Raiders notes: No Carter, no red flag, no chance

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Raiders notes: No Carter, no red flag, no chance

DENVER -- Officially, the Raiders were not able to get one hit on Denver quarterback Peyton Manning in their 37-6 loss to the Broncos on Sunday.Not a single one.Surely, recently signed defensive end Andre Carter could have helped that situation, no? Well, no. Not with Carter inactive.So why was Carter, who made the trip, not active for the game?"He hasn't been in camp with anybody, so we just felt like the right thing to do was to give him this week (off)," Raiders coach Dennis Allen said after the game. "We've got the bye week and then we'll evaluate where we are after that."Many critics are pointing to the lack of an Allen challenge early in the third quarter as the flash point for the Raiders' wheels falling off.
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With the score 10-6, and the Raiders facing a 3rd and 5 at their own 25-yard line, quarterback Carson Palmer hit Denarius Moore on a little hitch route on the left sideline. His body appeared to be past the first-down marker but an unfavorable spot had the Raiders short by a yard.So why didn't Allen throw his red challenge flag?"When I looked at it on the review I thought it was the right call," Allen said. "(Moore) caught the ball and kind of rolled backwards out of bounds and that was the explanation that the official gave me so he had to mark it where the ball went when he actually went out of bounds. If he had been touched, then forward progress might have given us the first down there."The Raiders punted and the rout was on.- The Broncos' 37-6 victory was their largest margin of victory over the Raiders since 1962, a year before Al Davis joined Oakland. On Oct. 5, 1962, the Broncos beat the Raiders, 44-7.- The Broncos did not punt in a game for the fifth time in franchise history.- Peyton Manning threw for 338 yards, the NFL record 65th game in his career in which he's passed for at least 300 yards.

Raiders LT Donald Penn: QB Derek Carr 'almost 100 percent'

Raiders LT Donald Penn: QB Derek Carr 'almost 100 percent'

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.”

Del Rio’s anxiety level up with trio of Raiders going extreme in New Zealand

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Del Rio’s anxiety level up with trio of Raiders going extreme in New Zealand

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"