Gutierrez: Raiders' Pryor shows moves...after game

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Gutierrez: Raiders' Pryor shows moves...after game

Sept. 2, 2011GUTIERREZ ARCHIVE
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Paul Gutierrez
CSNCalifornia.comSEATTLE -- His body language gave some hints. His deed filled in the blanks.Up and at attention for most of the game, Terrelle Pryor looked every part the dutiful student as he had headphones resting atop his baseball cap, a clipboard at his side and listened in attentively on every sideline quarterback meeting.This was going to be the night when he'd get on a football field for any meaningful action for the first time since the Sugar Bowl in January. His last meaningful action before his NFL-mandated five-game suspension kicks in on Saturday, since he cannot practice during his ban.NBC reported on Sunday that Pryor, selected by the Raiders in the league's supplemental draft on Aug. 22 and signed on Aug. 25, would play against Seattle in the exhibition finale. And while Raiders coach Hue Jackson said he told the network Pryor "could" play, he hinted all week it would happen.RECAP: Raiders fall to Seattle, finish preseason winless
No wonder the Blogosphere, the Twitterverse and all of Raider Nation sat in joyful hope of Pryor taking the field for a series or two and showing off his myriad skills against the Seahawks. He looked the part.But when it became apparent Pryor was not going to play, his shoulders slumped. He retreated to the bench late in the fourth quarter and took a seat next to fellow rookie Taiwan Jones.Was he sulking? Or was the realization of his suspension, in which he can attend meetings, hitting him full bore? Did he think he would play and, if so, did he feel misled?Jackson acknowledged after the Raiders' 20-3 defeat he contemplated putting Pryor in the game."I thought about it, but there was so much pressure and having to call plays that he hadn't had a chance to practice," Jackson said. "I didn't want to put him in an uncomfortable situation. I don't think that's fair to the kid."That's not building a bully. Honestly, that's just being smart.Because Oakland's back-up offensive line, many of whom will not be on the roster Saturday afternoon, was brutal in the second half. Kyle Boller took a beating. The same thumping Trent Edwards experienced against New Orleans.Then again, Pryor's strength is in his legs. His running ability and his speed. And it was never more apparent than in the post-game locker room."I've got to go get something," he told me when I asked if he had a minute.Then, when approached by another group of reporters, he said, "I've got to go to the bathroom."And, like that, he was gone. Pryor found a back door and was ghost.With his deft moves on the media, surely he could have avoided the random Seahawks rusher, right?Then again, perhaps Pryor was showing some of that newfound maturity. Maybe he knew he would say something he'd later regret so he chose to say nothing.Check back in Week 6.

Injury report: Raiders interior D-line ailing; Amerson says he's ready

Injury report: Raiders interior D-line ailing; Amerson says he's ready

ALAMEDA – The Raiders interior defensive line is ailing, with tackles Darius Latham and Stacy McGee ruled out of Sunday’s game against the Buffalo Bills.

They were formally designated unavailable Friday on the team’s official injury report.

The timing isn’t great from a Raiders perspective. They’re facing the NFL’s best rushing attack, and will need others to play more snaps and stop Buffalo’s run game effectively.

Dan Williams and Justin Ellis are effective run stoppers and must carry an increased workload. Jihad Ward and Denico Autry will also work extensively in the middle.

While a significant hamstring injury will forced the Raiders to place DJ Hayden on injured reserve, David Amerson expects to be back after missing last game with a knee injury.

He was limited in practice all week and is considered questionable, but feels good enough to go.

“I feel good, man,” Amerson said. “I'm ready to get back out there and compete.”

They’ll need him and Sean Smith to anchor on the outside, with TJ Carrie now stepping into the slot role.

The Raiders will also be without reserve edge rusher Shilique Calhoun, out a second game after having a procedure on his knee.

Starting interior linebackers Perry Riley and Malcolm Smith are considered questionable with hamstring strains.

Quarterback Derek Carr was a full participant every practice this week and was taken off the injury report. He threw a second straight day without a glove.

Bills head coach Rex Ryan said receiver Sammy Watkins will play on Sunday against the Raiders despite a broken foot. Local reporters have suggested his snap count may be down.

Buffalo will miss cornerback Ronald Darby and receivers Percy Harvin and Robert Woods, who were ruled out with injury.

Bills Injury Report
Out

WR Robert Woods (knee), CB Ronald Darby (concussion), WR Percy Harvin (illness)
Questionable
OLB Lorenzo Alexander (ankle), OT Cordy Glenn (back), S James Ihedigbo (ankle), WR Sammy Watkins (foot), TE Charles Clay (knee), G Richie Incognito (neck), DT Marcell Dareus (abdominal), RB Mike Gillislee (hamstring), S Sergio Brown (wrist), G John Miller (shoulder), WR Marquise Goodwin (wrist)

Raiders Injury Report
Out
LB Shilique Calhoun (knee), DT Stacy McGee (ankle), DT Darius Latham (ankle)
Questionable
CB David Amerson (knee), WR Michael Crabtree (ankle), C Rodney Hudson (knee), RB Latavius Murray (ankle), OL Kelechi Osemele (knee), LB Perry Riley Jr. (hamstring), LB Malcolm Smith (hamstring)

Raiders to place DJ Hayden on injured reserve: 'A big blow'

Raiders to place DJ Hayden on injured reserve: 'A big blow'

ALAMEDA – Raiders cornerback DJ Hayden was a productive member of the Raiders secondary this season. He found a role in the slot and filled it well, playing with aggressiveness and confidence as the team’s third corner.

This was a positive step after injuries and effectiveness plagued the 2013 first round pick early in his NFL tenure. During Sunday’s victory over Carolina, his career took another cruel twist.

He got tangled up with receiver Kelvin Benjamin early in the fourth quarter, landed awkwardly and suffered a hamstring injury that ended his season early.

The Raiders will place Hayden on injured reserve before their home game against Buffalo, head coach Jack Del Rio announced on Friday afternoon.

"He has a substantial hamstring injury, and won’t be returning this year for us,” Del Rio said. “That was a big blow. It’s unfortunate. He was playing well.”

Hayden has played his last down of the season. He might’ve played his last down as a Raider as well. He was not offered a fifth-year team option afforded to first-round picks, and is set to be an unrestricted free agent at season’s end.

The Raiders locked up David Amerson and Sean Smith to long-term contracts this offseason.

If Hayden walks, it would mark a disappointing end for Reggie McKenzie’s initial first-round pick. Hayden battled with injuries early in his career. He was drafted No. 12 overall despite having a heart issue stemming from a practice incident at the University of Houston. He played eight games as a rookie and landed on IR with a groin strain.

Hayden missed the first six games of 2016 with a foot issue, but rebounded well and played 37 consecutive games before hurting his hamstring against Carolina.

“It's tough,” Amerson said. “It's the way the league goes, man. It sucks individually for DJ and for us as a DB unit because he was an important piece.”

TJ Carrie will become the Raiders’ slot cornerback, a position he held as a rookie. He started 14 games last season, but has taken a backseat with Amerson and Smith established on the outside.

“He’s been a pro all year,” Del Rio said. “He’s really been good for us. He played a lot bigger role last year, and has been prepared at all times to go in. We have a lot of confidence in TJ.”

Carrie has stepped in a lot lately, with Smith and Amerson missing time with injury in November. Rookie Antonio Hamilton now sits behind him as the No. 4 cornerback.