Jihad Ward’s offseason program was cut short. The Raiders defensive lineman didn’t complete OTAs or participate in the team’s mandatory minicamp, though at the time the reason was uncertain.
Ward provided some insight on his absence, which seems to be injury related. He posted a photo of himself on Snapchat using a support scooter with a cast and bandage on his lower left leg and foot while wearing a hospital gown. According to a timeline in the photo, the picture was taken last month. It appears that Ward underwent a procedure on his leg, though Ward never formally states that fact.
The Raiders are counting on him to make strides in his second season and be a contributor on the interior defensive line. He had been working primarily with the first unit when involved in practice.
Head coach Jack Del Rio wasn’t asked about Ward specifically, but said he hoped to have a completely healthy roster by the start of training camp.
Here are three slides recently posted on Ward’s Snapchat account:
Marshawn Lynch first tasted Cassie Nickelson's food when he was nine years old while she catered out of her Oakland apartment.
"When he was 9-years-old, he came across the street to get a hamburger and French fries. 25-cent French fries and a 75-cent hamburger," Nickelson said to KTVU.
Lynch, 31, is now set to take over Nickelson's popular soul-food restaurant, Scend's Restaurant and Bar, in Emeryville. Nickelson, 79, will be retiring in August.
"I'm comfortable with him and I like him," Nickelson said.
Lynch will not become the official owner until the liquor license changes hands. Scend's, an acronym for Nickelson's children and grandchildren, is known for its seafood, fried chicken and red beans.
Raider Nation is grieving on Monday.
The father of general manager Reggie McKenzie passed away recently, and the franchise issued the following statement:
"The Raiders family is saddened by the passing of Sam McKenzie Jr., father of Reggie and Raleigh McKenzie. The thoughts and prayers of the entire Raider Nation are with the McKenzie family."
No additional information is known at this time.