ALAMEDA -- For the first time this season, the Raiders did not officially declare a player "out" two days before kickoff.
The closest to it was the injured duo of strong safety Tyvon Branch, who practiced Friday for the first time this week on a sore ankle, and defensive tackle Richard Seymour, who has missed the past five games with a hamstring and knee issue but was making progress this week until suffering a setback Thursday. Both players were listed as questionable to play in the Raiders' 2012 home finale against Kansas City.
Coach Dennis Allen said they would both work out Sunday and be gametime decisions, even if Seymour did not practice and Branch was limited in practice.
"It's feeling good," Branch said of his ankle. "Feeling better. It's one of this things where you just hope it feels great by the time the game comes around…I want to play but that's coach's decision.
"We just want to go out there and compete hard and play hard and get a win. Anytime you play at home, you want to get a win regardless of what point of the season it is and we just want to go out there and play hard for our fans."
The Chiefs, meanwhile, declared receiver Dwayne Bowe out with injured ribs.
Following, then, is the Raiders' Status Report for Sunday's game against Kansas City…
SS Tyvon Branch (neck/ankle), DT Richard Seymour (knee/hamstring).
RT Khalif Barnes (triceps), DE Jack Crawford (toe), CB Michael Huff (wrist), RB Darren McFadden (ankle), S Mike Mitchell (neck).
Obi Melifonwu entered Wednesday as the only second-round draft pick without a signed rookie contract. Later that afternoon, he joined the group.
The safety from UConn put pen to paper on a four-year deal at the Napa Valley Marriott, allowing him to join pre-training camp activities. Veterans report on Friday and camp’s first full-squad practice starts Saturday morning.
The pact took longer than the Raiders or Melifonwu had hoped. There's little room for fiscal movement in the rookie wage scale, but some contract language had to be hashed out before shaking hands.
Melifonwu is slotted to make $4,509,376 over the life of the contract, with a $1,419,544 signing bonus and a $819,886 base salary in 2017, per overthecap.com.
The Raiders have one draft pick left unsigned. First-round cornerback Gareon Conley hasn’t agreed on a deal, though it’s still likely that happens before the first full practice.
The Ohio State alum’s situation could be complicated by an ongoing investigation into a sexual assault allegation stemming from an April 9 incident in Cleveland.
Head coach Jack Del Rio said in a Tuesday radio interview he expected unsigned rookie contract issues to be resolved soon.
Watch out Jalen Richard. You have some competition for your punt returning job.
Okay, not really.
But quarterback Derek Carr got in on the action Tuesday. In a video posted by the Raiders on Twitter, Carr fielded a punt and ran it back to the endzone for a touchdown.
He proceeded to do Deion Sanders' touchdown dance and that elicited a response from the Pro Football Hall of Famer.
"That's 1 of the many reasons why I gots mad love for
@derekcarrqb he is the #Truth," Sanders wrote in a quote tweet.
Carr has yet to respond.