Wisniewski played with torn labrum as rookie

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Wisniewski played with torn labrum as rookie

ALAMEDA -- Li'l Wiz is going stir crazy, so to speak.Moving from left guard to center, Stefen Wisiewski is still recovering from offseason shoulder surgery and forced to stand around while his teammates practice in OTAs. But having to watch and not participate is not as painful as the shoulder injury he played through as a rookie.Turns out Stefen Wisniewski suffered a torn labrum early in the season, perhaps even as soon as training campand played on."Made for a long year," he said Wednesday. "(But) a lot of guys play through that."Were linemen. Tape it up and go to work. We dont have to run very far or move very far, so they dont worry too much about us being hurt, as long as you can take a couple steps and grab on to somebody."Wisniewski, though, would not say which shoulder was hurt, just that he expects to be a full-go by the time the Raiders report to Napa for training camp on July 29.The Raiders have a mandatory minicamp next Tuesday through Thursday in Alameda, in the meantime.Last year Wisniewski started once in place of Samson Satele at center -- the Thursday night primetime game in San Diego. So it's not as though he is starting completely fresh."Im fine with it," he said. "Im excited about it. Its nice to kind of be the boss of the O-line in there, making calls and you get to be in charge, which is nice. Its a good position. You got to be athletic, you got to be smart, you got to be tough. I like it a lot."Last offseason I was preparing to be the center. Thats what they told me. I ended up switching to guard, which was fine. This offseason they tell me now to play center. Thats what Im getting ready for. I dont expect to change back, but you never know."For now, it's all about mental reps for Wisniewski as Alex Parsons plays center with the first-team offense for a unit that is under new management, so to speak, with coordinator Greg Knapp and a zone-blocking scheme."Its similar (with) a lot of new wrinkles," Wisniewski said. "We have a million different ways to run zone. You've got to know the little nuances of each one, but its something were working on. I expect it to really help the running game. I think its going to really work well for us."And from a rehabbing center's perspective, does Li'l Wiz like it?"Absolutely," he said. "You've got to be able to move. If you look at our O-line, thats one thing we all can do across the board. We can move, we can run, were athletic. So I think its going to work for us, especially with the speed weve got at running back."

Derek Carr approves of Tiger Woods' new pool table

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Derek Carr approves of Tiger Woods' new pool table

Tiger Woods' re-felted pool table is for all of Raider Nation.

To no surprise, quarterback Derek Carr approves of the new look. 

The golf legend tweeted a picture of his new table where he went with silver felt and a Raiders logo right in the middle. Woods' table also has silver and black balls with the Raiders logo on them. 

Woods grew up in Southern California and attended Stanford in 1994, the Raiders' last year in Los Angeles. That same year, Woods helped the Cardinal become the NCAA Division I golf champions before turning pro.

After eating her food as kid, Lynch purchasing restaurant from 79-year-old

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After eating her food as kid, Lynch purchasing restaurant from 79-year-old

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.