No sign of McFadden, Goodson at Raiders practice Thursday


No sign of McFadden, Goodson at Raiders practice Thursday

ALAMEDA There was no sign of Darren McFadden or MikeGoodson in the portion of Raiders practice open to the media Thursday, leavingMarcel Reece, Taiwan Jones and Jeremy Stewart to handle the reps at runningback.Once the team moved from stretching to drills, the first play was a handofffrom starting quarterback Carson Palmer to Reece, who may get the lions shareof the carries Sunday in Baltimore if McFadden and Goodson cant play on theirsprained ankles.Jones, who has just one carry for two yards this season, was next in line,taking the ball from backup quarterback Matt Leinart on the second snap.GUTIERREZ: Time for speedy Jones to step in at running back?
Stewart, a practice squad running back, was also in the mix, though not nearlyas often as Reece and Jones.In the Raiders 42-32 loss to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers last Sunday, bothMcFadden and Goodson exited with high ankle sprains, leaving the Raiderswithout many options. Jones got his lone carry on the campaign and Reece wasinvolved much more in the passing game, racking up a team-leading eightreceptions for 95 yards and a touchdown.With McFadden and Goodson still yet to practice this week, the Raiders need ahealthy Reece. Reece did participate fully in Wednesdays practice, despite ahamstring issue, and had his hamstring and calf wrapped during Thursdays drills.He did appear to be moving somewhat gingerly on his left leg, though it didntprevent him from lining up wide and running routes in addition to his reps as arunning back.The undrafted, but versatile weapon out of Washington has just one carry for noyards this season, but Reece has been heavily involved in the passing game. Heranks fourth in both receptions and receiving yards, with 26 and 272,respectively.The only other notable absences Thursday were defensive tackle Richard Seymour,who missed practice on Wednesday with knee and hamstring issues, and cornerbackShawntae Spencer, who is dealing with a right foot injury.
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Raiders first-year general manager Reggie McKenzie watched from the back of theend zone as his offensive unit ran drills and watched quite a few balls go offthe hands of his receivers. Denarius Moore bobbled a ball from Leinart, but wasable to get his bearings and complete the catch with his hands behind his back.With a defender breathing down his neck, that ball wouldve likely hit theturf, though. A few plays later, Darrius Heyward-Bey dropped an easy pass thatbounced off his fingertips.Stay tuned to for the latest on McFadden, Goodson and morewhen Dennis Allen holds his press conference later in the day.

Week after signing with Vikings, ex-Raiders RB Murray undergoes surgery

Week after signing with Vikings, ex-Raiders RB Murray undergoes surgery

A week after signing a deal with the Vikings, former Raiders running back Latavius Murray has undergone ankle surgery.

The Vikings made the announcement Wednesday afternoon.

Minnesota issued the following statement regarding the surgery:

"Vikings RB Latavius Murray had successful ankle surgery today. The surgery was performed by Dr. Bob Anderson in Charlotte, North Carolina. We were aware of the required surgery prior to signing Latavius on March 16. Latavius is expected to fully recover and be available for training camp."

Murray's deal with the Vikings is reported worth $15 million over three years, but can reportedly be voied after the first year.

Drafted in the sixth round of the 2013 NFL Draft, Murray became the Raiders' primary running back midway through the 2015 season. In his three years in Oakland, Murray carried the ball 543 times for 2,278 yards and 12 touchdowns. He was named to the Pro Bowl in 2015.

Ex-Raiders tight end signs deal with Jaguars

Ex-Raiders tight end signs deal with Jaguars

After four seasons with the Raiders, tight end Mychal Rivera is on the move.

The 2013 sixth-round pick has signed a deal with the Jacksonville Jaguars, the team announced.

News of an agreement between the two sides was first reported by ESPN. Terms of the deal were not immediately known.

After playing a prominent role in Oakland his first two seasons, Rivera saw his numbers decrease in 2015 and 2016. This past season, he caught just 18 passes for 192 yards and one touchdown.

In his time with the Raiders, the Tennessee alum caught a total of 146 passes for 1,413 yards and 10 touchdowns.

The Raiders signed free agent tight end Jared Cook last week to go with incumbents Clive Walford and Lee Smith.

Shortly after the deal was announced, Rivera took to Instagram to thank Raiders fans.

"Thank You #RaiderNation. It was an honor to wear silver and black for the first 4 years of my NFL career. A kid from LA was drafted to the Bay...and God made a way! Wins, Losses, Blood, Sweat, & Tears made me the player I am today. Better than ever. The values that embody what it is to be a Raider will stick with me for life," Rivera wrote.