Raiders injury report: Goodson with hamstring issue

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Raiders injury report: Goodson with hamstring issue

ALAMEDA -- Running back Mike Goodson did not practice Friday for the first time this week and landed on the injury list with a sore hamstring."I don't think it's any big deal," said coach Dennis Allen. "We held him out of practice today, more for precautionary measure, but we'll have to see how he's doing tomorrow, and then probably work him out before the game, see where he's at."RELATED: Raiders to miss trio of Steelers stalwarts Sunday
The same goes for concussed middle linebacker Rolando McClain. And with cornerback Shawntae Spencer out with a sprained foot, expect free safety Michael Huff to see time at corner.Following, then, is the Raiders' status report for Sunday's game against PittsburghOUT
CB Shawntae Spencer (right foot), RT Khalif Barnes (groin)QUESTIONABLE
GC Alex Parsons (shoulder), RB Mike Goodson (hamstring), RB Taiwan Jones (ribs), TE David Ausberry (shoulder), PK Sebastian Janikowski (left groin), MLB Rolando McClain (concussionankle), DT Richard Seymour (knee), CB Coye Francies (concussion).PROBABLE
WR Juron Criner (right ankle)

Raiders select LB Marquel Lee in fifth round of the 2017 NFL Draft

Raiders select LB Marquel Lee in fifth round of the 2017 NFL Draft

MARQUEL LEE
Position: Linebacker
College: Wake Forest
Height: 6-foot-3
Weight: 240 pounds
Selection: Fifth round, No. 168 overall

ALAMEDA – It took five full rounds, but the Raiders finally drafted an inside linebacker. They don’t have a starter in the middle and have razor thin depth at that position and weakside linebacker, with Jelani Jenkins as that position group’s only experienced member.

The Raiders could’ve addressed this pressing need earlier in the draft but followed their draft board and fortified other positions instead. General manager Reggie McKenzie finally added Lee to the mix.

He’s certainly the right size at 6-foot-3, 240 pounds and long arms. He’s was a team leader in college, and analysts say he takes a disciplined approach to his craft. He’s a solid run defender and does his job creating proper run fits.

Critics says his slow to adjust to misdirection, and doesn’t play fast enough in man coverage. His speed may have pushed Lee down the draft board some, which might hinder his ability to play inside in a Raiders scheme where inside linebackers are expected to have great range in coverage.

Lee is a decent blitzer, with 7.5 sacks as a senior. He also had 105 tackles, including 20 for a loss, and three forced fumbles in his final season.

He’ll certainly come in an compete for a role with linebackers already here, including Cory James and Ben Heeney. The Raiders might still look for a veteran addition. That includes 2016 starter Perry Riley, who remains on the open market.

Raiders fourth-round OL refutes pre-draft rumors: 'I'm not legally blind'

Raiders fourth-round OL refutes pre-draft rumors: 'I'm not legally blind'

ALAMEDA – Florida offensive tackle David Sharpe spent part of his pre-draft process dispelling rumors that he was legally blind in his right eye. The report came out this spring, and Sharpe denied it quickly.

The information reappeared Saturday morning, when NFL Network analyst Mike Mayock mentioned it shortly after the Raiders drafted Sharpe No. 129 overall. The draft analyst said Sharpe might be restricted to the offensive line’s left side.

Sharpe said that isn’t the case. He can play left or right tackle. And his vision is just fine, thank you very much.

“I’m not blind. I’m not legally blind,” Sharpe said. “The information is false, all of it is false. I just had a little cataract removal when I was younger and I’ve been battling that since I was young. But it doesn’t affect my play or vision or anything. I’m not blind.”

Sharpe said his right eye is a little blurrier than the left, but it doesn’t impact his play in any way.

The 6-foot-6, 343-pound blocker was projected to go in the first three rounds, but fell to the fourth. He wasn’t upset about an issue that was a non-issue.

“It doesn’t really make me mad,” Sharpe said. “I just brush it off. It was just false and I addressed it.”

The Raiders had some inside info on Sharpe’s play. Head coach Jack Del Rio’s son Luke is Florida’s quarterback, and vouched for Sharpe’s effectiveness before Oakland made the official selection.

“He actually texted me this morning and said his dad called him and asked about me,” Sharpe said. “There was a little hint there, so that was cool.”