Raiders wrestling with roster decisions


Raiders wrestling with roster decisions

ALAMEDA -- Linebacker Aaron Curry is eligible to be activated to the 53-man roster on Wednesday.Cornerback Ron Bartell is eligible to be activated in time to play Sunday at Baltimore."We haven't made a decision on either one of those yet," Raiders coach Dennis Allen said Monday at his weekly media conference.And so it goes.Because remember, it's not as easy as simply activating a player; there has to be a corresponding roster move. And the salary cap has to be taken into consideration.Plus, with the Raiders' top two running backs nursing high ankle sprains, the potential of signing another player has to be taken into account as well."There's only so many spots you've got," Allen said.Bartell was injured in the season opener, suffering a fractured shoulder blade against San Diego."We have until Saturday to make that decision," Bartell said, "so Im going to put another good week of practice in, and if all goes well at practice, and they deem me fit and ready to play, then Ill be ready to play."I made some good progress, but you know, missing seven weeks, just not being in game shape, its tough to get back. But I definitely feel a lot better, a lot more confident. Ive got another week to get prepared, and thats what I plan on doing and well make that decision on Saturday."The case for Curry, though, is especially curious since Allen had recently said he "anticipated" activating the high-energy linebacker with knee issues for the Tampa Bay game."Well, I still think, at the end of the day, theres some question there exactly where he is physically," Allen said of Curry. "But the other thing that I said was, Im not going to make that decision until I feel I have to. So, thats part of the deal, too, and we didnt feel like we had to make a decision at that point in time. But were getting closer to that point where we got to make a decision."Two other injured Raiders who have remained on the 53-man roster, though, are making strides.Right tackle Khalif Barnes (groin) and cornerback Shawntae Spencer (right foot) were both injured at Miami in Week 2. The Raiders will work out Spencer on Tuesday to test him out and Barnes is expected to practice Wednesday."We'll see, I've worked hard to get back here and did everything that was asked," said Spencer, who has trained on the anti-gravity treadmill alterG. "So all we can do is seeI'm just pretty much a go out and wing it-kind of guy. So we'll go out, do whatever they say, and see how it plays out."Willie Smith, meanwhile, has played in place of Barnes and has had a rough go of it. Sunday, he allowed a sack and his holding penalty negated a 47-yard touchdown pass from Carson Palmer to Derek Hagan. Of course, had Smith not held Michael Bennett, Palmer would have been crushed by Bennett and the pass never would have been thrown.

Week after signing with Vikings, ex-Raiders RB Murray undergoes surgery

Week after signing with Vikings, ex-Raiders RB Murray undergoes surgery

A week after signing a deal with the Vikings, former Raiders running back Latavius Murray has undergone ankle surgery.

The Vikings made the announcement Wednesday afternoon.

Minnesota issued the following statement regarding the surgery:

"Vikings RB Latavius Murray had successful ankle surgery today. The surgery was performed by Dr. Bob Anderson in Charlotte, North Carolina. We were aware of the required surgery prior to signing Latavius on March 16. Latavius is expected to fully recover and be available for training camp."

Murray's deal with the Vikings is reported worth $15 million over three years, but can reportedly be voied after the first year.

Drafted in the sixth round of the 2013 NFL Draft, Murray became the Raiders' primary running back midway through the 2015 season. In his three years in Oakland, Murray carried the ball 543 times for 2,278 yards and 12 touchdowns. He was named to the Pro Bowl in 2015.

Ex-Raiders tight end signs deal with Jaguars

Ex-Raiders tight end signs deal with Jaguars

After four seasons with the Raiders, tight end Mychal Rivera is on the move.

The 2013 sixth-round pick has signed a deal with the Jacksonville Jaguars, the team announced.

News of an agreement between the two sides was first reported by ESPN. Terms of the deal were not immediately known.

After playing a prominent role in Oakland his first two seasons, Rivera saw his numbers decrease in 2015 and 2016. This past season, he caught just 18 passes for 192 yards and one touchdown.

In his time with the Raiders, the Tennessee alum caught a total of 146 passes for 1,413 yards and 10 touchdowns.

The Raiders signed free agent tight end Jared Cook last week to go with incumbents Clive Walford and Lee Smith.

Shortly after the deal was announced, Rivera took to Instagram to thank Raiders fans.

"Thank You #RaiderNation. It was an honor to wear silver and black for the first 4 years of my NFL career. A kid from LA was drafted to the Bay...and God made a way! Wins, Losses, Blood, Sweat, & Tears made me the player I am today. Better than ever. The values that embody what it is to be a Raider will stick with me for life," Rivera wrote.