Raiders turned into the walking wounded


Raiders turned into the walking wounded

OAKLAND -- Already without their starting quarterback in Jason Campbell, their starting fullback inMarcel Reece, a starting cornerback in Chris Johnson, a starting defensive end in the IR'd Matt Shaughnessy and their record-setting placekicker in Sebastian Janikowski, the Raiders had four players unable to finish the 28-0 loss to Kansas City due to injury.

Darren McFadden, who entered the day as the NFL's leading rusher, left the game after the Raiders' first offensive series with an injury to his right foot. He emerged from the locker room before halftime with the foot heavily bandaged but did not play again after getting four yards on two carries.

Tight end Kevin Boss also suffered a concussion in the defeat on his lone reception, an 11-yard pickup in the third quarter.

Plus, safety Matt Giordano seemed to be bothered in pregame warmups and did not finish with neck spasms.

And middle linebacker Rolando McClain, who suffered a badly sprained ankle at Houston two weeks ago, injured his lower left leg against the Chiefs.

"All those things," said coach Hue Jackson, "we'll know a little more tomorrow after we get a chance to get them further evaluated."

The Raiders' bye week could not have come at a better time.

"It's a different game," Jackson said, when asked if McFadden being knocked out affected things. "I mean we got to play when guys get hurt. Guys are going to get hurt. We lost our quarterback a week ago, Darren went down. I'm not going to make excuses for our football team. I'm not that wayand we're not going to blink about this.

"I know you guys are going to write whatever you want to, and deservedly so. We got our tails kicked. But I promise you this, we'll be back. We will be back."

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.”