ALAMEDA -- Denarius Moore has not practiced since Aug. 4.Jacoby Ford just got out of his walking boot after injuring his left foot at Arizona on Aug. 17.Surely the chemistry Carson Palmer developed with the two receivers last year would carry over this year, no? Um, no. At least, not according to Palmer."We need a ton of work together," Palmer said. "You can never get enough work with a guy, even if hes played every rep and youve played every rep, you always need those reps. When theyre back, its not easy to get off the couch or get out of a walking boot or off crutches or whatever it may be and just show up and play."Moore, who has been nursing a strained right hamstring, and Ford were among the Raiders' six walking wounded players to observe practice, along with center Stefen Wisniewski, tight end Richard Gordon, defensive tackle Richard Seymour and linebacker Aaron Curry."He's out of the boot, so that's progress," said Raiders coach Dennis Allen. "Is he closer? Yes. How close? I'm not sure."The timing Palmer needs to get with Moore and Ford, though, is paramount to any success they hope to have. And the regular season opener is two weeks away.So yes, they need to get on the same field so they can get on the same page. Even if 19 of Moore's 33 receptions last year and three of his five touchdown receptions came courtesy of Palmer passes."This league is way too good," Palmer said. "These players are too good, these schemes are too good just to jump back in and go. So theres going to be a little bit of a process of getting their legs back and their conditioning back, but also their minds and bodies to the speed of the game to get caught up with everything."
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.
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.”