Asomugha pulls out of Pro Bowl, Bailey replaces

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Asomugha pulls out of Pro Bowl, Bailey replaces

Jan. 27, 2011RAIDERS PAGE RAIDERS VIDEO
Paul Gutierrez
CSN California HONOLULU, Hawaii Nnamdi Asomughas sprained right ankle, suffered on a freak play on Halloween when he came down awkwardly on Seattle receiver Golden Tate's foot on the sidelines, cost the Raiders cornerback two games and numerous snaps.RELATED: Asomugha, Lechler named to All-Pro team
A re-aggravation of it, incurred in the AFCs opening Pro Bowl practice on Wednesday, is costing him a chance to play in the NFLs all-star game Sunday.Asomugha pulled out of the Pro Bowl to little fanfare following practiceThursday at Kapolei High School in West Oahu and will be replaced by Denvers Champ Bailey.
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There had been no evidence of a medical issue with Asomugha in that he made it through the first two helmets-and-shorts practices, though he did exhibit a slight limp. Following todays practice, he spoke on the field at length with coach Bill Belichick and walked briskly off the field, answering a few questions from tailing reporters. Asomugha never let on he was going to pull out of the Pro Bowl. In fact, he jogged to the bus.The day before, Asomugha sat poolside at the players hotel for a revealing Q&A with csncalifornia.com and talked about his sprained ankle.It was on a fluke play, he said, one of those uncontrollable things, and then it left us in the place where were at. The injury also contributed to Asomugha missing some incentives, which voided his contact and made him a free agent.
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Baltimore linebacker Ray Lewis was asked if he had been recruiting Asomugha. Stop that, Lewis said with a laugh. I cant tell you that. Lets just say we had some good conversations. Asked how good Asomugha is, Lewis smiled again.
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I think hes the best, Lewis said. When you see that kind of talent, playing that position, he reminds you of the old school. The Night Train Lanes, the Rod Woodsons, the Deion Sanders, all those guys. He just has those types of skills. Asomugha was just named All-Pro at cornerback for the second time in his career.

A's, Raiders team up to raise money for those affected by Oakland fire

A's, Raiders team up to raise money for those affected by Oakland fire

ALAMEDA, Calif. – The Oakland Raiders have teamed up with the Oakland A’s to aid those affected by Friday’s Oakland warehouse fire. The Raiders have pledged to match up to $30,000 in contributions through the YouCaring.com page established by the A’s. 
 
The Raiders will also observe a moment of silence in recognition of the victims and their families prior to tomorrow’s game against the Buffalo Bills at Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum.
 
To join the A’s and Raiders in making a donation, please visit: https://www.youcaring.com/oaklandfirevictimsfrom130531staveinoakland-706680#mlb-oakland

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Patriots place Gronkowski on season-ending IR

Patriots place Gronkowski on season-ending IR

The Patriots have placed Rob Gronkowski on injured reserve, officially ending the injured tight end's season. 

The Patriots have added running back D.J. Foster to the 53-man roster.

Gronkowski underwent surgery on his back Friday in Los Angeles. There was some hope he might be able to return if the Patriots reached the Super Bowl, but this move ends that.

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