Raiders notes: Wisniewski probably out against Detroit


Raiders notes: Wisniewski probably out against Detroit

NAPA -- Raiders center Stefen Wisniewski's strained calf is not only keeping him from live reps in practice but will most likely keep him out of Oakland's all-important third exhibition game, Saturday against Detroit."I wouldn't expect him to play this week, no," Raiders coach Dennis Allen said following practice Wednesday.Wisniewski, the Raiders' top draft pick out of Penn State in 2011, is learning a new position after excelling at left guard last year. He was injured, though, in the Raiders' preseason opener against Dallas on Aug. 13.So is Wisniewski simply too hurt to play this week, or is it too close to the regular season to risk further injury?"It's a little bit of both," Allen said. "If we were in the regular season could he push through and play? Probably. Maybe. I don't know."We're not going to take that chance right now in a preseason game."Alex Parsons has been taking the first-team snaps at center and no matter who gets the call on Sept. 10, he will be the Raiders' sixth different starting center in as many years.RELATED: Parsons taking advantage
Backup quarterback Matt Leinart, meanwhile, will be a gametime decision against the Lions after taking stitches to his right (non-throwing) index finger in Arizona on Friday."He's fine to play," Allen said. "Whether we play him or not, I don't know the answer to that yet."NEWS: Leinart not taking snaps
Leinart appeared to take a blow to the head from Cardinals nose tackle Ricky Lumpkin in the play that cut his finger and knocked him out of the game.Asked if Leinart had a concussion, Allen shook his head."No, we went through the battery of tests and that was not the case," Allen said. "Just the finger."The biggest adjustment will be handoffs but we feel like we've got a splint that we can put on where it won't be an issue."So, how did free agent defensive endlinebacker Andre Carter's work out go on Tuesday?"It went all right," Allen said. "We got a good look-see. We'll see what we do from here."Tight end Richard Gordon did not practice due to sore ribs suffered against the Cardinals.

Donald Penn: Raiders players trust McKenzie will add right pieces

Donald Penn: Raiders players trust McKenzie will add right pieces

The Raiders were pretty darn good last season. A 12-4 record proved that point. There was plenty of talent on a team with a penchant for high-wire acts in victory that masked the fact there were holes on the roster.

They need to be filled for the Raiders to improve in 2017, and new players will be imported through free agency and the draft.

Left tackle Donald Penn is excited to see who gets added, but said there’s no doubt talent is coming to Oakland. He speaks for Raiders players, who have faith that general manager Reggie McKenzie will make the right moves.

“Things that Reggie has done in past drafts have been great, and we’re looking forward to seeing what he brings back towards us,” Penn said recently during an in-studio appearance on NFL Network. “We can’t wait to get back out there healthy. We’re ready to hit the football world with a storm.”

While new guys are coming, a few might head out. The Raiders have several unrestricted free agents. Penn wants to keep his guys around – he mentioned running back Latavius Murray by name -- though he has some ideas for McKenzie’s checklist.

The Raiders don’t need much with most key players under contract – the Raiders should be less active in free agency over past offseasons – but a few key components could put this team over the top.

“If we stick to Reggie’s plan, we’ll be great,” Penn said. “I know he’s going to have a great draft, add a couple little pieces here and there – maybe somebody in the secondary to help out a little bit.

"On offense, you could always use a weapon. Maybe we get another receiver to take (pressure off Michael Crabtree and Amari Cooper), but we have a good nucleus right now.”

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.”