NFL bans 'Shredder mask' for Raiders' Tuck, Mack

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NFL bans 'Shredder mask' for Raiders' Tuck, Mack

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Khalil Mack will likely lose his appeal to wear an unorthodox facemask.

The Raiders’ rookie outside linebacker wore a specially-designed protector in college arranged to prevent offensive linemen from poking him through open portions of his facemask, but, according to the NFL Network, those designs will be banned for the upcoming season.

That will also impact Raiders defensive end Justin Tuck, who wore an identical design he called a “Shredder Mask” -- named after the popular arch-villain in the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles comic -- after appealing for the rare design to the league office years ago.

New facemask guidelines were outlined in a memo obtained by NFL Network reporter Ian Rapoport on Monday afternoon.

From the NFL Network story on the issue:
“A study conducted by the University of New Hampshire for the NFL states that the added weight of the masks negatively affects the structure of the helmet, can cause neck fatigue that could lead to a more head-down posture during contact and can provide a false sense of security during tackling.”

Mack said that he planned to ask the NFL to wear the unusual facemask this offseason, but that appeal will most likely be denied.

Tuck could retain his facemask, but he must regain medical approval prior to this season despite being previously approved.

Peters happy for Marshawn, but Chiefs 'going to beat the dog s--- out of him'

Peters happy for Marshawn, but Chiefs 'going to beat the dog s--- out of him'

Marshawn Lynch is getting to live out the dream of most pro athletes.

He's getting to finish his career by playing for his hometown team.

One fellow Oakland-native and AFC West rival can appreciate the opportunity in front of Lynch, but also had some fighting words for the Raiders running back.

“For Shawn to finish off this last little stretch of his career here at home, that’s dope,” Chiefs CB Marcus Peters told the Bay Area News Group on July 8.

“It’s going to feel good for him. It’s going to be a good feeling. It’s going to be a good feeling for Oakland. But when [the Chiefs] come here, we’re going to beat the dog s--- out of him,” Peters said.

So you can circle Thursday, Oct. 19 on your calendars. The Raiders host the Chiefs in Week 7. Kickoff is scheduled for 5:25pm PT.

Derek Carr approves of Tiger Woods' new pool table

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Derek Carr approves of Tiger Woods' new pool table

Tiger Woods' re-felted pool table is for all of Raider Nation.

To no surprise, quarterback Derek Carr approves of the new look. 

The golf legend tweeted a picture of his new table where he went with silver felt and a Raiders logo right in the middle. Woods' table also has silver and black balls with the Raiders logo on them. 

Woods grew up in Southern California and attended Stanford in 1994, the Raiders' last year in Los Angeles. That same year, Woods helped the Cardinal become the NCAA Division I golf champions before turning pro.