Injury report: Murray remains out, RT Howard back to full health

Injury report: Murray remains out, RT Howard back to full health

ALAMEDA – Raiders running back Latavius Murray hasn’t practiced in a while. He missed his fifth straight session on Thursday as he continues to rest and rehabilitate a bout of turf toe originally suffered in a Week 4 victory over Baltimore.

Turf toe can be a painful, nagging injury that occurs when ligaments around the big toe joint are sprained. Rest is the main treatment, though orthotics can ease some discomfort.

Murray plays a position where he can play without much, if any, practice. The Raiders will designate his playing status against Kansas City on Friday in their official injury report.

Murray missed a victory over San Diego, where Jalen Richard, DeAndre Washington and Jamize Olawale split carries and averaged 3.6 yards per carry.

It seems likely the Raiders will start a different right tackle on Sunday against the Chiefs. Rookie Vadal Alexander missed his second straight practice with an ankle injury, though veteran Austin Howard’s ankle is healed and he’s ready to take over there. He has been taken off the parictipation report and is fully active in practice.

Linebacker Malcolm Smith (groin) remains limited, though there is some question whether he's ready to start and take significant snaps. He was available in a pinch against San Diego, though Perry Riley and Cory James took snaps on the interior. 

Raiders tight end Clive Walford (knee) continued practicing as he tries to return after missing the previous game.

Chiefs running back Jamaal Charles, a noted Raiders killer, says he’s back to full health after being eased back in his return from ACL surgery. He should be ready to carry a full workload against the Raiders.

Chiefs participation report
Did not practice:
LB Sio Moore (illness)
Limited participation: OLB Tamba Hali (knee)
Full participation: RB Knile Davis (concussion), DB Phillip Gaines (knee), OL Jah Reid (knee), RB Charcandrick West (ankle), LB Sio Moore (illness)OLB Tamba Hali (knee)

Raiders participation report
Did not practice:
Latavius Murray (toe), OT Menelik Watson (calf), Vadal Alexander (ankle)
Limited participation: S Nate Allen (quad), LB Malcolm Smith (quad), RB Taiwan Jones (knee), OT Matt McCants (knee), TE Clive Walford (knee), Jon Feliciano (calf)

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.

The 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.