why... I believe whole heartedly my God will land me right where I need to be to accomplish what I've asked from him PERIOD

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