Injury report: LT Penn misses second straight Raiders practice


Injury report: LT Penn misses second straight Raiders practice

ALAMEDA – Raiders left tackle Donald Penn has made 155 consecutive starts, and doesn’t want to snap that streak in the playoffs. A bum knee has called his status into question and kept him out of a second straight practice on Thursday.

Penn is rehabbing extensively to prepare for Saturday’s AFC Wild Card round contest at Houston, but it remains uncertain whether he’ll play.

The Raiders have a contingency plan in place. Right tackle Menelik Watson would move to Penn’s spot, with veteran Austin Howard stepping in for Watson.

“Definitely some mixing and matching going on,” Raiders offensive coordinator Bill Musgrave said. “This time of year, a lot of people are banged up. Going to put our healthiest five bodies out there and put them in a good place where they can work cohesively and we get a good end result.”

The Raiders typically release their injury report two days before kickoff, but that mandate it backed up 24 hours on Saturday kickoffs. Penn won’t have a formal designation until Friday afternoon.

There was no change to the team’s injury report, with safety Nate Allen and quarterback Derek Carr still out with injury. Several players, including Amari Cooper, Michael Crabtree and Kelechi Osemele have been limited but are expected to play.

That group also includes quarterback Matt McGloin. He seems set to be active as rookie starter Connor Cook’s backup against the Texans.

The Texans ruled outside linebacker John Simon out with a chest injury earlier on Thursday.

Raiders participation report
Did not practice:
QB Derek Carr (ankle), S Nate Allen (concussion), LT Donald Penn (knee)
Limited participation: LG Kelechi Osemele (ankle) S Karl Joseph (toe), WR Amari Cooper (shoulder), WR Michael Crabtree (ankle), WR Andre Holmes (shoulder), LB Malcolm Smith (hamstring), QB Matt McGloin (shoulder)
Full participation:DT Stacy McGee (groin), OT Austin Howard (shoulder)

Texans participation report
Did not participate:
QB Tom Savage (concussion), OLB John Simon (chest)
Limited participation: S Quentin Demps (hamstring), FB Jay Prosch (ankle/knee)
Full participation: DE Jadeveon Clowney (elbow/wrist), OLB Brian Cushing (ankle), TE Ryan Griffith (quad), CB Kareem Jackson (neck), S Don Jones (elbow), CB Johnathan Joseph (ribs/shoulder), RB Lamar Miller (ankle), K Nick Novak (shoulder), G Jeff Allen (ankle), CB A.J. Bouye (groin), OT Chris Clark (ankle), S Andre Hal (calf)

Aldon Smith back in custody after police say he violated restraining order


Aldon Smith back in custody after police say he violated restraining order

SAN FRANCISCO — Former Oakland Raiders player Aldon Smith surrendered to police Friday on charges he violated a domestic violence restraining order.

San Francisco police said the 28-year-old Smith turned himself and was booked on three misdemeanor charges of violating a court order to stay away from a domestic violence victim.

Earlier this month, Smith pleaded not guilty to domestic violence and other charges and a judge issued a protective order prohibiting him from contacting the victim.

Police said Smith violated the restraining order earlier this week.

Smith’s attorney, Joshua Bentley, did not return a voicemail message from The Associated Press seeking comment.

The Raiders released the linebacker days after his arrest on the domestic violence charges.

He had been on the suspended list since late 2015 for violating the NFL’s policy on substance abuse.

Raiders retain E.J. Manuel, now have four QBs on the roster


Raiders retain E.J. Manuel, now have four QBs on the roster

The Raiders have a lot of quarterbacks under contract, certainly more than they’ll have come September.

That means the battle to be Derek Carr’s backup should be fierce. EJ Manuel had that title last year, with a shot to retain it after re-signing with the club on Thursday afternoon.

Veteran Josh Johnson signed up Monday, and those two will join third-year man Connor Cook behind Carr on the depth chart.

New head coach Jon Gruden loved Cook coming out of the draft, but the Michigan State alum failed to earn the backup job last season and must make a move up the depth chart to kickstart his career.

Manuel has a strong arm and starting experience, making him a steady and solid backup option. He completed 24-of-43 passes for 265 yards, a touchdown and an interception in two games when Carr was hurt.

Johnson might be a camp arm at this point, though he’ll be given a chance to compete this spring and summer.

Carr has been hurt for at least a small stretch in each of the last two seasons. Having Manuel in that spot might offer stability.

Gruden addressed last year’s backup quarterbacks last month at the NFL Scouting Combine.

Gruden on Manuel: “I think EJ is a young, talented guy,” Gruden said. “He’s been in the facility working out on his own every day. There is a bright upside to him, too, as a young quarterback to keep working with. He’s a free agent, but the Philadelphia Eagles proved that’s a pretty damn important position, isn’t it? Right? So we have to address that and see where we are.”

Gruden on Cook: “I am kind of surprised Connor hasn’t played in two years, other than the playoff game he got in as a rookie. After Derek got hurt last year, they turned the ball to EJ. I don’t know where Connor Cook is. I am frustrated right now that I can’t spend any time with him, but, April 9th (when the Raiders offeseason program starts) will be an exciting day for me and Connor Cook.”