Question marks on Ford, Jones, McFadden and now Huff


Question marks on Ford, Jones, McFadden and now Huff

ALAMEDA -- While Denarius Moore is inching closer to playing in his first game since Nov. 20 at Minnesota, where he injured his right ankle and foot, the question marks over injured teammates Darren McFadden, Jacoby Ford, Taiwan Jones and even Michael Huff grew larger on Thursday.Still, Raiders coach Hue Jackson would not rule them out. He usually does that bit of business following Friday's practice."There's still one more day," Jackson said. "Until somebody tells me otherwise, I'll stay to the protocol and see where we are. I think you guys know it will be tough (for them to play). But still I'm not going to rule them out right this second."McFadden has not played since Oct. 23, when the running back suffered what the Raiders have called a mid-foot sprain of his right foot against Kansas City.Ford has not played since Nov. 10, when the receiverreturner sprained his left foot against San Diego. He had been working out on the side during practice but was not seen during the media window on Thursday."I know he's doing everything he can to get prepared," Jackson said. "He goes to the meetings, he's in our offensive meetings. He does everything all the other players do other than practice at this time. He's doing everything he can so he gets healed up and he can get back out there with his teammates."Jones has not played since the Vikings game, when he strained a hamstring.And Huff, who has already missed the first two games of his career this season due to injury, strained a hamstring Sunday in Green Bay.Also, defensive tackle John Henderson, who has an injured knee, and cornerback Chris Johnson, who was in Texas attending his sister's funeral, did not practice.But the presence of Moore meant he showed no ill effects from Wednesday's practice."He was good, he was good," Jackson said. "I thought, another good day for him. I feel very comfortable with where he is and I think he'll have an opportunity to play this week. We'll go back (Friday) and see exactly where he is and make sure we don't have any setbacks and move forward from there."Could Moore potentially reclaim his punt-return duties as well?"I don't think it's too much to ask," Jackson said. "We'll see where we are tomorrow. We'll have a little bit more emphasis on special teams. We'll see where he is tomorrow in that regard."A look, then, at Thursday's practice report:Did not participate: QB Jason Campbell (collarbone), WR Jacoby Ford (foot), DT John Henderson (knee), CB Chris Johnson (not injury related), RB Taiwan Jones (hamstring), RB Darren McFadden (foot), FS Michael Huff (hamstring).Limited participation: WR Denarius Moore (anklefoot), DT Tommy Kelly (toe), DE Jarvis Moss (hamstring), WR Louis Murphy (hip), WR Chaz Schilens (foot), C Samson Satele (shoulder)Full participation: WR Darrius Heyward-Bey (heel).

Raiders' Sean Smith charged with assault

Raiders' Sean Smith charged with assault

Raiders cornerback Sean Smith has been charged with assault, the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office announced on Thursday.

The charge is for assault of his sister's boyfriend in Smith's hometown of Pasadena. Smith allegedly beat and stomped the boyfriend's head on the morning of July 4, 2017 in Old Town Pasadena, the district attorney said.

Smith faces formal felony counts of assault by means of force likely to produce great bodily injury and battery with serious bodily injury to the victim.

The 30-year old plans to fight the charges levied against him. 

"Sean maintains his innocence at this time," Smith's attorney, Daniel Rosenberg told NBC Sports Califorinia on Thursday evening. "We are going to be entering a plea of not guilty and fighting these charges."

A warrant was filed on Aug. 16. Smith's arriagnment is scheduled for Sept. 29. 

Smith was not present at Thursday's Raiders practice, the last session of training camp. He surrendered to Los Angeles County authorities, posted an $80,000 bond and has been released from custody.

If convicted as charged, Smith could face a maximum sentence of seven years in California prison. 

A Raiders spokesman did not immediately respond to a request for comment. The case is still under investigation by the Pasadena Police Department. 

This is another blow in a rough summer for Smith. He has struggled on the practice field during training camp and faces an off-field legal issue. Smith is guaranteed $9.5 million for the 2017 season. 

More to come...

After speaking with Marshawn Lynch, two things are crystal clear

After speaking with Marshawn Lynch, two things are crystal clear

NAPA – Marshawn Lynch spoke with the media Thursday for the second time as a Raider. He was quick-witted, disarming and, as always, not suitable for work.

It was five minutes of peak Marshawn, where he brought light to his charitable endeavors, called himself the “daddy” of his position group and cleverly sidestepped all things nation anthem.

He was asked four questions on other topics before elephant in the room was mentioned. It didn’t stick around long.

“I think the elephant left the room because a little mouse ran in here,” Lynch deadpanned. “Didn’t they say elephants are scared of mice or something? That [expletive] left the room, cousin.”

[RATTO: Lynch reminds media how much control he exerts over any interaction]

Two more related questions came down the pike. The first was about Del Rio letting players be themselves. He answered a different question instead.

“Yeah, because on ‘doctor-24,’ it’s a designed way that you’re supposed to run it but I have all freedom to go any way that I choose to run it,” Lynch said. “I would say, yes.”

The final anthem-esque query was deflected in a similar fashion.

“When we run ‘74’ or something like that, where I have to scan and read on both sides, that is pretty difficult. For the most part, I’m a veteran so I can make it work.”

Two things were crystal clear after speaking with Lynch.

He didn’t miss football one bit during his year in retirement. Lynch said this spring he decided to return after the Raiders were approved to relocate away from his native Oakland. He wants to represent his hometown well and give them something to cheer before the team leaves for Las Vegas.

That’s why he’s fired up even for Saturday’s exhibition against the Rams – he’s expected to make a cameo in that game – his first in Oakland wearing silver and black.

“It’s truly a blessing and just to have the opportunity to go and do that is a good [expletive] feeling,” Lynch said. “It’s a good [expletive] feeling.”

Lynch has always been active in the community, and hopes him playing here will bring more visibility to what’s being done to help kids in Oakland.

“I plan on continuing to do what I do in the community,” Lynch said. “It’ll probably be that now that I’m here, more people that are in the community might actually come out and support what it is that we’ve got going on.”