Raiders pick Wisniewski with 48th overall pick


Raiders pick Wisniewski with 48th overall pick


ALAMEDA -- The Raiders selected Stefen Wisniewski with the 48th overall pick in the 2011 NFL Draft.

Wisniewski, an offensive lineman from Penn State, was a first-team All American in 2010.

Wisniewski comes from a football family. His father, Leo Wisniewski, played three seasons with the Colts and his uncle Steve Wisniewski was an eight-time Pro Bowler for the Raiders.

Steve Wisniewski was hired as a Raiders assistant coach on Jan. 27.

RELATED: Raiders hire Wisniewski as assistant coachCollege career: Wisniewski, nephew of former Raiders great and Oakland's new assistant offensive line coach Steve, started 37 of his last 38 games for the Nittany Lions. In 2010, Li'l Wiz was at right guard, after starting all 13 games of the 2009 season at center. In 47 career games, he had 265 knockdown blocks and, in three seasons as a starter, was credited with 37 touchdown-producing blocks. He was Penn States first three-time Academic All-American and its 81st first-team All-American selection.Scouting report: He has a disposition as nasty as is his Raiders legacy clear. He also said his on-field temperament is on par with his uncle's legendary temper. Wiz 2.0 has stated a reference to playing at guard but can also play center. He has the tools to step in and start immediately for a re-tooled offensive line.How he fits with Raiders: Coach Hue Jackson made no bones about it - Li'l Wiz is the team's center, which might come as a surprise to Samson Satele, who was slapped with an original-round tender. Wisniewski, though, has the blessing of perhaps the greatest Raider of all - Hall of Fame center Jim Otto. So Li'l Wiz has that going for him, which is nice.

Injury report: RB Murray questionable, in line to play Sunday

Injury report: RB Murray questionable, in line to play Sunday

ALAMEDA – The Raiders should get Latavius Murray back in time to play the Jacksonville Jaguars.

That’s good news for the running game and the entire Raiders roster, which is surprisingly healthy at this point in the season.

Murray was listed as questionable on Friday’s official injury report but, barring a setback, is expected to play after missing two games with turf toe.

Murray was limited the entire week, but his return to football activity was a productive period.

“I thought he had a good week of practice,” Raiders head coach Jack Del Rio said. “It was nice to have him back.”

Menelik Watson also returned this week, but was limited in each practice and deemed questionable for the game. He may be healthy enough to be active, but it’s uncertain whether he or Austin Howard will start at right tackle.

There are several examples of the Raiders bringing returners back slowly this season. They could make Watson an emergency option behind Howard in hopes of giving him another week to get back in the swing of things.

While there are key players on injured reserve, there was near-perfect attendance for Friday’s walk-thru practice before the team left for Jacksonville.

Brynden Trawick returned for this light session after missing two heavier days, though offensive tackle Vadal Alexander was considered a non-participant.

Raiders Status Report

OL Vadal Alexander (ankle)
RB Latavius Murray (toe), OL Rodney Hudson (knee), OL Gabe Jackson (knee), RB Taiwan Jones (knee), OT Menelik Watson (calf), OL Jon Feliciano (calf), S Brynden Trawick (shoulder)

Jaguars Status Report

OT Kelvin Beachum (knee), DL Jared Odrick (hip), TE Neal Sterling (foot), TE Julius Thomas (ankle)

NOTE: Jacksonville’s CB Prince Amukamara (hamstring), S Johnathan Cyprien (calf), S Tashaun Gipson (knee), RB Corey Grant (toe), WR Rashad Greene (Achilles), WR Allen Hurns (shoulder), DT Abry Jones (hamstring), G Brandon Linder (foot), DT Sen’Derrick Marks (knee) and OT Jeremy Parnell (hip) did not receive an injury designation, meaning they will play.

Injury report: Murray rebounds well after return to Raiders practice

Injury report: Murray rebounds well after return to Raiders practice

ALAMEDA – Latavius Murray will spend this practice week testing himself to see if he can play after a debilitating bout of turf toe sidelined him the last two games.

He returned to action on a limited basis for Wednesday’s practice, and needed to respond and rebound well to continue his quest back to the playing field.

Early returns have been positive.

"I think he got a handful of plays out there (on Wednesday)," offensive coordinator Bill Musgrave said before Thursday’s practice. "I think he’s looking to get better each and every day and hopefully it’s good enough by the time the next game arrives."

Murray practiced a second straight day on Thursday, strengthening his case to play against the Jaguars. That’s extremely likely, barring a setback.

That would certainly strengthen a Raiders running game that has slumped the past few weeks.

“Latavius has his own skill set,” Musgrave said. “Had some explosive runs for us last year. We’ll look forward to getting him back at some point. Hopefully it’s this week.”

Right tackle Menelik Watson practiced for a second straight day and seems in line to re-claim his starting spot against Jacksonville.

Special teams player Brynden Trawick and offensive lineman Vadal Alexander remain out.

It’s possible that Perry Riley will start at middle linebacker over rookie Cory James on Sunday.

Check back for complete participation reports for the Raiders and Jaguars.