Raiders stave off Vikings in Minnesota 27-21


Raiders stave off Vikings in Minnesota 27-21


MINNEAPOLIS -- Raiders receiver Darrius Heyward-Bey suffered what appeared to be a neck injury after catching a four-yard pass across the middle early in the fourth quarter.Heyward-Bey took a knee to the back of his head, popping his helmet off. He was immobilized on the ground and strapped to a stretcher.His legs were moving in the immediate aftermath and he was taken to the hospital for reactionary X-rays.A.P. all day? Not on this day: Minnesota running back Adrian Peterson has been a study in durability in his NFL career after being banged up in college. Sunday, late in the first quarter, Peterson had his left ankle rolled up on by Raiders free safety Michael Huff. Peterson was helped off the field before being carted into the locker room. He walked back out in uniform at the start of the second half but did not play again after going for 26 yards on six carries, including a 12-yard touchdown run that gave the Vikings a 7-0 lead.Li'l Wiz back at center: Samson Satele did not play at San Diego with a balky left knee and suffered a concussion late in the second quarter against Minnesota, again forcing rookie Stephen Wisniewski to move from left guard to center. While Stephon Heyer again came in at left guard, Wisniewski should be getting all-rookie team recognition.Penalties, again: Everyone knows the Raiders are the most penalized team in the NFL. But even the most jaded of observers would have had trouble with the three personal foul penalties assessed on Oakland on Minnesota's first scoring drive, giving the Vikings 42 free yards -- a roughing-the-passer call on Tommy Kelly, unnecessary roughness on Aaron Curry and a face mask on Tyvon Branch.Bush Push II: Remember when Reggie Bush pushed his USC teammate Matt Leinart into the end zone at Notre Dame? Michael Bush (no relation) took a page from his namesake's book when he gave Carson Palmer a shove from one yard out, eight seconds left in the first half and no timeouts remaining.Turnover battle: Before Michael Bush lost his fumble with less than six minutes to play, the Raiders had been winning the turnover battle, 4-0.A game of firsts: Not only did Tommy Kelly get his first career interception, off a Lito Sheppard deflection, but Sebastian Janikowski had his first field-goal attempt blocked since the 2007 season opener. Janikowksi was attempting a 49-yarder a play after Heyward-Bey was injured.Fourth-quarter woes continue: The Raiders had to sweat out another win after being held scoreless again the fourth quarter. They have not scored in the final quarter since a Janikowski field goal with 10 minutes to play at Houstonon Oct. 9five games ago.Jared Bowl: : Raiders left tackle Jared Veldheer bested the NFL's leading sack artist, Vikings defensive end Jared Allen, holding him sackless and being called for only one penalty.

Raiders' Sean Smith charged with assault

Raiders' Sean Smith charged with assault

Raiders cornerback Sean Smith has been charged with assault, the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office announced on Thursday.

The charge is for assault of his sister's boyfriend in Smith's hometown of Pasadena. Smith allegedly beat and stomped the boyfriend's head on the morning of July 4, 2017 in Old Town Pasadena, the district attorney said.

Smith faces formal felony counts of assault by means of force likely to produce great bodily injury and battery with serious bodily injury to the victim.

The 30-year old plans to fight the charges levied against him. 

"Sean maintains his innocence at this time," Smith's attorney, Daniel Rosenberg told NBC Sports Califorinia on Thursday evening. "We are going to be entering a plea of not guilty and fighting these charges."

A warrant was filed on Aug. 16. Smith's arriagnment is scheduled for Sept. 29. 

Smith was not present at Thursday's Raiders practice, the last session of training camp. He surrendered to Los Angeles County authorities, posted an $80,000 bond and has been released from custody.

If convicted as charged, Smith could face a maximum sentence of seven years in California prison. 

A Raiders spokesman did not immediately respond to a request for comment. The case is still under investigation by the Pasadena Police Department. 

This is another blow in a rough summer for Smith. He has struggled on the practice field during training camp and faces an off-field legal issue. Smith is guaranteed $9.5 million for the 2017 season. 

More to come...

After speaking with Marshawn Lynch, two things are crystal clear

After speaking with Marshawn Lynch, two things are crystal clear

NAPA – Marshawn Lynch spoke with the media Thursday for the second time as a Raider. He was quick-witted, disarming and, as always, not suitable for work.

It was five minutes of peak Marshawn, where he brought light to his charitable endeavors, called himself the “daddy” of his position group and cleverly sidestepped all things nation anthem.

He was asked four questions on other topics before elephant in the room was mentioned. It didn’t stick around long.

“I think the elephant left the room because a little mouse ran in here,” Lynch deadpanned. “Didn’t they say elephants are scared of mice or something? That [expletive] left the room, cousin.”

[RATTO: Lynch reminds media how much control he exerts over any interaction]

Two more related questions came down the pike. The first was about Del Rio letting players be themselves. He answered a different question instead.

“Yeah, because on ‘doctor-24,’ it’s a designed way that you’re supposed to run it but I have all freedom to go any way that I choose to run it,” Lynch said. “I would say, yes.”

The final anthem-esque query was deflected in a similar fashion.

“When we run ‘74’ or something like that, where I have to scan and read on both sides, that is pretty difficult. For the most part, I’m a veteran so I can make it work.”

Two things were crystal clear after speaking with Lynch.

He didn’t miss football one bit during his year in retirement. Lynch said this spring he decided to return after the Raiders were approved to relocate away from his native Oakland. He wants to represent his hometown well and give them something to cheer before the team leaves for Las Vegas.

That’s why he’s fired up even for Saturday’s exhibition against the Rams – he’s expected to make a cameo in that game – his first in Oakland wearing silver and black.

“It’s truly a blessing and just to have the opportunity to go and do that is a good [expletive] feeling,” Lynch said. “It’s a good [expletive] feeling.”

Lynch has always been active in the community, and hopes him playing here will bring more visibility to what’s being done to help kids in Oakland.

“I plan on continuing to do what I do in the community,” Lynch said. “It’ll probably be that now that I’m here, more people that are in the community might actually come out and support what it is that we’ve got going on.”