Raiders Notebook: Healthy Strides in Alameda

Raiders Notebook: Healthy Strides in Alameda

Nov. 19, 2010
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Paul Gutierrez
CSNCalifornia.com

ALAMEDA -- There was a familiar jersey No. 81 running routes and catching passes at the start of the Raiders' light practice Friday morning.Chaz Schilens' addition, along with the inclusion of fellow walking wounded Raiders Nnamdi Asomugha, Zach Miller and John Henderson, marked the first time this season Oakland had everyone on the 53-man roster on the practice field at the same time.Still, Schilens' presence was more to gauge his progress from knee surgery in training camp. He has not played since the season began, let alone practiced, and will be inactive for Sunday's game at Pittsburgh."It was both positive and negative," coach Tom Cable said of Schilens' work.Tight end Miller (foot) said he would play while Cable said cornerback Asomugha (ankle) and defensive tackle Henderson (foot) would be gametime decisions. Receiver Darrius Heyward-Bey (hamstring) was also limited."We're fortunate," Cable said. "We've had a good deal of taking care of our bodies the right way, and that's the players' responsibility, and we've avoided those big issues. So, good for us."Officially, all except for Schilens are listed as "questionable" for the game, giving Cable and his staff more need for pause when figuring out the active 45 come Sunday."It's a good problem to have," he said.Henderson has not played since the home opener against St. Louis on Sept. 19 while Asomugha and Miller both missed the pre-bye overtime victory against Kansas City on Nov. 7."I feel good," Miller said after practice. "I got a chance to run a lot of routes today, catching the ball. Jason (Campbell) was throwing it to me. It feels good. It feels good to be healthy again."Miller initially tweaked what was described as an arch strain in his right foot at Denver on Oct. 24. He played through it but came off the field for several plays against Seattle a week later."Yeah, I was definitely worried about it," he said. "The timing of the bye week was great because it allowed me to get a ton of treatment and really help me recover."
Pittsburgh awaits.
"It's going to be fun," he said. "You know, this is what you get to play in when you're winning. You get to play in important games. Everyone's excited to get over there and take care of business."

Oakland stadium authority director doesn't want Raiders in 2019

Oakland stadium authority director doesn't want Raiders in 2019

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.

Raiders HC Jack Del Rio believes he could help Aldon Smith

Raiders HC Jack Del Rio believes he could help Aldon Smith

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.”