Not Practicing: Taiwan Jones (knee), Brandon Myers (shoulder), Denarius Moore, (hamstring), Eddie McGee (hamstring), Mike Goodson (neck).
Notable: Aaron Curry remains sidelined with a knee injury. He is in Los Angeles, and head coach Dennis Allen will get in touch with him to see where he's at in the healing process. Allen said he's "not the same healthy Aaron Curry we saw on tape last year." Allen did acknowledge it's getting "closer" to the point where Curry may not be ready to go for the regular season opener, but he emphasized they are not there yet.
Back in Action: Richard Seymour and Tyvon Branch.
Seen, Not Heard: In street clothes (or "beach clothes" if you know the punter's personality), Shane Lechler was back on the Raiders practice field. He was off to the side, exchanging pleasantries with personnel.
Long Time, No See: Jon Gruden was back on the Napa practice field for the first time since 2001. He's here scouting the team for Monday night's broadcast, and perhaps picked up some pointers from our own Greg Papa. The two were spotted talking as practice went on in front of them.
Close Call: Wide receiver Duke Calhoun was carted off, sitting in the front passenger seat of a golf cart. He hobbled past me on crutches with his right knee bandaged. Mario Kurn also left with a knee injury. Both will undergo MRIs.
Eye on Reps: For first offense drills, it was Darrius Heyward-Bey, Rod Streater and Jacoby Ford lining up for a three-wideout set.
Quotable: Raider Nation might not join fan bases that have been disappointed with their team's first preseason effort because, according to Allen, the Raiders are geared up for a win Monday. "The emphasis is on a win, that's the only reason we play the game...it doesn't mean our starters will play four quarters. We're trying to win the game, but also evaluate who will best help our team. (Preseason games) don't count, but they matter. The best way to develop a winning attitude is to win the game."
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.”