ALAMEDA -- While Stefen Wisniewski has not played since injuring his right calf against the Dallas Cowboys in the Raiders' preseason opener on Aug. 13, Alex Parsons has filled in at center admirably.Still, offensive coordinator Greg Knapp said both Wisniewski and Parsons would be "up" on Monday for the Raiders' regular season opener against San Diego."Were going to evaluate them during the week how practice is going to decide whos the starting center, per se, and the other one will be the backup guardcenter rotation guy," Knapp said."Once you get into season mode, well suit up seven (offensive linemen). We have to have a swing-guy inside and a swing tackle."So did you catch that? Wisniewski is also working at guard -- he was a standout left guard as a rookie last season -- after missing the entire offseason training activities while recovering from shoulder surgery and then going down with the calf issue.It would make sense to move Wisniewski back to left guard, where veteran Cooper Carlisle moved from right guard with the seining of Mike Brisiel, and with Parsons essentially running with the first-team offense the majority of the time."Hes done a fine job in improving his pass blocking skills," Knapp said of Parsons. "And thats usually the struggle for a young offensive lineman. And hes done a good job with the command of what we call 'spotting our line.' Because of what we do in the zone-run game, the center has a lot of responsibility of targeting us to the right linebacker or lineman, so hes done a fine job with that."While Jacoby Ford has yet to practice since injuring his left foot on Aug. 17, coach Dennis Allen was not ready to "officially" declare Ford not playing against the Chargers a done deal."We're going to hold out and wait until we get closer to game time to go ahead and make that decision," Allen insisted. "He's continued to get better. We'll see where we're at come gametime."And Allen on rookie receiver Juron Criner's sore right ankle: "My expectation is that he'll be ready to go Monday night."The Raiders will avoid a blackout as Monday's 7:15 p.m. game will indeed be televised locallyparking lots will open at 2:15 p.mRaiders games will air in Spanish on Univision Radio's 105.7 FM out of San Francisco, 100.7 FM out of San Jose, 1020 AM out of Los Angeles and 107.5 FM out of Fresno.
Derek Carr is on the mend. The Raiders franchise quarterback had surgery to repair his fibula shortly after he broke it in a Week 16 victory over Indianapolis, and is recovering well during the offseason.
Carr insisted on intense rehab this winter in an attempt – however unlikely it may have been – to return should the Raiders have played in the Super Bowl. It slowed to a normal pace after the Raiders' loss at Houston in the postseason’s opening round, but those in contact with him say he’s making strides.
Left tackle Donald Penn was recently in contact with Carr, and provided an update on Monday during an in-studio appearance on NFL Network.
“I texted Derek (a few) days ago checking in,” Penn said, “and he said he’s almost 100 percent.”
Surgically-repaired broken filbulas take significant time to heal, and the Raiders plan to be conservative with their MVP candidate during the offseason. Derek Carr’s brother and NFL Network analyst David Carr, who was on set with Penn on Monday, said Derek could be back for offseason work.
“He’s doing good,” David Carr said. “He’s walking around already, stretching it out. You can’t do a lot for the bone, right? But he’s going to be back. He’s going to get a whole full offseason in. That’s going to be the best part.”
Raiders Pro Bowl left guard Kelechi Osemele, running back Taiwan Jones and safety Brynden Trawick are currently enjoying their offseason in New Zealand.
But a few videos they posted going white-water rafting and bungee jumping left head coach Jack Del Rio a bit anxious.
"Anxiety level went up a bit thinking of my BIG pro bowl LG on the rapids!!" Del Rio tweeted Monday. "Can't leave out Brynden or Taiwan either ... have fun and be safe"
Osemele has posted a handful of photos and videos from the trip, including one of a raft capsizing with the caption: "It got real out there!!! Category 4 Rapids #NewZealand." Another showed the 6-foot-5, 333-pounder doing a backflip off a bungee platform with the caption: "Just did a backflip off the highest swing in the WORLD!!!!!!! Crazy!!! #LivingLife"
Can't leave out Brynden or Taiwan either ... have fun and be safe https://t.co/0ht7mwuUkd— Jack Del Rio (@coachdelrio) February 20, 2017
Ever seen a guy my size do a back flip off a cliff? Well there ya go 😜🤘🏾 pic.twitter.com/ZISIQk5g0p— Kelechi Osemele (@KOseven0) February 20, 2017
Posted in New Zealand 🤘🏾 pic.twitter.com/wFhnM0d3Qz— Kelechi Osemele (@KOseven0) February 19, 2017