Injury report: Hayden, Latham miss practice; Amerson limited


Injury report: Hayden, Latham miss practice; Amerson limited

ALAMEDA – While the focus was generally concentrated on Derek Carr’s right pinky during Wednesday’s practice, the appendage and the Raiders quarterback it’s attached to were present.

The same can’t be said for a few key defensive players. Cornerback DJ Hayden (hamstring), defensive tackle Darius Latham (ankle) and edge rusher Shilique Calhoun (knee) missed practice, and it’s virtually certain they won’t play Sunday’s game against the Bills.

Hayden hurt himself Sunday against Carolina and was almost immediately ruled out. Latham was seen in the locker room walking a walking boot, assisted with a cane.

The interior defensive line took another hit with tackle Stacy McGee out with an ankle injury. His ailment’s severity remains unknown.

News on cornerback David Amerson looks promising. He missed the Panthers win with a knee injury, and was limited in practice. He missed two heavy practices last week and was limited during a Friday walk-thru.

Middle linebacker Perry Riley, who also missed the Panthers game, remains limited with a hamstring injury. Malcolm Smith popped up on the participation with an identical ailment and activity level.

Carr was a full participant and is expected to play on Sunday.

According to reports out of Buffalo, Bills receiver Sammy Watkins came out to practice but did not participate due to foot soreness. He returned last week after a long injury layoff.

Bills participation report
Did not practice:
WR Robert Woods (knee), CB Ronald Darby (concussion), WR Percy Harvin (illness), LB Lorenzo Alexander (aknle), OT Cordy Glenn (back), S James Ihedigbo (ankle), WR Sammy Watkins (foot), TE Charles Clay
Limited practice: OG Richie Incognito (neck), DT Marcell Dareus (abdominal), RB Mike Gillislee (hamstring), LB Preston Brown (wrist), S Sergio Brown (hamsring), OG John Miller (shoulder)
Full participation: LB Zach Brown (hand), QB Tyrod Taylor (groin)

Raiders participation report
Did not practice:
LB Shilique Calhoun (knee), CB DJ Hayden (hamstring), DT Darius Latham (ankle), DT Stacy McGee (ankle)
Limited participation: CB David Amerson (knee), WR Michael Crabtree (ankle), C Rodney Hudson (knee), RB Latavius Murray (ankle), OG Kelechi Osemele (knee), LB Malcolm Smith (hamstring), LB Perry Riley Jr. (hamstring)
Full participation: QB Derek Carr (finger)


Raiders remain on a receiver hunt as their top target signs elsewhere


Raiders remain on a receiver hunt as their top target signs elsewhere

The Raiders missed out on signing Ryan Grant. The former Washington receiver visited the team’s Alameda training complex, but left without a contract and ultimately chose to sign a one-year, $5 million deal with Indianapolis.

They lost that one, but are undeterred in their quest to upgrade the receiver corps.

They already signed Jordy Nelson and let Michael Crabtree walk, hoping for steady production and quality locker room leadership in the exchange.

Cordarrelle Patterson was traded to New England on Sunday, creating a spot in the position group.

The Raiders tried to fill it with Grant. No go, no matter.

They hosted veteran Eric Decker on Tuesday, according to multiple reports. They also declared interest in Allen Hurns, a player the Jaguars released Tuesday morning.

Hurns listed the Raiders among interested teams – he said there were 10 in total – in an interview with KFNZ radio in Charlotte, N.C.

Hurns has a 1,000-yard season to his credit – his biggest year came with now-Raiders offensive coordinator Greg Olson as Jacksonville's O.C. -- and two relative down years since. Injuries have also played a part in that.

Decker had a stellar four-year run with Denver and the New York Jets, but was less effective during two seasons in Tennessee. The 31-year old has experience in the slot, and could be a productive No. 3 option in Jon Gruden’s offense.

Gruden doesn't mind working with veteran receivers, something clear from his past and willingness to add Nelson as a major contributor. 

Even if the Raiders don't land a veteran receiver, they could also look for a receiver in the NFL draft.

Amari Cooper will remain the No. 1 option. Seth Roberts has $4.45 million guaranteed in 2018. Johnny Holton, Isaac Whitney and Keon Hatcher are also on the roster.

Report: Ndamukong Suh set to meet with Raiders


Report: Ndamukong Suh set to meet with Raiders

After visiting the Titans, Saints and Rams, free agent defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh will make a stop in the East Bay.

Recently released by the Dolphins, Suh will visit with the Raiders on Wednesday, according to ESPN.

The former No. 2 overall pick made it through just three seasons of a six-year, $114 million deal he signed with Miami prior to the 2015 season.

The 31-year-old Portland, Oregon native last made the Pro Bowl in 2016 and was last earned First-Team All Pro honors in 2014.

In 16 games with the Dolphins last season, Suh recorded 4.5 sacks and 48 combined tackles.