Branch returns to practice, Seymour sits out


Branch returns to practice, Seymour sits out

ALAMEDA -- Strong safety Tyvon Branch returned to practice Friday morning, making his playing in the Raiders' home finale Sunday against Kansas City all the more likely.

Branch sat out practice Monday, Wednesday and Thursday with ankle and neck issues.

Defensive tackle Richard Seymour, however, was not practicing after being there all week. He suffered a setback to his strained hamstring on Thursday.

Lambo's OT field goal pushes Chargers past Falcons


Lambo's OT field goal pushes Chargers past Falcons

ATLANTA — Josh Lambo's 42-yard field goal in overtime gave San Diego its first road win of the year as the Chargers rallied from a 17-point deficit to beat the Atlanta Falcons 33-30 on Sunday.

The Chargers (3-4) trailed 27-10 in the second quarter. They had lost 11 of their past 12 road games.

Linebacker Denzel Perryman delivered two key plays late in the game. Perryman's interception of Matt Ryan's pass for Julio Jones set up Lambo's tying 33-yard field goal with 18 seconds remaining in regulation.

Perryman's fourth-and-1 stop on running back Devonta Freeman gave San Diego the ball at Atlanta's 43 for the Chargers' winning drive. Perryman grabbed Freeman's feet behind the line for the key tackle on the Falcons' gamble.

Atlanta took the lead with three straight second-quarter touchdowns before San Diego launched its comeback.

Melvin Gordon ran for 68 yards and two touchdowns and added a 5-yard scoring catch early in the fourth quarter, cutting Atlanta's lead to 30-27.

Atlanta's Matt Bryant missed his attempt for a 58-yard field goal on the final play of regulation. The Falcons (4-3) have lost two straight.

Jones had nine catches for 174 yards.

PROTEST: Five San Diego players raised their clenched right fists as their protest during the national anthem. Standing together on the San Diego sideline, offensive linemen D.J. Fluker, Chris Hairston and Joe Barksdale and linebacker Joshua Perry held up their fists as they stood. Offensive tackle Tyreek Burwell, inactive and not in uniform, also raised his fist as part of the protest.

There were no demonstrations from Falcons players.

200 AGAIN: Ryan passed for 273 yards for his NFL-record 46th consecutive game with more than 200 yards passing. He threw a 17-yard scoring pass to tight end Jacob Tamme in the second quarter.

INJURIES: Chargers defensive tackle Caraun Reid was carted off with a left knee injury in the first quarter and did not return. Reid had a teammate fall on his leg on a Falcons completion to tight end Levine Toilolo.

Murray found 'good comfort' in return, sparked Raiders run game

Murray found 'good comfort' in return, sparked Raiders run game

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – The Raiders running game missed Latavius Murray. The fourth-year veteran added a physicality to the rushing attack only 6-foot-3, 230 pounds can bring when running with violence.

That was missing some during his two games sidelined with a case of turf toe. He was able to return for Sunday’s game at Jacksonville, and spearheaded a productive Raiders run game that churned out 144 yards on 34 carries in a 33-16 victory over the Jaguars.

Murray had 18 carries for 59 yards and two touchdowns in his return, which was made without aggravating his toe issue. He won’t love 3.3 yards per carry average, but his style completed a well-round rushing attack that got the job done.

“When we’re able to run the ball, we do good things,” Murray said. “I think I had good comfort as the game went on.”

Murray scored the Raiders’ first touchdown from two yards out, completing a 75-yard drive with 63 of them on the ground.

His second scored virtually secured victory. A 9-yard touchdown run established a three-score lead with 2 minutes, 35 seconds left and the final margin of victory.

Murray credited the offensive line for getting good push and setting backs up for success.

“Creating a new line of scrimmage up front, and they were about to get me and the other backs into the second level,” Murray said. “Those guys were awesome today.”

Murray was able to return without setting himself back. He’ll continue getting treatment and being smart with his feet to be well prepared for the next outing.

“I felt good,” Murray said. “Now it’s a matter of continuing to keep myself ahead of the game, take care of my body and do what I’ve been doing.”