Raiders' Johnson, Murphy undergo surgeries


Raiders' Johnson, Murphy undergo surgeries

Aug. 17, 2011


Paul Gutierrez

NAPA -- The inside joke throughout Raiders coach Hue Jackson's first training camp is that he refers to any injury as a "nick."But the "nicks" have turned to "knives." And the yucks, are no longer so funny.
Jackson on Wednesday acknowledged that receiver Louis Murphy and cornerback Chris Johnson had recently undergone surgical "procedures" on unspecified body parts.
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Johnson left practice on Sunday, though Jackson said at the time he was not injured. Then, when Johnson did not practice Monday, Jackson said it was because he was part of the "Over-30" club that got the day off.But Wednesday

"Chris will be back here very shortly and soon, and we'll get him back into uniform and get him playing," Jackson said. "I'm not going to go into detail exactly what it is butwe had to have some things cleaned up with him, for him, and I think he'll be back and on the mend and ready to play football."Meaning Jackson expects Johnson to ready for the opener on Sept. 12 in Denver. Rookie DeMarcus Van Dyke is taking first-team reps in his place.Murphy, meanwhile, had not practiced since the first week of camp and said his injury "was a hammy and some of the groin" on Saturday, making a sports hernia a likely culprit."It will take a little longer than Chris," Jackson said. "Murph did have a procedure similar to Chris, but Murphy's was a little bit more extensive than Chris, so Murph might be out a little longer than C.J."Also, safety Mike Mitchell, who has not practiced in nearly two weeks, is "getting some things looked ata consultation" on another, undisclosed injury.Beyond the Johnson, Murphy and Mitchell injury revelations, the Raiders are already without receiverkick returner Jacoby Ford (broken left hand), running backs Darren McFadden (fractured left orbital bone) and Taiwan Jones (hamstring), receiver Chaz Schilens (sprained knee), offensive tackle Stephon Heyer (right triceps strain) and safety Hiram Eugene (dislocated hip).

Plus, center Samson Satele left practice early with what Jackson called a little discomfort.
"It's the lockout," Jackson said, specifically in regards to the Johnson, Murphy and Mitchell news. "Let's just keep it real. When you're not around your players and can't see them and deal with them and talk to them and be a part of what's going on, sometimes things happen that you're not sure until you get them out here. Then you realize, Oh, maybe we'd better fix something or get something right before we put them back out here."Media members were not the only ones caught off guard by the news. So, too, was free safety Michael Huff when told of Johnson's situation."Dang, wish I would have known," Huff said. "Nobody tells me anything."

Derek Carr issues statement about Raiders relocating to Vegas

Derek Carr issues statement about Raiders relocating to Vegas

The Oakland Raiders are moving to Las Vegas.

Shortly after the news was announced on Monday, Raiders quarterback Derek Carr posted the following message on Twitter:

"As I sit here and see a vote that takes the Raiders to Las Vegas, I am overwhelmed with emotion. I don't know how we should feel. I feel the pain of our fans in Oakland. I also see the joy on the faces of our new fans in Las Vegas.

"As players, we will show up and give everything we have. We will compete and we will do our best to bring a championship to the entire Raider Nation. While I am from California and would have loved playing in Oakland my whole career, I understand the business side of the NFL. It affects us all.

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"Oakland, our team loves you, and my family and I love you! WE will be resilient and WE will stay together because that's what true Raiders do. WE are loyal, even when it's hard. WE stick together, especially when it's tough.

"So Las Vegas, you can count on us bringing a piece of Oakland with us and you are getting a tough, loyal, and competitive fan base and team. When the time comes, I hope you are ready.

"For now, it's about 2017 and our diehards in Oakland. God bless & Go Raiders!"

It's unclear where the Raiders will play before their new stadium is slated to open for the 2020 season.

Raiders owner Mark Davis: Oakland will always be part of our DNA

Raiders owner Mark Davis: Oakland will always be part of our DNA

The Oakland Raiders received conditional approval from the National Football League to relocate the franchise to Las Vegas, Nevada.

Shortly thereafter, owner Mark Davis issued the following statement:

“My father always said, ‘the greatness of the Raiders is in its future,’ and the opportunity to build a world-class stadium in the entertainment capital of the world is a significant step toward achieving that greatness. I would like to thank Commissioner Goodell, the National Football League and my 31 partners. I would also like to thank Governor Brian Sandoval and the Nevada Legislature for their commitment. Finally, I would like to thank Sheldon Adelson for his vision and leadership, without which this project never would have become a reality.

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“The Raiders were born in Oakland and Oakland will always be part of our DNA. We know that some fans will be disappointed and even angry, but we hope that they do not direct that frustration to the players, coaches and staff. We plan to play at the Coliseum in 2017 and 2018, and hope to stay there as the Oakland Raiders until the new stadium opens. We would love nothing more than to bring a championship back to the Bay Area.”

The only owner who voted against the move was Miami's Stephen Ross, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter.

Oakland Raiders media services contributed to this story