Notes from Dennis Allen's Friday briefing


Notes from Dennis Allen's Friday briefing

ALAMEDA -- Dennis Allen conducted his press availability Friday in Alameda with a small group of reporters. Here are a few of the subjects he touched on.

On Darrius Heyward-Bey's return to the practice field Friday (though not practicing):

"He was out here today, watching practice, he's made a lotta progress, obviously he's doubtful, this week, and we'll continue to see where he's at, but he is making progress."

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Would coach err on the side of caution with DHB, given next week's bye week?

"The bye week really isn't the determining factor. The biggest determining factor is, we wanna make sure that he's fully recovered and ready to go before we put him out there on the field. That's really for the doctor's to determine, when he passes all the, you know, NFL protocol for concussions."
Has DHB passed everything up to this point?


How about (tight end) Brandon Myers?

"Brandon Myers has passed (concussion tests), and he's questionable for the game, but, he's in good shape."

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He's cleared for contact?


How would you describe Denver's offense? What to they like to do, Peyton Manning not-withstanding?

"Well, they've really got two different forms of offense. They've got an offense where they huddle up, and call the plays from the sideline, with your normal checks and adjustments, based off the defensive structure. And they've got their no-huddle offense, which Peyton has run in Indianapolis, that's what he's run in this league, for the majority of his career, so, he operates that exceptionally well and they do a nice job of getting in to good plays and trying to run when you're in a shell defense, and trying to throw the ball when you get an extra guy down in the box. So, our deal is going to be to try to do whatever we can to hopefully confuse Peyton as much as we can."

How about Andre Carter? Will he play on Sunday?

"We'll wait and see on Sunday. He got more reps today, so, every day that he practices, everyday that he's out here with us, he's one step closer to being on the field."

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(Wide receiver Rod) Streater has a neck problem now, too?

"Yeah, he had the eye, and then, you know he kinda got kinda got banged there at practice today and tweaked his neck a little bit. We'll see where he's at tomorrow."

Oakland stadium authority director doesn't want Raiders in 2019

Oakland stadium authority director doesn't want Raiders in 2019

PHOENIX – The Raiders hope to play the next three years in the Bay Area before moving to Las Vegas. They were approved to relocate on Monday at the NFL owners meetings, but can’t leave right away because Las Vegas doesn’t have a suitable temporary NFL venue.

The Raiders have team options on one-year leases to play at Oakland Coliseum during the 2017 and 2018 seasons, and are expected to do exactly that. Owner Mark Davis said he’s open to negotiating a lease to play the 2019 season there as well before moving into new Vegas digs in 2020.

The Oakland Coliseum authority may not grant that request.

"I would say to you with the highest level of confidence, my opinion and recommendation and that of my board members, I don’t believe there is any appetite for a third season (in Oakland),” director of the Oakland Coliseum joint powers authority Scott McKibben told USA Today.

McKibben said hosting a Raiders game is a financial loss for the JPA.

If the Raiders can’t reach an agreement to play at the Oakland Coliseum in 2019, they have other options in the Bay Area, though none is ideal. They could play at Cal’s Memorial Stadium or use Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara as a last resort in the Bay Area, sources told CSN California reporter Scott Bair.

They could renovate UNLV’s Sam Boyd Stadium – locker room and security upgrades are mandatory – though the Raiders would prefer to avoid that route.

Raiders HC Jack Del Rio believes he could help Aldon Smith

Raiders HC Jack Del Rio believes he could help Aldon Smith

PHOENIX – Raiders edge rusher Aldon Smith has been banished from the NFL for over 16 months now as a repeat offender of the league’s substance abuse policy.

Commissioner Roger Goodell hasn’t ruled on Smith’s reinstatement application and it’s hard to imagine movement coming soon on that front after a pair of recent run-ins with the law.

He was reportedly involved in a domestic incident and was questioned by San Francisco police last month. Then he was a passenger in a vehicle that hit an unmarked police car on March 10, an incident where the driver was arrested on suspicion of DUI. Smith seemed out of sorts when interviewed by media after emerging from a San Francisco police station.

Smith’s banishment states he can’t have contact with Raiders personnel outside the director of player engagement, a stipulation head coach Jack Del Rio has criticized in the past.

He did so again Tuesday at the NFL owners meetings, saying it’s unfortunate the organization can’t support Smith during difficult times.

“It’s a little bit frustrating to not be able to be a part of the process,” Del Rio said. “My feel is that I could help him, but the experts know. The experts don’t allow that. We have to follow the rules.

“It does get frustrating to not be able to help a young man and provide support and provide structure. Somebody else has to make those decisions. It’s just out of my hands.”

The Raiders can’t petition for greater involvement, and are therefore in a wait-and-see mode regarding their troubled, yet talented player.

“He has to get himself together,” general manager Reggie McKenzie said. “(Smith’s status) is totally on the league office. They know more than what we know.”