Davis: Raiders not going to change their uniforms


Davis: Raiders not going to change their uniforms

Yes, Nike is taking over the NFL's uniform design from Reebok for the upcoming season.And sure, rumors are running rampant that the apparel giant has radical changes in mind.But no, the Raiders are not on that train."The Raiders are not going to change their uniforms," Raiders owner Mark Davis told CSNCalifornia.com on Tuesday.Nor should they. And a legion of concerned fans can now exhale.
The Raiders boast one of the more iconic uniform schemes in all of organized sports. So why mess with it, right?"You've got the Yankee pinstripes, the Silver and Black, Dodger Blue," Davis said. "You know?"Indeed.Speculation has only gotten more extreme the past year, what with Reebok's contract running out and Nike brand president Charlie Denson saying in late 2010, after the five-year deal was announced, "We plan on changing the NFL jersey dramatically just like we've done with the college programs."Paging the Oregon Ducks and their ever-fantasticalacid flashbackotherworldly duds on a weekly basis.In fact, a gaggle of 32 fake jerseys has made its way onto the Internet, purportedly Nike's "Pro Combat" look. The Raiders' faux gear was comprised of a black helmet adorned by the Raiders' shield, a black jersey with silver piping and silver pants with the Raiders logo on the left hip.But NFL spokesman Brian McCarthy told Pro Football Talk recently the individual teams and the league itself determine logos and uniform schemes."We anticipate new uniform technology," McCarthy said, referring to the physical make of the uniform, not the aesthetic appeal. "Thats what Nike's Denson was referring to in his interview in 2010 regarding changes."Got it? As far as the Raiders are concerned, good. Unless, of course, they choose to break out those AFL throwbacks with the silver numbers a few more times.

Injury report: RB Murray questionable, in line to play Sunday

Injury report: RB Murray questionable, in line to play Sunday

ALAMEDA – The Raiders should get Latavius Murray back in time to play the Jacksonville Jaguars.

That’s good news for the running game and the entire Raiders roster, which is surprisingly healthy at this point in the season.

Murray was listed as questionable on Friday’s official injury report but, barring a setback, is expected to play after missing two games with turf toe.

Murray was limited the entire week, but his return to football activity was a productive period.

“I thought he had a good week of practice,” Raiders head coach Jack Del Rio said. “It was nice to have him back.”

Menelik Watson also returned this week, but was limited in each practice and deemed questionable for the game. He may be healthy enough to be active, but it’s uncertain whether he or Austin Howard will start at right tackle.

There are several examples of the Raiders bringing returners back slowly this season. They could make Watson an emergency option behind Howard in hopes of giving him another week to get back in the swing of things.

While there are key players on injured reserve, there was near-perfect attendance for Friday’s walk-thru practice before the team left for Jacksonville.

Brynden Trawick returned for this light session after missing two heavier days, though offensive tackle Vadal Alexander was considered a non-participant.

Raiders Status Report

OL Vadal Alexander (ankle)
RB Latavius Murray (toe), OL Rodney Hudson (knee), OL Gabe Jackson (knee), RB Taiwan Jones (knee), OT Menelik Watson (calf), OL Jon Feliciano (calf), S Brynden Trawick (shoulder)

Jaguars Status Report

OT Kelvin Beachum (knee), DL Jared Odrick (hip), TE Neal Sterling (foot), TE Julius Thomas (ankle)

NOTE: Jacksonville’s CB Prince Amukamara (hamstring), S Johnathan Cyprien (calf), S Tashaun Gipson (knee), RB Corey Grant (toe), WR Rashad Greene (Achilles), WR Allen Hurns (shoulder), DT Abry Jones (hamstring), G Brandon Linder (foot), DT Sen’Derrick Marks (knee) and OT Jeremy Parnell (hip) did not receive an injury designation, meaning they will play.

Injury report: Murray rebounds well after return to Raiders practice

Injury report: Murray rebounds well after return to Raiders practice

ALAMEDA – Latavius Murray will spend this practice week testing himself to see if he can play after a debilitating bout of turf toe sidelined him the last two games.

He returned to action on a limited basis for Wednesday’s practice, and needed to respond and rebound well to continue his quest back to the playing field.

Early returns have been positive.

"I think he got a handful of plays out there (on Wednesday)," offensive coordinator Bill Musgrave said before Thursday’s practice. "I think he’s looking to get better each and every day and hopefully it’s good enough by the time the next game arrives."

Murray practiced a second straight day on Thursday, strengthening his case to play against the Jaguars. That’s extremely likely, barring a setback.

That would certainly strengthen a Raiders running game that has slumped the past few weeks.

“Latavius has his own skill set,” Musgrave said. “Had some explosive runs for us last year. We’ll look forward to getting him back at some point. Hopefully it’s this week.”

Right tackle Menelik Watson practiced for a second straight day and seems in line to re-claim his starting spot against Jacksonville.

Special teams player Brynden Trawick and offensive lineman Vadal Alexander remain out.

It’s possible that Perry Riley will start at middle linebacker over rookie Cory James on Sunday.

Check back for complete participation reports for the Raiders and Jaguars.