Raiders Notebook: McClain, Seymour don't practice

Raiders Notebook: McClain, Seymour don't practice

Dec. 2, 2010


Paul Gutierrez

ALAMEDA - Raiders rookie middle linebacker Rolando McClain and veterandefensive tackle Richard Seymour missed practice Thursday with a sorefoot and knee, respectively.

Seymour, though, is not considered a serious absence, as it was more aday off for him. McClain missing practice, on the other hand, issomewhat surprising.

"He came out of the game fine," said coach Tom Cable. "I mean, this is something (that) flared up this morning."

McClain, the No. 8 overall pick out of Alabama, has started every gamethis season. He has 57 tackles, third-highest on the team, oneinterception and half of one sack.

Cable was asked if McClain's foot could be an issue heading into the San Diego game.

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"We hope not," Cable said. "It's one of those things where we came intoday, it was a little sore yesterday, but nothing to even talk about.And then all of a sudden today, it was sore. So we're investigating it,looking into it. MRI, X-Ray, all of that."

The rest of the injury report:

Practice limited - WR Chaz Schilens(knee), TE Zach Miller (leg), Nnamdi Asomugha (ankle), SS Tyvon Branch(shoulder).

Did not practice - CB Chris Johnson (groin).

"You know, it would be questionable right now at best and who knows?"Cable said of Johnson potentially playing this weekend. "We'll see whattomorrow brings. But for whatever reason, we're not getting a lot ofimprovement there."

This is the first time Schilens has practiced on consecutive days since training camp.

Cable, on the disappearing Marcel Reece turning into Marcel Marceau onthe field: "I don't think the opportunities have been here like theywere early. Obviously, he was a very impactful player for us there fora stretch, and people are defending the heck out of him now. But Ithink there will be opportunities as we move forward."

Raiders LT Donald Penn, WR Amari Cooper to skip Pro Bowl

Raiders LT Donald Penn, WR Amari Cooper to skip Pro Bowl

The Raiders had an NFL-best seven players on the initial Pro Bowl roster. The number planning to play in the league’s all-star game continues to dwindle.

That total's down to three after left tackle Donald Penn and receiver Amari Cooper bowed out. Penn won’t be ready after suffering a knee injury in the regular-season finale, an ailment that kept him out of a playoff loss at Houston. Cincinnati’s Andrew Whitworth will take Penn’s place.

Cooper battled a shoulder injury late last season, though it's uncertain exactly what is keeping him from the game. 

In addition to Penn and Cooper, Quarterback Derek Carr obviously can't play while recovering from surgery to repair a broken fibula. Edge rusher Khalil Mack also bowed out recently with what is believed to be a minor back injury.

There’s a possibility a fifth Raider will also excuse himself. Center Rodney Hudson suffered an ankle injury in the playoffs. It remains uncertain whether he’ll play in the Pro Bowl.

Safety Reggie Nelson and left guard Kelechi Osemele remain firmly in the fray at this stage. 

Source: Raiders, OL coach Mike Tice agree on new deal

Source: Raiders, OL coach Mike Tice agree on new deal

Mike Tice’s contract expired shortly after this season’s end, but there was strong belief he would retain his post with a new deal.

A league source confirmed Wednesday that a new deal was in place for Tice to remain with the Raiders. The exact length of the contract was not disclosed. Assistant coach contracts are typically set for two years, though they can be three in some cases.

Tice was the first assistant Jack Del Rio hired after being named Raiders head coach. The two are long-time friends, dating back to days playing for the Minnesota Vikings in the 1990s.

Tice was Del Rio’s assistant head coach for three seasons in Jacksonville, which made him a natural fit for a new project in Oakland. It was a smart hire. Tice has been excellent as Raiders offensive line coach, managing and scheming for one of the NFL’s best position groups.

ESPN first reported the Tice agreement.

While offensive coordinator Bill Musgrave was allowed to leave on an expired contract and is now Denver quarterbacks coach, the rest of the Raiders offensive staff remains intact.

Quarterbacks coach Todd Downing was promoted to offensive coordinator and his assistant Jake Peetz assumes his old post.

The Raiders still have a vacancy on the defensive side, with Marcus Robertson out and on to the Broncos staff.