Raiders RB Bush says OWI charge dropped


Raiders RB Bush says OWI charge dropped

Paul Gutierrez
CSNCalifornia.comNAPA -- Raiders running back Michael Bush, arrested on Feb. 12 in Jeffersonville, Ind. on suspicion of OWI (Operating While Intoxicated), told the charges against him have been dropped."It's a relief," Bush said. "I just want it out there." Clark County Jail Public Information Officer Chuck Adams, reached outside of his office, said Thursday afternoon he was not sure of the exact disposition of Bush's case but oftentimes first-time offenses are reduced to a lesser offense, typically public intoxication. Adams said he would know the disposition on Friday morning, when he returned to work.Bush's agent, Atlanta-based Todd France, had yet to reply to messages.The Raiders had no comment at the moment.REWIND: Raiders RB Bush arrested for drunk driving
Bush had an interesting offseason in that he found himself classified a restricted free agent after the NFL lockout ended. He signed his first- and third-round tenders and reported to Raiders camp 10 days after the first team bus showed up in Wine Country.Selected in the fourth round of the 2007 draft out of Louisville, Bush is the lone member of that 11-player Raiders draft class -- former coach Lane Kiffin's first draft -- still with the team. He was classified a third-year player rather than a fourth-year veteran because the reason he did not play that first year was due to an injury he incurred in college, rather than with the Raiders. So he technically only has three years of service time.Raiders owner Al Davis praised Bush in the Jan. 18 media conference introducing Hue Jackson as the head coach."He brings that toughness (running the ball) to the secondary," Davis said. "I don't want to challenge certain teams in this league, but by the third and fourth quarter, they don't want to tackle Bush in the secondary. They just don't want him. He's 250 pounds (of) power, speed, so that's a plus for us."He rushed for a career-high 655 yards in 2010 with a career-best eight touchdowns. In last year's season finale, and with Darren McFadden out injured, Bush rumbled for a career-high 137 yards on 25 carries with a 26-yard touchdown run and caught four passes for 34 yards.

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.”