Raiders notes: TE Boss injures left knee


Raiders notes: TE Boss injures left knee

Paul Gutierrez
CSNCalifornia.comSAN FRANCISCO -- More than an organization held its breath when recently-acquired tight end Kevin Boss limped off the field Saturday night.So, too, did a fan base.Boss had just caught his first pass of the game, a clutch 14-yard reception across the middle from Trent Edwards that put the Raiders at the 49ers' 12-yard line late in the second quarter, when something went wrong."After I caught that pass," Boss said, "the guy came and just put his helmet on the knee."Tarell Brown was credited with the tackle, Boss spent most of the second half with a huge ice pack on his left knee and Raiders coach Hue Jackson called the injury "a minor strain."Boss was asked after the Raiders' eventual 17-3 defeat if it was a minor injury.RECAP: Hunter Runs 49ers past Raiders 17-3"It's hard to tell," he said. "It's nothing serious, that's for sure. Take a little time to heal up."Boss was signed to a four-year, 16-million free agent deal on Aug. 5, after the Raiders lost Pro Bowler Zach Miller to Seattle.The Raiders surrendered 239 yards rushing to the 49ers, 100 yards in the first half, when the starters were in the game.So were they surprised at how easily the 49ers carved up their defense on the ground?"They had a good day," said defensive end Matt Schaughnessy, who also had an interception. "You can't take anything away from them."Gutierrez: Raiders take major steps backwardRookie cornerback DeMarcus Van Dyke, on his first NFL start: "I was nervous the first play, but after that, I was just playing ball. The speed of the game slowed down a lot for me the second game. I got my feet wet the first game and I was much better tonight."Right tackle Khalif Barnes admitted he was surprised the Raiders' hard work in camp did not translate onto the field at Candlestick Park."We've been grinding and digging and going after each other and tonight was a night to try and get after somebody else," Barnes said. "But we didn't start fast and we made some mistakes. If everybody fixes the mistakes they made, we'll come back stronger."Right guard Bruce Campbell also made his 2011 exhibition debut and immediately got into it with 49ers defensive tackle Will Tukuafu on his first two plays."Of course," Campbell said. "I mean, I've been out for a while. In practice, I've got to make sure I practice on my leverage."In the second half, Oakland had a line with a rookie in Stefen Wisniewski at center, Cambell at right guard and another rookie in Joseph Barksdale at right tackle."Pretty much it's three rookies," Campbell said, "so we're just trying to get a connection going now so we all can flow if anything happens later on the line."Added Barksdale: "You focus on what you do, but at the end of the day you're still a unit with 11 moving parts. It takes 11 people to score and we've got to get those 11 on the same page."Besides Boss and quarterback Jason Campbell being knocked out of the game after taking a knee to the helmet -- he was scheduled to take a concussion test -- Jackson said the only other Raiders player to emerge injured was safety Jerome Boyd, with a contusion to a leg.There were no surprises in the list of Raiders "scratches," as receivers Jacoby Ford (left hand), Shawn Bayes (unknown), Louis Murphy (hamstringgroin) and Chaz Schilens (knee), running backs Darren McFadden (fractured left eye orbital) and Taiwan Jones (hamstring), James McCluskey (unknown), safeties Hiram Eugene (dislocated left hip), Mike Mitchell (unknown) and Zac Etheridge (knee), cornerback Chris Johnson (unknown) and offensive linemen Lou Eliades (unknown) and Alan Pelc (unknown). Also, while offensive lineman Stephon Heyer (strained right triceps) was not listed as scratched, he was not in uniform.

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.”